The Frink Family in America
Second Edition
Compiled by Peggy Frink Humphreys
Margaret Alsip Frink

Fifth Generation

Margaret Alsip Frink (1817-1893), wife of Ledyard Frink (1811-1900), kept a remarkable diary of their trip in 1850 from Indiana to Oakland, CA, at the time of the Gold Rush. Titled Overland to California, it was published by her husband in 1897.

The diary is reprinted in full in a 1992 book, Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Schissel. It is also part of Covered Wagon Women, Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850, edited and compiled by Kenneth Holmes.

After their cross-country trip, Ledyard and Margaret settled in California and prospered. In 1850, they opened a hotel on K Street, Sacramento, with a distinctive offering - free, fresh milk. "This was a great attraction to men," she wrote, "many of whom had not tasted milk for one or two years."

In 1930, L.A. Winchell, Margaret's nephew, presented the saddle on which she rode for much of the journey, to Sutter's Fort Museum, Sacramento, CA. The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City, OR, an outstanding installation, has engraved sentences from her book on its walls to illustrate various exhibits.