A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home: A Book of Personal Memoirs

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CHAPTER XXVI

Grand Mound prairie never looked more beautiful to me than at this time, after coming out of the forest. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain on the coast, rearing its lofty head 14,444 feet heavenward, was an ever fresh and unfailing source of joy and inspiration. Where there were no intervening objects to obstruct our view, we beheld her magnificent grandeur, glowing in purity and pristine splendor, in all the beauty of her shining height, from base to summit. Words but feebly describe the glorious sight.

This was the most delightful season of the year to visit our old home and that of my parents. The prairie was covered with such an abundance of wild strawberries that a white pony rolling on it was transformed into a bay, changing its appearance so completely that its owner would not recognize it by the color.

My old Indian neighbors, Yowanis, Cahorn, Ananates, "Deacon Clark," and their families, always greeted me with a hearty "Klaw-how-ya" (ho do you do).

I was quite elated over my prospective visit to Olympia, only wishing we had a span of spirited horses that would put on a little style going into town. I would have gotten out and walked as we neared the Corliss hotel, had I not been afraid of getting lost among the many high stumps and black logs that covered the townsite. I ought not to have been ashamed of Tom and Jerry, after having profited by their willing service in our long journey across the continent, though they were not quite so stylish as horses.

At length, however, my ambition was gratified. Mr.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 6
  • A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home Chapter I 7
  • Chapter II 14
  • Chapter III 18
  • Chapter IV 22
  • Chapter V 27
  • Chapter VI 31
  • Chapter VII 35
  • Chapter VIII 39
  • Chapter IX 45
  • Chapter X 49
  • Chapter XI 55
  • Chapter XII 62
  • Chapter XIII 68
  • Chapter XIV 73
  • Chapter XV 81
  • Chapter XVI 85
  • Chapter XVII 89
  • Chapter XVIII 95
  • Chapter XIX 103
  • Chapter XX 111
  • Chapter XXI 116
  • Chapter XXII 124
  • Chapter XXIII 128
  • Chapter XXIV 134
  • Chapter XXV 141
  • Chapter XVII 148
  • Chapter XXVII 151
  • Chapter XXVIII 153
  • Chapter XXIX 159
  • Chapter XXX 167
  • Chapter XXXI 173
  • Chapter XXXII 178
  • Chapter XXXIII 182
  • Chapter XXXIV 189
  • Chapter XXXV 194
  • Chapter XXXVI 200
  • Chapter XXXVII 208
  • Chapter XXXVIII 215
  • Chapter XXXIV 222
  • Chapter XL 229
  • Chapter XLI 234
  • Chapter XLII 240
  • Chapter XLIII 243
  • Chapter Xviv 249
  • Chapter XLV 257
  • Chapter XLVI 263
  • Chapter XLVII 269
  • Chapter XLVIII 273
  • Chapter Xlix 277
  • Chapter L 285
  • Chapter LI 288
  • Chapter LII 296
  • Chapter LIII 303
  • Chapter Liv 306
  • Chapter LV 308
  • The Conquest of the West 310
  • Conclusion 314
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