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Merrill Aristocrat

2. APPLEGATE, Jesse & Jesse A[pplegate] Applegate. A Day with the Cow Column in 1843...[and] Recollections of My Boyhood.... Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Joseph Schafer.... Chicago: [Designed by William A. Kittredge, Lakeside Press for] The Caxton Club, 1934. xvii [1 blank], 207 [1] pp., pictorial title printed and red and black. 8vo, original grey pictorial cloth decorated and lettered in red, top edge tinted red. Superb condition.

    First edition thus, limited edition (300 copies). The first account (by Jesse Applegate), A Day with the Cow Column, first appeared in the Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society (Portland, December 1900). Adams, Herd 108: “Scarce.” Howes A294: “Account of the great Oregon migration of 1843. Applegate established the southern route to Oregon.” Merrill, Aristocrats of the Cow Country, p. 15. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 72n. Mintz, The Trail 11: “Jesse Sr. was famous as the originator of the Applegate Trail into Oregon.” One Hundred Head Cut Out of the Jeff Dykes Herd 67. Smith 263.

    This book gives a firsthand account of one of the great, early trail drives into the Oregon country. During the 1843 “Great Migration,” about a thousand pioneers congregated at Independence, Missouri, for the trek over the Oregon Trail. In addition to their hundreds of oxen for pulling wagons, they also had a large herd of cows and other loose stock. Because the stock impeded progress, the party divided into two parts. The wagons were organized into one train and moved ahead. The remaining pioneers herded the stock into Oregon in what they called “the cow column.” Jesse Applegate served as captain of this ambitious, early trail drive, bringing the stock all the way to the Willamette Valley. ($200-400)

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