I have Daniel J. Zent's diary of his family's journey from Colorado to Oregon in a covered wagon in 1877 and the story written by his son Frank P. Zent (11 years old on the trip) some thirty years later from the diary and his memories of the trip.
At the end of the story states:
"... and how we followed it to the Puget Sound; how the family began to grow up and drop away from the parent stat like leaves from the tree with the frosts of autumn; how the magic lure of the “Just Beyond” kept Father and Mother constantly on the move with a constantly decreasing family; and finally how a little band of us, gathered from the wooded hills of Puget Sound and the cities and prairies of the great, golden Inland Empire, one sad day stood watching them lower the remains of the husband, father, and sturdy old pioneer into his last resting place overlooking the beautiful city of Walla Walla, the Land of Promise that held our dreams during that long and weary trail over the great western prairies. But this would be the story of a new life in a new world. With the end of the diary we have reached the end of an epoch…
There let us rest."
I hope to have it printed before the end of the year and will try to make it available for others outside the immediate family at cost, possibly available to order off the internet. This is not for profit. It has been a journey of discovery and I have added some old pictures and other family information found on the internet. I you are interested I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian L. Horn