Pioneer Tales of the Oregon Trail and of Jefferson County

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Crane, 1912 - Frontier and pioneer life - 488 pages
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Outstanding biographical profile of early life in Nebraska along the Oregon Trail in addition to genealogical facts about many of the early settlers.

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Page 269 - The north half of the southeast quarter, and the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section twenty-four (24), the east half of the northeast quarter...
Page 130 - I do not worry about myself— then why should you for me— I do not discover in your letter any anxiety on your own account— then let us for the future look on the bright side of the subject and indulge no more in useless anxiety. It effects nothing and is almost universally the Bug Bear of the Imagination. The reports of the Gold regions here are as encouraging as they were at M[as]s.
Page 23 - ... Nebraska tales are it is, of course, impossible for one at this distance to say. We will suppose they are all right. Some other statements are not. What will be thought, for instance, of this sentence, taken from page 22: "Prior to Dr. White's band of colonists, a Dr. Whitman, who was a missionary in the Puget Sound country, where he had settled in 1835 with a colony of Americans, and where there were only about 1 50 white people living at this early date, was sent to Washington, DC, to place...
Page 269 - Also an undivided onesixth of the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section fifteen; the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter, and the south half of the southwest quarter, of the northwest quarter of section twenty, — all in township seventy-five north, of range thirty-two west...
Page 128 - PM, making the journey in four and one-half days. Mr. Gould says they "found the city very regularly laid out and having a handsome appearance, but what appears very disgusting to Eastern people is the filth, and the hogs that roam the streets and seem to have perfect liberty throughout the city.
Page 134 - ... a favor. The Pawnees are divided into four distinct bands. These are the Grand Pawnees, the Republican Pawnees, Pawnee Loups, and Tapage Pawnees. The Grand Pawnee village is on the south side of the Platte 130 miles from its junction with the Missouri. Tapage and a part of the Republican band live in the same village on the north side of the Loup fork of the Platte 30 miles above its mouth. The other part of the Republican band live in a little village 4 miles above the Tapage on the same stream....
Page 147 - ... far below their villages. Now they are obliged to travel out from ten to twenty days to reach them. The buffalo are rapidly diminishing and will in time become extinct. " When they leave their villages to hunt the buffalo, they take every man and beast with them, and the place of their habitations is as desolate and solitary during their absence as any other spot on the prairie. When the time of departure arrives all the furniture and provisions they wish to carry with them are packed on the...
Page iv - Every effort has been made to get 'the exact facts. In some instances this was very difficult. For instance, the author has received and gone over sixteen almost entirely different versions of one certain incident, and in the end disappointed many by giving his own version of the affair, written after the most painstaking and diligent search from records and irrefutable evidence.
Page 221 - ... was all cut and shot to pieces." They called him Wild Bill after that, and he had earned the name. There were six dead men on the floor of the dugout. He had fairly whipped the ten of them, and the four remaining had enough and fled from that awful hole in the ground. Two of these were badly wounded. Bill followed them to the door. His own weapons were exhausted or not at hand by this time, but his stableman came up just then with a rifle in his hands. Bill caught it from him, and, cut up as...

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