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Collection Number RG1092.AM
Collection Name RG1092 Hockett, William Albert, 1838-1918
Identifier Reminiscence
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title William Albert Hockett reminiscences
Date or Date Span 1914
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1914
Scope & Content The collection consists of the reminiscences of W.A. Hockett regarding his family's journey on the Oregon Trail from Salem, Iowa to Oregon in 1847. The reminiscences, written in 1914, were based on Hockett's memory as well as letters written by Hockett's father. The reminiscences mention six families starting out together and some of the names mentioned include Henderson Lewelling, Spicer Tease, John W. Fisher, Enos Mendenhall, Nathan H. Hockett (W.A. Hockett's father), and Thomas Hockett (W.A. Hockett's uncle). He describes encounters with Indians, illness and death of members of the wagon train, and life in Oregon and California after arriving on the West Coast. Hockett returned to Iowa with his uncle in 1851 via the Isthmus of Panama. Also included in the collection is a poem by W.A. Hockett entitled, "I Ain't Dead Yet."
Creator Hockett, William Albert, 1838-1918
Finding Aids William Albert Hockett finding aid
Subjects Travel
People Fisher, John W., -1847
Hockett, Nathan H., 1812-1847
Hockett, Thomas, 1820-1857
Hockett, William Albert, 1838-1918
Lewelling, Henderson
Mendenhall, Enos
Robinson, J.M., -1847
Tease, Spicer, -1847
Search Terms Hockett Family
Oregon Trail
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Salem (Iowa)