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History Of The Pacific Northwest
Oregon and Washington
Original Copyright 1889
Compiled and Published by the
North Pacific History Company
of Portland, Oregon
Contents of Volume I
(Page 1 - 10)
To Discover a Sea-path from Europe to India, the Incentive of Pacific Coast Exploration - Voyages, whether Eastward or Westward from Europe, alike and necessarily Precursors of the Discovery of Northwest America - Reputed Discoveries by the Cabots and Cortereal - The Strait of Anian Myth - Fictitious Narratives of Pretended Voyages of Maldonado, de Fuca and de Foute Stimulated North Pacific Exploration.
(1513 - 1543.)
Page 11 - 15
Balboa Crosses the Continent and Discovers the Pacific Ocean - Pioneer Explorations on the West Coast of North America. Adjacent to the Isthmus and Working Northward - Magellan Passes Through the Strait which Bears his Name, Enters and Nominates the Pacific Ocean - Cortez Discovers and Subjugates Mexico - Voyages of Mendoza, Grijalva, Becarra, Ulloa, Alarcon, Cabrillo, and Ferrelo on the West Coast of America - The Pacific Coast Examined from Panama Northward to Cape Mendocino.
(1556 - 1603.)
Page 16 - 19
Spain Conquers the Philippine Islands - Unlaneta's Return Voyages Eastward from Manilla to Acapulco - Commercial Voyages Between Manilla and Mexico - Voyages of Francisco de Gaili - Cruise of Sir Francis Drake - Takes Possession, Calling the Coast New Albion - Voyages of Thomas Cavendish - Voyages of Vizcaino - Cruise of Martin De Aguilar - Change of Maritime Policy of Spain.
(1613 - 1779.)
Page 20 - 26
Cape Horn Discovered by the Dutch - Theories for Effecting Direct Communication Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, or Between Western Europe and the East Indies - Russian and Siberian Voyages in the North Pacific, and Discoveries on the Northwest Coast of America.
(1683 - 1770.)
Page 27 - 30
Spanish Settlements on the Coast of California - Jesuit Missionary Conquest of Lower California - Expulsion of the Jesuits by Charles III. - The Franciscans Establish Missions in Upper California - Inland Discovery and Settlement of San Diego, San Francisco and Monterey - California's Department of Spain, its Northern Boundary Undefined.
(1774 - 1779.)
Page 31 - 33
Renewal of Spanish Exploration on the North Pacific - Voyages of Perez, Heceta, Bodega and Arteaga
(1776 - 1779.)
Page 34 - 38
Great Britain Turns Attention to Discoveries on the Northwest Coast of America - Voyages of Captain James Cook - British Assertion of Claim to Discovery by Sir Francis Drake of New Albion - Captain Cook Denies Existence of Strait of Fuca - Murder of Captain Cook, Succeeded in Command by Captain Clerke - Death of Captain Clerke - Lieutenant Gore, a Native of Virginia, in Command - Sails to China with Collection of Furs - Growing Importance of Fur and East India Trade.
(1785 - 1796.)
Page 39 - 48
The Nootka Treaty Between Spain and Great Britain, and the Events Culminating Therein - Nootka Sound the Resort for Vessels Engaging in the Fur Trade - The King George's Sound Company - Voyages of Portlock and Dixon - The Latter Discovers the Channel Separating Queen Charlotte's Island from the Continent - Meares and Tipping on Northwest Coast Under License of East India Company - Voyages of Meares Under Portuguese Flag - Makes Settlement at Nootka, and Builds Schooner Northwest America - Arrival at Nootka of American Vessels Washington and Columbia - Martinez Seizes Iphigenia and Northwest America - Arrival of Princess Royal and Argonaut - Martinez Seizes Them - Difficulties Between Spain and Great Britain - The Nootka Treaty, or Convention of the Escurial - Arrival at Nootka Sound of Captain Vancouver, British Commissioner, to Receive Restitution of Property of British Subjects - Unsuccessful Negotiations Between Señor Quadra and Vancouver - Final Restitution to British Subjects of Seized Property - Spain and Great Britain Abandon Nootka Sound.
(1787 - 1792. )
Page 49 - 56
Strait of Juan de Fuca Discovered - Examinations of Strait by Meares, Gray, Kendrick and Spanish Navigators - Vancouver's Survey of Strait, Admiralty Inlet, Puget Sound and Gulf of Georgia - Discovery of Columbia River - Trade of North Pacific Coast Exclusively Enjoyed by American Vessels - Tragic Fate of Crew of Ship Boston - National Character Ascribed to Several Portions of North Pacific Coast - Termination of Coastwise Voyages of Discovery - Coast Between Forty-three and Fifty-five Degrees Latitude Claimed by Spain, Great Britain and United States.
