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"Eminent Astorians marks the bicentennial of Astoria with nine engaging essays on figures who loom large in Astoria's history. The biographical stories range from Chinook leader Comcomly, who welcomed and protected John Jacob Astor's first adventurers in the fur trade, to the "Salmon Kings," who capitalized on the region's natural bounty a century and a half later. The essays, modeled on Lytton Strachey's literary portraits in Eminent Victorians, are interpretive and rich in context, and the authors are among the most respected writers and scholars in the Northwest today. Stephen Dow Beckham, distinguished historian at Lewis and Clark College, contributed a comprehensive introduction and served as the book's historical advisor." "Praise from James Ronda, author of Astoria and Empire" Small Places Often Have large and impressive histories. So it is with Astoria. Eminent Astorians traces the lives of an expansive and fascinating cast of charactersûeach revealing important stories about North America in general and the Pacific Northwest in particular. American history is filled with signature placesûPlymouth Rock, Gettysburg, Little Big Horn, and Ground Zero. These are the places that help us understand where we come from, where we are now, and where we might yet go. Astoria belongs in that list. In the pages of Eminent Astorians the past comes alive to both entertain and inform us.

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ISBN-13: 9780870716317
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.42(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Karen Kirtley, a freelance editor based in Portland, Oregon, teaches advanced editing in the Portland State University publishing program. She is most recently the editor of Pendleton Round-Up at 100: Oregon's Legendary Rodeo. She co-wrote, with Richard Newman, the biography Alma Rosé: Vienna to Auschwitz, now available in German and Hebrew as well as the original English.

Stephen Dow Beckham is the Pamplin Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College. He was born in Coos Bay, Oregon. He is the author of essays in three volumes of the Handbook of North American Indians and several books, including Oregon Indians: Voices from Two Centuries, Astoria Column, The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Lewis and Clark: From the Rockies to the Pacific. He has served as curator and author of numerous museum exhibits and television programs, including The History Channel, CBS, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Robert Michael Pyle was born in Denver, raised in Aurora, Colorado, and now lives along Gray's River, a tributary of the Lower Columbia River. Pyle has published hundreds of papers, essays, stories, and poems. He is the author of Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, and Walking the High Ridge: Life as Field Trip as well as Nabokov's Butterflies, The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, Handbook for Butterfly Watchers, and Butterflies of Cascadia. His books have won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Washington Governor's Writers Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the Harry B. Nehls Award in Nature Writing.

John Terry is a veteran Oregon journalist whose professional career has spanned more than forty years, at the old Salem Capital Journal, where he won honors for column and feature writin from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and later at The Oregonian, where he served as photo editor, regional editor, assistant news editor, and national/international copy editor. In 1997 he began a weekly column, "Oregon's Trails," dealing with state and regional history, which he continues in retirement.

Jean M. Ward earned her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon and is a professor of communication at Lewis & Clark College. Her most recent books, both co-edited with Elaine A. Maveety, are Yours for Liberty: Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway's Suffrage Newspaper, and Pacific Northwest Women, 1815 to 1925: Lives, Memories and Writings. Dr. Bethenia A. Owens-Adair is included in these two collections, and she is also the subject of one of Jean's essays for American Women Writers (Vol. 3, Ungar, 1981).

Table of Contents

Introduction Stephen Dow Beckham 7

Comcomly: Chinook Nation CEO John Terry 17

John Jacob Astor I: ?A Most Excellent Man?? Robert Michael Pyle 53

George Gibbs Stephen Dow Beckham 91

Ranald MacDonald and Astoria Frederik L. Schodt 115

Captain George Flavel and the Building of Astoria William F. Willingham 133

Bethenia Angelina Owens-Adair Jean M. Ward 147

Silas Bryant Smith Stephen Dow Beckham 195

Molding Astoria-The Role of Two Editors Sandra Haarsager 215

The Salmon Kings Liisa Penner 251

About the Authors 266

Index 269

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