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Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Family's History and Lore (Northwest Reprints)

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In 1843, brothers Jesse, Lindsay, and Charley Applegate--accompanied by their wives and twenty-two children--led the first wagon train from Missouri to Oregon. By the end of the decade, the restless clan had left the crowded Willamette Valley and pointed their wagons toward Yoncalla in southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley. There, Charley built an immense two-story frame home--with one side for men, the other for women. A single fireplace, which opened toward both sides of the house, ensured that only the smoke was permitted to mingle. The divided house in Yoncalla is at the heart of Shannon Applegate's Skookum, a powerful chronicle of her pioneer family. With the skill of a historian and the craft of a novelist, Applegate recounts the story of her family over several generations--the dreams, hardships, mysteries, and joys. Their experiences encompass many of the predominant historical themes of the early American West: the effects of the intermittent gold rushes, the troubled relations between settlers and Indians, the use of land and other natural resources. Yet Shannon Applegate looks beyond the well-known lives of the Applegate men, in whose honor were named a trail, a town, a river, and a mountain peak, to offer a more intimate history. Skookum gives voice to the women of the family, who, writes Applegate, as surely as certain stitches ... have held the generations together. (Skookum is Chinook jargon for strong, power, full of spirit.) Her female kin kept the time by cherishing and protecting the thousands of family letters, journals, recollections, manuscripts, sketchbooks, and photographs. Tied into neat bundles and stored for years in chests of aromatic cedar and Douglasfir, these family treasures infuse Skookum's narratives with the powerful presence of the past. Out of these richly detailed sources. Shannon Applegate has fashioned a compelling, imaginative saga that brings her extraordinary family and the emerging West dramatically to life.

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The great-granddaughter of a pioneer family remembers the lives of its women. Shannon Applegate has delved into thousands of family documents, letters, journals, recollections, manuscripts, sketchbooks, and photographs that survived because they were cherished and protected by generations of female relatives before her. Photographs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870711190
Author:
Applegate, Shannon
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Author:
Wilfong, Cheryl
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Automobile travel
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Northwest Reprints
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
460
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.9 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , The great-granddaughter of a pioneer family remembers the lives of its women. Shannon Applegate has delved into thousands of family documents, letters, journals, recollections, manuscripts, sketchbooks, and photographs that survived because they were cherished and protected by generations of female relatives before her. Photographs.
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