(1766 - 1793.)
Page 57 - 66
First Rumors as to Existence of Rocky Mountains and Great River Beyond Flowing Westward to South Sea - Fabulous Stories of Hennepin, La Hontan and Others Stimulate Interior Exploration - The Verendryes, First White Men to Explore Rocky Mountains - Story of a Yazoo Indian, the First to Traverse Continent Between the Two Oceans, as Detailed to La Page - Origin of the Name Oregon - Journal of Captain Jonathan Carver - Indian Idea of Interior of North America - Indian Knowledge of Great Rivers Rising in Interior of North America - Their Stories About the Great River of the West - That the Word Oregon is of Spanish Origin, Inconsistent with Carver's Use of It, nor is It an Indian Name - Overland Exploration Inaugurated in Prosecution of Inland Fur Trade - North West Company - Two Expeditions of Alexander McKenzie - First Party of White Men Cross Rocky Mountains and Reach the Pacific Ocean.
(1792 - 1810.)
Page 67 - 75
Western Limits of the United States of America - Purchase of Louisiana - Abortive Projects for Northwestern Exploration - Expedition of Lewis and Clark to the Mouth of the Columbia River - The North West Company Establishes a Trading Post West of the Rocky Mountains - The Missouri Fur Company - Commercial Enterprises of Citizens of the United States in Northwest America - Captain Winship, in the Albatross, Attempts an Establishment at Oak Point, on the Columbia River.
(1810 - 1818.)
Page 76 - 88
John Jacob Astor Organizes the Pacific Fur Company - Intriguing Policy of the North West Company - Treacherous Conduct of Mr. Astor's Partners - Parties Sent by Sea and Overland to the Mouth of the Columbia River - Founding of Astoria - Loss of the Ship Tonquin - Launch of the Schooner Dolly, the First United States Vessel Built on the Pacific Coast - Pacific Fur Company Dissolved by British Partners - Transfer of Astor's Stock and Establishment to North West Company - The British Sloop-of-War Raccoon Captures Astoria - Name Changed to Fort George - End of Pacific Fur Company - American Employés Leave the Country - British Enter North West Company's Service - Restoration of Astoria Under Treaty of Ghent.
(1814 - 1824.)
Page 89 - 94
The North West Company Exclusive Occupants of the Territory West of the Rocky Mountains - Antecedent History and Policy of Said Company - Rivalry and Open Hostility Between the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies - Adjustment of the Differences by a Partnership in Fur Trade Prosecuted Under Charter of Hudson's Bay Company - License of Exclusive Trade Extending to the Pacific Ocean Granted by the British Government - The Hudson's Bay Company Succeed to All Rights Under Said License - The North West Company Merged Into the Hudson's Bay Company.
(1824 - 1846.)
Page 95 - 98
The Hudson's Bay Company the Exclusive Occupants of Oregon - Charter of the Company - License of Trade - Internal Organization - Employés and Their Distribution.
Page 99 - 102
The Hudson's Bay Company Secures a New License of Trade, May 31, 1838 - Its System of Trade.
(1838 - 1846.)
Page 103 - 110
Political Mission of Hudson's Bay Company in Oregon, to Strengthen British Claim - Their Establishments - Gradual Abandonment of Posts, and Contraction of Operations - The Puget Sound Agricultural Company - Its Objects and Plan of Operations.
(1823 - 1836)
Page 111 - 119
American Trade Enterprises in the Territory West of the Rocky Mountains - Expedition of William H. Ashley - Jackson, Sublette and Smith Form the Rocky Mountain Fur Company - American Trading Vessels in the Columbia River - Wagons Brought to the Rocky Mountains - South Pass - Pilcher's Expeditions - First Overland Expedition, Captain Wyeth, to Columbia River - First School West of the Rocky Mountains - Captain Bonneville's Expedition - Captain Wyeth's Second Enterprise - He Establishes Fort Hall and Williams.
(1807 - 1827.)
Page 120 - 133
Conflicting Claims to Northwestern Coast of America - Abortive Efforts to Settle the Boundary of Respective Possessions - Capture and Surrender of Astoria - Convention of 1818 - United States Acquires the Spanish Claim by Florida Treaty - Russia Limited to Making Settlements Northward of Fifty-four Degrees, Forty Minutes by Conventions with Great Britain and United States - That Parallel Becomes the Northern Boundary of the Oregon Territory - Great Britain and the United States the Only Claimants of Oregon - Treaty of 1827.
