Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Family's History and Lore

Shannon Applegate, Author, Mueller, Author Beech Tree Paperback Book $22.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-05350-5
Three Applegate brothersCharley, Lindsay, Jesseand their families came to Oregon in 1843, ultimately settling in the Yoncalla Valley. They built an emigrant road, set up homesteads and became involved in territorial affairs. Some family members left temporarily to seek gold in California and Idaho. Wives and daughters wrote letters, kept journals, saved photographs and other memorabilia. They stored a treasure trove to be discovered by a fifth-generation descendant, the author, who has fashioned a splendidly detailed history of the family. The first section, 1843-1867, reads like a novel; the second part profiles two sons and three daughters of the settlers. Finally, Applegate describes her return to the old home place and the surviving members of the family's third generation (her great-aunt and great-uncle). The Applegates played a vital role in Oregon's history, and their story will have great local interest; it will also appeal to readers interested in the pioneer experience. Photos. (October)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
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