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Culled from the documents, letters, journals, recollections, manuscripts, and photographs collected by the pioneer women of her family, the author reconstructs their perilous 1843 journey to Oregon and a view of the emerging West
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Shannon Applegate's visit with several elderly Applegate relatives changed the course of her creative life. Soon afterward, she moved into the ancestral home in Yoncalla and began the seventeen years of researching and writing that led to Skookum. Her recent experiences as sexton of the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery are chronicled in her book, Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery. She is also co-editor of Talking on Paper: An Anthology of Oregon Letters and Diaries (OSU Press).From Publishers Weekly:
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.
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