(1820 - 1829.)
Page 134 - 139
Proceedings in Congress Relative to Sole Occupancy of Oregon and Extension Over It of Federal Jurisdiction - Efforts to Establish a Territorial Government.
(1831 - 1844.)
Page 140 - 148
Negotiations Resumed Between Great Britain and the United States - Résumé of Status of Claimants - Presidential Election, 1844.
(1835 - 1846)
Page 149 - 169
Congressional and Executive Actions - The Oregon Question an Element of American Politics - Presidential Election, 1844 - The Treaty of Limits, June 15, 1846.
Page 170 - 173
Settlement of Oregon - Internal Condition of the Territory - Its Elements of Colonization - Native Population, Number, Distribution, Characteristics, Disposition, or Relation to the Several White Races Present.
(1821 - 1846.)
Page 174 - 181
Hudson's Bay Company Officers, Employés and Retired Servants - Biographic Sketches of Dr. John McLoughlin, Peter Skeen Ogden, James Douglas and William Fraser Tolmie, Chief Factors of Hudson's Bay Company - Notices of Alex C. Anderson, George B. Roberts and Archibald McKinley - Early Settlers of French Prairie - First Settlement at Oregon City.
Page 182 - 185
American Settlements - Personnel of Independent Residents of Oregon - First Expedition of Captain N.J. Wyeth - First School West of Rocky Mountains - Second Expedition of Captain Wyeth - Ewing Young and Hall J. Kelley - Immigrants of 1835.
(1834 - 1844.)
Page 186 - 192
The Oregon Methodist Mission - Visit of Flathead Indians to St. Louis, Asking Missionaries - Formation of Oregon Methodist-Episcopal Mission - Rev. Jason Lee and Associates Journey to Oregon, 1834 - Establishment of Mission in Willamette Valley - Schools Established at Willamette and Fort Vancouver - Missionary Efforts to Christianize Indians - Arrival of Dr. Elijah White, Rev. David Leslie and Others - Status of the Mission - It Abandons the Indian Work - The Oregon Institute Founded - Prominent in Every Popular Enterprise - Rev. Jason Lee Succeeded by Rev. George Gary - Character of the Mission Changed - Effects of Presence of Methodist Mission in Oregon.
(1835 - 1848.)
Page 193 - 207
Establishment of the Oregon Mission Under the Auspices of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions.
(1838 - 1848.)
Page 208 - 213
The Roman Catholic Mission.
(1836 - 1840.)
Page 214 - 222
Young and Carmichael Abandon Erection of Distillery - Formation of the California Cattle Company - Visit to Willamette by Purser Slacum, U.S. Navy, Special Agent - First Petition to Congress of J.L. Whitcom and Others - Farnham, Holman and Others Leave Peoria, Illinois, for Oregon - Sir Edward Belcher's Surveying Expedition in Columbia River - Arrival of Rev. J.S. Griffin - Missionary Party of Clark, Smith and Littlejohn - Dr. Robert Newell Brings Wagons to Fort Walla Walla - Population of Territory at Close of 1840.
Page 223 - 230
Abortive Effort to Form a Provisional Government - The United States Exploring Expedition - Captain Wilkes, United States Navy - First Fourth of July on Puget Sound - The Red River Colony to Puget Sound.
Page 231 - 235
Appointment of Dr. White as Sub Indian Agent - Frémont's First Expedition to the South Pass - Immigration of 1842 - Efforts Renewed to Form a Provisional Government - White's Importance as a Public Functionary - Citizens of Tualitan Plains Combine to Protect Themselves Against Evil-doers - White's Administration of Indian Affairs in the Interior - His Reports to the War Department.
Page 236 - 241
Agitation of the Question of Formation of Government - The "Wolf Meeting" - Committee of Twelve to Report a Plan for Protection of the Settlement - The Formation of a Government and Election of Officers - First Legislative Committee - Its Reports of an Organic Law - Division of the Territory into Districts - The People Approve the Organic Law - Boundaries of Territory.
Page 242 - 261
Sad Accident Near Willamette Falls - Departure of Immigrants of '42 for California - The "Petition of 1843," Its Authorship and Contents - Dr. John McLoughlin's Answer to Its Charges - Cattle Policy of the Hudson's Bay Company - Dr. John McLoughlin's Statement as to Formation of California Cattle Company - Rev. Daniel Lee's Statement as to Said Company - Oregon City Claim - Rev. George Gary, Superintendent of Oregon Methodist Mission, Sells Its Property to Dr. McLoughlin - Section Eleven of Donation Law of September 27, 1850 - The Immigration of 1843 - The Cattle Contract - Frémont's Second Expedition.
