Seattle, WA: Lowman & Hanford, 1905. First Edition. Blue cloth over boards with titling and trim in gilt on the spine. INSCRIBED "To Kenneth F. Holly by courtesy of Charles Templeton / Inscribed by the author / Ezra Meeker, Seattle Wash. June 19th 1919" on Dedication page. 9" x 6", pp. xx. 2-554 with frontispiece and 25 illustrations, including the Catholic Ladder which has been mis-folded and the The Truth Teller following p. 422 which has been severed across the fold. Well bound and still tight, there is some light foxing on the end papers, insignificant wear at the corners and light wear at the bottom of spine. Laid in are two newspaper articles, one recounting the cross country trip of Meeker, the other noting the exoneration of Chief Leschi by the Washington Supreme Court. Near fine copy of a book written by and about the Settlers of the Pacific Northwest.
Ezra Manning Meeker (1830 - 1928) was an early pioneer who traveled from Iowa to the Oregon Territory over the Oregon Trail. He was the first settler to build a log cabin home in Puyallup, WA and was elected the first mayor of the city. As a farmer and businessman, he earned the moniker, "Hop King of the World". Throughout his life he had a deep passion for preserving the history of the Settlers and most especially the History of the Oregon Trail. His boundless energy lasted into his later years when he drove an ox-drawn covered wagon back east over the Trail and on to Oyster Bay, NY where he met with President Theodore. The President enthusiastically supported his plan to promote the historic institutionalization of the Trail. The trip was a press sensation, gaining front page coverage in most newspapers of the day. Eventually Meeker traveled the Trail by automobile and flew over most of it in a plane. Very good + / not issued. Item #1412
"It is absolutely certain a strong hand was laid upon the Indians in this matter of making war on defenceless women and children. Indian testimony is abundantly in evidence that it was Leschi's master hand that stayed the havoc." (p 307).