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Reminiscences of an Old Timer. A Recital of the Actual Events, Incidents, Trials, Hardships, Vicissitudes, Adventures, Perils, and Escapes of a Pioneer, Hunter, Miner and Scout of the Pacific Northwest.
Author: Hunter, George, Colonel
Reference #: 1842
Status: For Sale
List Price: $120.00
Balance of title of this Third Edition reads: Together with His later Experiences in Official and Business Capacities, and a Brief Description of the Resources, Beauties and Advantages of the New Northwest; the several Indian Wars, Anecdotes, Etc.
Review and Herald, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1888. [xxv] + 508 p.; frontis port. and 15 other illustrations, all present. Red pebbled leather, gilt titles, gilt image of “Timus White Chief of the Palouses” (the author’s Indian name) on front boards, paneled in blind. This copy notable and desirable because of the gift inscription from “Col Thos. Pennell”(?) to his cousins, the “Porter Sisters”. A Very Good copy in tight binding; internally generally clean and bright; spine and cover edges significantly darkened.
The Hunter family migrated across the plains in 1852. Amongst the themes described in this memoir, some worthy of note are a description of mining life in Shasta City, the Rogue River Indian War of 1853, the infamous massacre of Dr. Whitman (thus adding a personal appraisal to the myriad of studies of this tragic event), the impact in 1861 of the commencement of the Civil War (The War between the States), and the vigilante committees. Despite the description of various hostilities, there is also much of the amity with some natives: “Big Thunder and others of the Palouse Indians came over and assured me that they would stay with me and help protect my family, in case the hostiles should attack me. Quite a number of the Palouses came and camped near me during the time the hostiles were west of the Blue mountains.” (p. 413).
Though primarily concerned with his military role in the Pacific Northwest, the material on the overland journey provides much first-hand detail. “When starvation loomed on the Oregon plains, he and a friend ‘pulled ahead to save the provisions’ and he did not see his family again for two years.” (Mattes, op. cit p. 1852)
[Smith 4820; Howes H811 who codes it as ‘mildly scarce’; and Adams, ‘Six-Guns & Saddle Leather’ (1954) 525, and Decker, ‘Soliday Collection’, I – 1234; Mattes, ‘Plattes River Road Narratives’, 1203.]
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