Page 262 - 276
Oregon Under the Provisional Government - Indian depredations at Willamette Falls - Death of George W. Le Breton - Arming of Citizens for Defense - Amendment to Organic Law, 1844 - Prohibitory Liquor Law - First American Settlement North of the Columbia River - Oregon City Incorporated, the First Municipality West of the Rocky Mountains - Incorporation of Oregon Institute - George Aberneth Elected Governor, 1845 - Petition of Provisional Government to Congress - Visit and Report of Lieutenant Neil M. Howison, U.S. Navy - Wreck of the U.S. Schooner Shark - Lieutenant Howison Presents Her Colors to the Provisional Government - Reception of the News of the Treaty of June 15, 1846.
(1847 - 1848.)
Page 277 - 288
Governer Abernethy's Message - Resolutions to Raise a Company of Mounted Riflemen for Immediate Service at Dalles - Citizen's Meeting - First Company Enrolled - Legislature Authorizes Raising a Regiment - Gilliam Elected Colonel; Other Officers - Efforts to Procure a Loan - Joel Palmer Appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs - Peace Commission Appointed - Arrival of the Rescued Captives - Whitman Massacre - Skirmish with Hostiles Near Dalles - Advance of Colonel Gilliam with Troops - Fight at the Steve Meek Cut-off - Gilliam Marches for Waiilatpu - His Campaign on the Touchet - Victory Over the Palouses - Death of Colonel Gilliam - Maxon in Command - Appeal for Provisions and Reinforcements - Lee Appointed Colonel by the Governor, and Also Superintendent of Indian Affairs - Lee Generously Gives Place to Lieutenant-Colonel Waters, Who is Promoted to Colonelcy - Lee Accepts Commission as Lieutenant-Colonel - March Into Nez Perce Country - Close of Campaign - Battle of the Abiqua.
(1846 - 1848.)
Page 289 - 299
Oregon's Struggle in Congress to Become a Territorial Government.
(1848 - 1849.)
Page 300 - 304
The Last Days of the Provisional Government - The Discovery of Gold in California - Exodus to the New Gold Fields - Coinage of Beaver Money - Last Session of the Legislature of the Provisional Government - Progress of American Settlements on Puget Sound - Return of Delegates Thornton and Meek - Appointees to the Territorial Offices - The Provisional Government Superseded by Governor Lane's Proclamation Announcing Organization of Territory.
(1849 - 1851.)
Page 305 - 313
Census - Superintendent Lane Visits Columbia River Tribes - Attack by Snoqualmies on Fort Nisqually - Murder of Leander C. Wallace - Hostile Attitude of Snoqualmies - White Settlers Build Blockhouses - Governor Lane Arrives at Tumwater - Judicial Districts Declared, and Judges Assigned - Sub Indian Agents Thornton and Newell - Election of Samuel R. Thurston, Delegate to Congress - Meeting of Legislature - Names of Counties Changed - Towns in Oregon - Sub-Agent Thornton Visits Puget Sound - Reward for Wallace's Murderers - Action Disapproved by Governor Lane - Thornton Resigns - Trial and Execution of the Murderers - Arrival of Mounted Rifle Regiment - Deserters to California Gold Fields - Surrender, Trial and Execution of Murderers of the Whitmans - Major John P. Gaines Appointed Governor - Governor Lane Resigns, to Take Effect June 18th, and Leaves for California Mines - Arrival of the United States Steamer Massachusetts - General Adair, Collector of Customs, Astoria - Seizure of the British Ship Albion at New Dungeness - Survey of Columbia River - Lieutenant McArthur - The Ship Albion Condemned as a Forfeiture - Seizure and Release of the Schooner Cadboro - Progress of Settlements on Puget Sound - Oysters Discovered at Shoalwater Bay - United States Census, 1850.
(1850 - 1853.)
