History of Early Days in Oregon

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Reprinted from the Riddle Enterprise, 1920 - Frontier and pioneer life - 74 pages
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First published as History of early days in Oregon in 1920 and reprinted in 1948. A narrative of the author's trip across the plains from Springfield to Oregon in 1852, with material relating to Indian troubles, pioneer life in the 1850s.

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Page 46 - Their house, weatherboarded with shakes, was built on the bank of the river at the lower end of the Aunt Mary Riddle orchard.
Page 8 - Will not violence destroy confidence, and can equality subsist where the extent, policy, and practice of it will naturally lead to make odious distinctions among citizens? The people who may compose this national legislature from the southern states, in which, from the mildness of the climate, the fertility of the soil, and the value of its productions, wealth is rapidly acquired, and where the same causes naturally lead to luxury, dissipation, and a passion for aristocratic...
Page 54 - There was no house or settlement within ten or twelve miles of it. ... Bates and some others had induced a small party of peaceable Indians, who belonged in that vicinity, to enter into an engagement to remain at peace with the whites during the war which was going on at some distance from them, and by way of ratification of this treaty, invited them to partake of a feast in an unoccupied log house just across the way from the
Page 54 - At Grave creek I stopped to feed my horse and get something to eat. There was a house there, called the ' Bates House,' after the man who kept it. It was a rough, wooden structure without a floor, and had an immense clapboard funnel at one end, which served as a chimney. There was no house or settlement within ten or twelve miles or more of it.
Page 38 - After the death o fthe chief, the Indians who were not affected with the fever scattered into the mountains, leaving some of the sick who were not able to follow to shift for themselves.
Page 43 - Fung-shuy or geomancy — Difficulty of laying out railroads without removal of graves — How that can be managed. As before stated, it is not my purpose to give a detailed account of the manners and customs of the Chinese, nor of their language, literature, philosophy, or religion, for these have been exhaustively considered by the writers to whom reference is made in the preface.
Page 50 - When the seeds were ripe the country was burned off. This left the plant standing with the tar burned off and the seeds left in the pods. Immediately after the fire there would be an army of squaws armed with an implement made of twigs shaped like a tennis racket with their basket swung in front they would beat the seeds from the pods into the basket.
Page 56 - The day following there arrived a part of their company went up Cow creek on the south bank of the stream about four miles from our house. They found a small camp of Indians — one very old rheumatic Indian, a brother of the old Chief Miwaleta, one squaw and one little girl about three years old. The old Indian and the squaw were shot down.
Page 38 - There were many things happened to irritate the Indians and to threaten the peace. There was a class of white men in the country who acted upon the principal that the Indian had no rights that a white man should respect. In the fall of 1852 a young man, a mere boy, wantonly stabbed an Indian boy, who lingered a few weeks and died.
Page 24 - ... brandy. From the fact that a heavy government wagon had been left standing over the cache, the conclusion was reached that it had been abandoned by a government train and our stock was turned to several years before.

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