The Captivity of Olive Oatman

MASSACRE ON THE ARIZONA MESA

Olive Oatman, ca 1863-Public Domain

The Journey West

It was 1850. Roys Boise Oatman was 41 years old and looking for God. Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, was assassinated just six years before only 20 miles from the Oatman residence in LaHarpe, Indiana.

It was a tough time to be Mormon. There was much dissent among the practitioners, and…