Page 314 - 332
President Taylor's Appointments of Territorial Officers - Their Arrival in the Territory - Mail Service and Steamers Between San Francisco and Portland - Passage of Donation Law - Titles to Private Land Claims - Publication of Western Star, Oregonian and Oregon Statesman - Session of Legislature, 1850-51 - Building of Steamer Lot Whitcomb - New Counties Organized - Remodeling Judicial Districts- Location of Public Buildings - Death of Samuel R. Thurston - Arrival of Chief Justice Nelson - The Oregon Party - Election of General Lane as Delegate to Congress - Seat of Government Controversy - Quorum Supreme Court Meets at Oregon City, and Decides It to be the Seat of Government - Judge Pratt Holds Supreme Court at Salem - In a Letter Dissents from Justices Nelson and Strong - Quorum of Legislative Assembly Meets at Salem - Session of 1851-52 - Minority at Oregon City - Thurston County Organized - President Filmore's Official Message on Capital Controversy - Congress Intervenes, Declares Salem the Seat of Government, and Ratifies Laws Passed Thereat, Session 1851-52 - Extra Session of Legislature - Renewed Personal Rancor Growing Out of Decision as to Iowa Laws in Force by Legislation of Provisional Government - Judge Deady's Historic Notice of "Steamboat Code" and the "Blue Books" - Progress of Settlements North of Columbia River - Legislation of 1852-53 - Creation of New Counties - Judicial Districts Reconstructed - Division of the Territory.
(1850 - 1853.)
Page 333 - 349
Exclusive Reference to Historic Acts North of the Columbia River Explained - Legislative Representation - United States Census, 1850 - Status of Settlement North of the Columbia at That Date - Historic View of Progress of Settlements Upon the Banks of the Columbia - Incubus to Settlement of Vancouver - Conflicting Claims to Site - Settlements North of River, and North of Olympia - Edmund A. Starling, Indian Agent, Puget Sound District - The Collection District of Puget Sound Established - Arrival of Revenue Officers - Disastrous Expedition of Gold Hunters to Queen Charlotte's Island in Sloop Georgianna - Wreck of Sloop - Passengers Taken Captive by Hydah Indians - Ransom of Captives - Seizure of Steamer Beaver and Brig Mary Dare at Olympia - First Term of District Court at Olympia - First Commemoration of Independence Day at Olympia - Division of Territory - Monticello Convention - Congress Establishes the Territory of Washington.
(1853 - 1859.)
Page 350 - 367
Appointments of Territorial Officers by President Pierce - Reconstruction of Judicial Districts - The Election of General Lane to Congress - Arrival of Governor John W. Davis - Session of Legislature, 1853-54 - First Attempt to Call a Constitutional Convention - George L. Curry Succeeds Governor Davis - Session of Legislature, 1854 - Multnomah County Established - Legislative and Congressional Proceedings as to the Admission of Oregon as a State - Ex-Governor Gaines Nominated by Whigs for Delgateship - Election of June, 1855 - General Lane Re-elected - The Constitutional convention Defeated - Re-agitation of Location of Capital - Session of Legislature, 1855-56 - Counties of Curry and Josephine Organized - Organization of the Republican Party in Oregon - General Lane Renominated by Democrats - The Opposition Supports George W. Lawson, Independent Free-Soil Democrat - Election of June, 1857 - General Lane Re-elected - Large Majority for Constitutional Convention - Session of Legislature, 1857 - Election of 1858 - L.F. Grover Elected to Congress - State Organization - General Lane and Delazon Smith Elected United States Senators - Session of Legislature, 1858 - Oregon Admitted as a State, February 14, 1859.
(1827 - 1847.)
Page 368 - 374
Southern Oregon - Natural Divisions - Topographical Features - Early Immigration - First Settlement - Introduction of Cattle - Emigrant Wagon Road - Heroic Corporation - Pioneer Road Builders - Frémont's Old Camp - Exploring Southeastern Oregon - First Immigrant Train Through Southern Oregon.
(1848 - 1850.)
Page 375 - 380
Early Argonauts - First American Settlements South of
the Calapooias - A Friend of the Whites - United States Regulars in Southern
Oregon - Half a Regiment Deserts - Fighting Their Way to the Gold Fields
- Relief for the Deserters - A Soldier for Dinner - Dogs for Supper
- First Cattle in Oregon - Forcing a Treaty of Peace - First Civilized
Vessel to Enter the Umpqua River - Trying to Boom the Country - Founding
of Umpqua City, Gardiner, Scottsburg and Winchester - Organization of Umpqua
(1850 - 1851)
Page 381 - 388
Gold in Southern Oregon - Ambushed by Savages - General Phil Kearney - The Settlers' Appeal - Gallantly Answered - The Military Worsted - Heroic Conduct - Death of Captain Stewart - Reinforcements by Volunteers - General Jo Lane at the Front - The Indians Beaten - A Bad Appointment.
