Item #13542 Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]. Milo Quaife, Ed.
Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]
Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]
Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]
Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]
Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]
Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]

Echoes of the Past About California [Bidwell] and In Camp and Cabin [Steele]; [The Lakeside Classics No. 26] [Memoirs of General John Bidwell and Reverend John Steele]

Chicago: The Lakeside Press / R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 1928. Near Fine. First Edition. [6.75x4.75in]; xxii, 377 pp., frontispiece illustration of Mormon Bar with tissue guard, fold out reporduction of 1851 Jackson map of Mining District, introduction, index; Maroon cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, gilt device and borders on front, top edge gilt and other edges untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear to covers and edges with small marks on back cover, typical age toning of map and pages, prior owner ink signature on front end paper. Item #13542

This book includes two California Gold Rush memoirs by General John Bidwell (1819-1900) and Reverend John Steele (1832-1905). This Lakeside Classic series of one book issued each December on historic persons or events. The series was started in 1903 and the general format remained the same except for the updates of the covers, color and gilt designs. This is the Red cover period from 1928 to 1953. The following narrative about this book is from WorldCat.

John Bidwell (1819-1900) was living in Ohio when he decided to seek his fortune in California in 1841. He journeyed west as part of the first emigrant train going overland from Missouri to California, where he found work at Fort Sutter. He sided with governor Micheltorena in the 1844 revolt but aided the Bear Flag rebels in 1846. After serving with Frémont in the Mexican-American war, he returned to Fort Sutter. Among the first to find gold on Feather River, Bidwell used his earnings to secure a grant north of Sacramento in 1849, and he spent the rest of his life as a farmer at "Rancho Chico," becoming a leader of the State's agricultural interests. During the Civil War, he appointed a General in the California Militia. A Democrat and Unionist during the Civil War, Bidwell served in the U.S. House, 1864-66, and was the Prohibition Party's candidate for governor (1890) and President (1892). Throughout his life in California, he was a friend to Native American tribes. Bidwell's Echoes of the past about California was composed in 1889 and first published in 1890 in the Century Magazine. The version published here as "Echoes of the past," however, was based on a somewhat different version published in pamphlet form by the Chico, California Advertiser after Bidwell's death in 1900. The memoir focuses on Bidwell's overland journey to California, with some attention to his early years in the West: acquaintance with Johann Sutter, and early gold discoveries.

John Steele (1832-1915) traveled overland from Wisconsin to California in 1850 and remained for three years. Returning east, he taught school, served in the Union Army, and became an Episcopal minister after the Civil War. Steele's In Camp and Cabin, first published in 1901, recounts Steele's experiences mining in camps near Nevada City and the American River, with tales of trips to Feather River, Los Angeles, and an expedition to San Andres and camps on the Mokelumne, Calaveras, and Stanislaus Rivers. He provides numerous anecdotes of the people of the camps and their varied national and ethnic backgrounds with many tales of crime and lawlessness. He also discusses contrasting mining methods and gives special attention to Hispanic and Native American Californians whom he met.

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