Ella Lindstrom loses her husband on the wagon train ride west from Boston. With her seven children she decides to stay the course against the wishes of Major Adams. It gets more complicated when she thinks she is expecting number eight.


(as Allen Miner)


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Episode credited cast:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Ella Lindstrom
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Cynthia Chenault ...
Inga Lindstrom (as Cindy Robbins)
James Fitzpatrick
Dr. Vincent Monroe
Sam - Bartender
Harold Daye ...
Stig Lindstrom (as Harold T. Daye)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Burnham ...
Marguerite Lindstrom


Ella Lindstrom and her seven children lose her husband to a mysterious illness on the trail. Adams offers to allow her and the children to return to Boston if they desire but the family agrees in their family meeting to continue west. She asks the Major to take her to Dodge City to see a doctor as she believes she is expecting her eighth child. Her seventh child cannot speak as she had the measles while pregnant with him. The doctor tells her not to worry about the pregnancy. He is concerned but not knowing Ella is unsure what to do so he locates Major Adams and tells him what he found. Ella leaves town early so Adams is forced to tell her himself that the doctor found she is not pregnant but has a growth that is fatal and he gives her 5-6 weeks. In a family meeting she tells the family the situation. They decide to go on to California and the kids will locate foster families on the train. Unknown to Ella her oldest daughter Inga has been seeing a young man James Fitzpatrick but since... Written by Anonymous

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4 February 1959 (USA)  »

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The poem read at the end of the show is the second verse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. See more »

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What Will We Do With Our Children?
30 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

On the big screen Ward Bond was in movies with just about any star you can name from the Hollywood studio years. When he got to star in Wagon Train on television he managed to work with a few people that he missed during his career. One of those was Bette Davis in the first of three Wagon Train appearances.

In The Ella Lindstrom Story Bette eschews all the Bette Davis mannerisms she used to carry many a bad film. She's a widowed pioneer woman whose husband recently died on the trip west and left her with 8 children. And another on the way.

But when she stops in Dodge City to confer with a doctor she gets the horrible news that it isn't new life within her, but a dreaded growth that takes life. The rest of the episode concerns the decisions that Bette has to make for her kids in the short time she has left.

What could have been one maudlin episode is not mainly because Bette Davis wills it not so. And she's got the acting chops to back it up. It's a good story, but one of the saddest ever on the trips west with the Wagon Train.

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