Page 389 - 396
Settlement and Organization of Umpqua County - First County Election - First Postoffices and Postmasters - Pioneer Merchants - United States Collector of Customs - Shipping - Discovery and Settlement of Port Orford - Desperate Fight with Savages - Indians Become Acquainted with Cannon - Disastrous Ending of First Settlement - Second Attempt to Settle Port Orford - Disastrous Explorations - Humane Indian Boy - Inhuman Massacre - Savage Butchery and Cremation - The First Indian Mission - A Disgraceful Failure - Military Expedition - Settlement of Rogue River Valley - Discovery of Gold - Saw-mills and Grist-mills.
Page 397 - 407
Douglas and Jackson Counties Created - First Election - First Court in the Southern District - Early Merchants - Pioneer Lawyers and Doctors - Pony Expresses and Territorial Roads - U.S. Mail Route - Gold Discovered at Rogue River - Gaines' Futile Treaty - Marauding Indians - Volunteers Called Out - War with the Savages - Settlers Favor a Treaty - Captain Lamerick Banqueted - Heroism of the Pioneers - The Government's Neglect of Settlers and Volunteers - Protecting and Relieving Immigrants - Indian Ambuscades and Savage Murders - White Women and Children Butchered - The Settlers to the Rescue - Captain Ben Wright Wreaks Revenge - Disaster at Port Orford - Prosperity on the Umpqua - A Hard Winter.
Page 408 - 426
Judge Deady's First Term - The Trial of Joseph Knott - Murderous Savages - Settlers and Miners Assassinated and Robbed - Securing Arms - Direful Fate of White Victims - Volunteers Called For to Protect the Settlements - Heroic Response - The First Skirmish - Jackson County Appeals to the Governor of the Territory - General Lane Besought to Help His Fellow Citizens - His Prompt Response - Nesmith and Grover Volunteer - Indians Captured - Perfidy of Surrendered Savages - Combination of Indian Tribes to Exterminate the Whites - Fortified at Table Rock - Pursuing the Savage Warriors - Fatal Conflicts - General Lane in the Field Ahead of His Commission - Energetic and Successful Prosecution of the War - A Pitched Battle - Colonel Alden and General Lane Wounded - Surrender of the Indians - Flags of Honor - General Smith's Heroic March - Treating for Peace - General Lane and Ten Unarmed Negotiators Threatened with Base Murder - Conclusion and Terms of the Treaty - Retaliatory Depredations - Protecting the Immigrant Trains - Fighting on the Overland Trail - Conduct of the Treaty Indians - Ill Treatment of the Volunteers by the National government - Pony Expresses - Mines and Mining - Other Industries - First Courts in Jackson and Douglas Counties - Murderers Hanged - More Indians Punished - Many Settlers Assassinated by the Savages - Discovery of Gold - The Coos Bay Company and Settlement.
Page 427 - 430
Mild Weather and Prosperous Times - A New Territory Projected. - Conventions Held - The Oregon Legislature - How Roseburg Became the County Seat - Milling Industries - Gold on the Seashore - The First Coal from Coos Bay - Disastrous Navigation - First Newspaper in Southern Oregon - First Term of Court at Empire City - Protection of Immigrants - Captain Walker's Volunteer Company - Serious Engagement with the Indians - Repulsed by the Savages - Patriotism of the Volunteers.
Page 431 - 444
Promised Prosperity Brings Indian Wars to Southern Oregon - New Land District - Hon. L.F. Mosher Appointed Register; George W. Lawson, Receiver - Indian Depredations - The Savages Pursued; They Retreat to the Reservation - Other Savage Murders - Volunteers Organize and Take the Field - Successful Operations - Conduct of the Whites - A Dark and Memorable Day - The Savages Inaugurate a General War to Exterminate the Pioneers of the Pacific Northwest - Numerous Murders - Volunteers to the Rescue - United States Troops Take the Field - Organization of Settlers for Defense and Protection - Inhuman and Savage Butchery of Men, Women and Children, Murdered by the Indians - General Curry Calls for Volunteers - Desperate Conflicts - The Savages Victorious - Reorganization for the War - Plan of Campaign - The Closing Events of the Year.
Page 445 - 458
The Indian War in Southern Oregon Continued - New Year's Day Finds the Savages Committing Depredations - Conduct of the Military and Volunteers - Major Bruce in the Field - Another Fight with the Savages - Pursuing the Indians - The Volunteers Ambushed - Reorganization of the Militia - John Kelsay, Colonel, and W.W. Chapman, Lieutenant-Colonel, of the New Regiment - A Flag of Truce Protects the Murderous Savages - Renewal of the Campaign Against the Indians - Captain Poland's Company of volunteers Surprised and Butchered - Depredations by the Indians, and Efforts at Self-Protection by the Settlers - Treachery of Enos - The Big Bend of Rogue River - A Great Battle at That Point - Valor of the Volunteers Saves the Regulars from Annihilation - Surrender of the Indians - Close of the War.
