Possibly the "W T PERRY" mentioned at TRASK, below.
On 22 August 1842, Elbridge TRASK and Osborne RUSSELL joined a wagon train led by Dr Elijah WHITE that was bound for the Willamette Valley in the Oregon country. See book by Osborne RUSSELL, Journal Of A Trapper, [Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1965]. Also see excerpts, and more information, at the website for Elbridge TRASK, by Juel M TRASK.
Osborne RUSSELL was apparently at Fort Hall in 1834: "On the fourth of August, the fort was completed. And on the fifth, the stars and stripes were unfurled to the breeze at sunrise, in the center of a savage and uncivilized country over an American trading post."
Possibly the "Solomon SMITH" mentioned in the TRASK information, below.
See the website, Elbridge TRASK, by Juel M TRASK for extensive biographical information.
See the article by Jo TUTHILL, "Elbridge Trask" in Mountain Men and Fur Traders of the Far West , ($12) ed Leroy R HAFEN, vol 4, pp369-381 [Glendale CA: Arthur H Clark Co, 1966]
On 22 August 1842, Elbridge TRASK and Osborne RUSSELL joined a wagon train led by Dr Elijah WHITE (see "missionaries") that was bound for the Willamette Valley in the Oregon country. On the wagon train to Oregon was Hannah ABLE, a young widow from Indiana with a baby daughter. She was travelling with the W T PERRY wagon. Not having been around any single, young, white women in years, Elbridge was taken by Hannah's charms. On arriving at Willamette Falls, Elbridge married Hannah on 20 October 1842.
Elbridge and Hannah took up residence on the Clatsop Plains near Astoria. They built a house near Solomon SMITH, an old trapping companion. They were considered by their neighbors to be of the best type of pioneer families. In 1852, Elbridge and Hannah decided to leave the Clatsop Plains and settle in the Tillamook country to the south. Elbridge and Hannah were the first family to settle in this wild but beautiful country. A historical novel was written about Elbridge and Hannah's experiences by Don BERRY. [see the out-of-print novel by Don BERRY, Trask, [NYC: Viking Press, 1960]. Elbridge and Hannah settled on the river that now bears his name, the Trask River.
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