I recently read a book my mother gave me a few years ago from her collection. The book was a Christmas gift from my grandmother, Mary, to her mother, Beda, in 1949. The book is titled, Saddles East, Over the Oregon Trail, and was authored Chaplain John Beard. John was Mary and Beda’s Chaplain at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church in Portland OR. He held that position for 25 years. Although not a member, my own 1992 wedding was held at that church.
After John’s retirement in 1947, he and his wife reverse traced the Oregon Trail on horseback. Not really knowing what a horse was, they bought two. It’s a simple quick read and I was thrilled to recognize most of the Oregon and Idaho towns their horseback journey took them through.
What struck me most was the kind Hospitality they received along the way as they traveled through Oregon and Idaho during their ride to Fort Hall and beyond. Even though these states population continue to grow at a fast rate, it underscores the niceness its residents possessed then and still do even now.
But I’m almost certain that if they could do the trip again it would be done in a Wagoneer!