Political and Local History of Washington as a Separate Territorial Government Until Admission of Oregon as a State, Excluding Detailed Narrative of Indian Wars - Area of the Territory - General Features of Organic Act - President Pierce's Appointments of Federal Officials - Census Taken by Marshal Anderson - Northern Pacific Railroad Exploration - Governor Stevens' Arrival - His First Proclamation - Organization of the Territorial Government - Judicial Districts Defined by Governor - Apportionment of Territory for Legislative Representation - First election - Columbia Lancaster Elected Delegate to Congress - Session of First Legislative Assembly - New Counties Organized - Secretary Mason Becomes Acting Governor - Indian Disturbances on Puget Sound - Collectors of Customs of Fort Victoria and Puget Sound Both Claim Revenue Jurisdiction over San Juan Island - Congressional Legislation for Territory - Session of Legislature, 1854-55 - Treaties with Indian Tribes - Indian Council at Walla Walla - Discovery of Gold at Fort Colvile - Murder of Miners and Indian Agent Bolon - Governor Stevens at Council with Blackfoot Nation - Session of Legislature, 1855-56 - The People in Blockhouses - General Stagnation of Business - The Campaigns Against Indians Ended - Session of Legislature, 1856-57 - Organization of Republican Party in Territory - Election of 1857 - Governor Isaac I. Stevens Elected Delegate to Congress - Fayette McMullin Appointed Governor - The Fraser River Excitement - Session of Legislature, 1858-59 - Oregon Admitted Into the Union - Enlargement of Territorial Area by Annexation of Residue of Oregon.
Page 525 - 539
The Oregon-Washington Indian Wars - Causes, Immediate and Remote - Race Conflict for Supremacy - Agency of the Treaties - Condition of the Territories as to Defense - Neglect of the Government to Station Sufficient Troops - The "Ward Massacre," 1854 - Indian Outrages Precipitate the War - Murder of Bolon, Indian Agent - Haller's Expedition to the Yakima Country - Official Knowledge of the Hostile Intentions of the Indians - Requisition of Major Rains on the Governors of Oregon and Washington for Volunteers - Response Thereto - Governor curry's Proclamation Calling for Eight Companies - Officers and Men, First Regiment Oregon Mounted Volunteers - Refusal of Major Rains, U.S. Army, to Furnish to Them Arms, Ammunition and Equipments - James W. Nesmith Elected Colonel - Governor Mason Appoints Major Rains Brigadier General of Washington Territory.
(1855 - 1856.)
Page 540 - 549
Condition of Washington Territory at the Time of the Outbreak - Company A, Washington Territory Volunteers, Reports to Captain Maloney, U.S. Army, Fort Steilacoom - Captain Maloney's Expedition Towards the Yakima Country - Killing of Moses and Miles - Company B, Captain William Strong, Reports to Major Rains - Uprising of Indians on the Sound - Captain Eaton's Command Besieged - Massacre of Families on White River - War Policy Established - Hostile Ground Defined - Battle with Hostiles on White River, November 3d - Killing of John Edgar - Disposition of Forces by Captain Maloney, U.S. Army - Night Attack by Hostiles - Killing of Lieutenant William A. Slaughter, U.S. Army, and Two Corporals by Kanaskut - The Steamer Active Cruises near Steilacoom - Return of Governor Stevens from Blackfoot Council - Hostility of General Wool to the People and Authorities of Oregon and Washington.
Page 550 - 571
Operations on the Columbia River, and in the Yakima and Walla Walla Country - Force of Troops and Volunteers at Forts Vancouver and Steilacoom - Estimate of Number of Hostiles - Major Rains and Colonel Nesmith Moves into the Yakima Country - Battle of the "Two Buttes - Colonel Nesmith's Requisition on General Wool for Arms, etc., to Reinforce Major Chinn - Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly's March to Walla Walla - Battle With the Walla Wallas - Death of Peu-peu-mox-mox - Colonel Nesmith Resigns - Thomas R. Cornelius Elected his Successor - The Oregon Volunteers go into Winter Quarters at Walla Walla - Campaign in the Yakima Country - Disbanding of the Regiment of Oregon Mounted Volunteers.
Page 572 - 589
Oregon and Washington Indian War - Governor Stevens' Operations - His Return from the Blackfoot Council - He Addresses the Legislative Assembly - Call for volunteers - Indian Attack Upon the Town of Seattle - Arrival of the Ninth Infantry - Governor Mason Goes to Washington City - Governor James Douglas - Patkanim Has a Battle with Leschi's Band - Murder of Northcraft and White - Battle of Connell's Prairie - Indians Becoming Demoralized - Major Hays Resigns His Command - Raid of Maxon's and Achilles' Companies Up the Nisqually - Arrest of Wren, McLeod and Others - Habeas Corpus Proceedings - Martial Law in Pierce and Thurston Counties - Trials by Military Commission - Discharge of Wren, McLeod and Others - Trial of Lieutenant-Colonel Shaw and Governor Stevens for Contempt of Court - Campaign of Lieutenant-Colonel Shaw East of the Cascade Mountains.
Page 590 - 595
Campaign of the Regulars West of the Cascade Mountains - Conditions of Puget Sound, December, 1855 - Pacific Department Reinforced by the Ninth Infantry Regiment - Two Companies Ordered to Fort Steilacoom - Lieutenant-Colonel Casey in Command of Puget Sound District - Six Companies Ordered to Columbia River - Colonel George Wright in Command of Columbia District - Lieutenant-Colonel Casey Establishes a Blockhouse at Muckleshoot Prairie - Killing of Kanaskat, the Hostile Chief - Fight with Indians at the Crossing of White River - Requisition of Lieutenant-Colonel Casey on the Governor of Washington Territory for Two Companies of Volunteer Infantry - Governor Stevens Declines - Expeditions to Stuck Prairie, Boise Creek and D'Wamish Lake - Expedition Under Captains Dent, Pickett and Fletcher to the Green and Cedar River Country - Major Garnett's Command of Two Companies Ordered to Join Colonel Wright East of the Cascades.
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Campaign of Regulars East of Cascade Mountains - General Wool's Instructions to Colonel Wright - Attack on the Cascades - Massacre of Whites - Siege of the Bradford Store at Upper Cascades - Gallant Defense of Middle Blockhouse by Sergeant Kelly and Eight Men - Attack on Lower Cascades - Lieutenant Phil Sheridan to the Rescue - Trial and Execution of Indians Engaged in Cascade Massacre - Inhuman Massacre by Whites of the Spencer Family - Kamiakin's Design in Stimulating the Uprising of Cascade Indians, and the Raid Upon the Cascade Settlements - Peaceable Excursion of Colonel Wright Into the Yakima Country - The Indians Avoid Him - Efforts of the Washington Territory Volunteers to Co-operate with Colonel Wright - Peace in the Yakima Country Announced - Governor Stevens' attempt to Hold a Council with the Hostile Tribes - Terms of the Treaty - Volunteers Attacked by the Hostiles - Steptoe Asks Governor Stevens and Volunteers to Return and Escort Him to the Umatilla - Colonel Wright Ordered by General Wool to March Into the Walla Walla Country - He Delivers Leschi, Quiemuth, Kitsap, Nelson and Stehi to Governor Stevens for Trial - Treaty of Peace with the Hostiles - General Wool Announces the War at an end in Oregon and Washington.
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Campaign of General Clarke and Colonel Wright, in the Country East of the Columbia River and North of Walla Walla - The Peace of 1856 Abortive - Kamiakin Still Inaugurating Hostile Movements - Combination of Hostile Eastern Tribes, and Motives of Hostility - Indian Depredations in Walla Walla Region - Expedition of Lieutenant-Colonel Steptoe, and His Disastrous Defeat - Colonel Wright's Views of the Campaign Necessary - Treaty with the Nez Perces - Colonel Wright Sets Out on Northern expedition- Battle of Four Lakes - Battle of Spokane Plains - The Spokanes submit - The Coeur d'Alenes Submit - Death of Owhi and Qualchen - Submission of the Palouses - The War Ended.
(1856 - 1873.)
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Southern Oregon - Counties of Josephine and Curry - Straggling Savages Murder and Rob Umpqua Lighthouse - Trial and Execution of enos - Chief John Sent to San Francisco - Desperate and Almost Successful Attempt of Himself and Son to Capture the Steamship - Military Wagon Road - Discovery of Gold in the Umpqua Valley - Exploration of the Klamath Lake Country - First Mail Between Sacramento and Portland - More Indian Depredations - Bailey's Brave Stand Against a Hundred Savages - S.D. Evans Shot Dead with an Arrow - The Great Deluge in Southern Oregon - Effects of the Southern Rebellion - Oregon Volunteers Again in the Field - Indian Council at Klamath Lake - Causes and Details of the Modoc Indian War - The Assassination of General Canby - Punishment of the Traitorous Savages.