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Can You Guess the Year? 1-25-10

Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.
Dorothy MillerFort Yukon was first established as Fort Youcon.

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This year Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Mass., home with hand-made Valentine cards.

Yerba Buena in California was renamed San Francisco.

The families of George Donner, his brother Jacob, and James Reed of Springfield, Ill., and hired hands began a trip to California. There were 33 people in all and nine covered wagons. They set out for California in mid-April the previous year. They arrived at Independence, Mo., on May 10, and left two days later

The Donner’s and Reeds joined a large wagon train captained by William H. Russell. For the next two months the travelers followed the California Trail until they reached the Little Sandy River, in what is now Wyoming, where they camped with other parties. Some of the emigrants formed a new wagon train. They elected George Donner as their captain.

They set out on a new route, crossing the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake Desert. The “shortcut” took them three weeks longer than the customary route. When they reached the Sierra Nevada at the end of October, a snowstorm blocked their way over the pass. They were low on supplies.

The emigrants slaughtered their remaining oxen, but there was not enough meat to feed so many for long. In mid-December, 15 of the emigrants made snowshoes and set out for Sutter’s Fort, about 100 miles away. The group consisted of 10 men and five women. They soon became lost and ran out of food. On Feb. 5, of this year a rescue effort, called the First Relief, left Johnson’s Ranch to save the Donner Party. Caught without shelter in a blizzard, four of the party died. The survivors resorted to cannibalism, then continued on their journey; three more died and were also cannibalized. Close to death, the seven surviving snowshoer’s – two men, and all five of the women – finally reached safety on the western side of the mountains on January 18, of this year.

The United States issued its first postage stamps.

After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young led 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.

Charlotte Bronte published Jane Eyre under the pen name of Currer Bell.

Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte published “Wuthering Heights.”

The Somerville and Easton Railroad of New Jersey, was chartered.

The Richmond and Danville Railroad was chartered in Virginia.

A popular song this year was “O Holy Night.”

Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the U.S. government.

Pella, Iowa was founded when 800 Dutch immigrants settled in the area. Rev. Scholte named the town Pella after Pella in modern-day Jordan, which was a city of refuge for early Christians. It was the childhood home of Wyatt Earp. His brothers Warren and Morgan were born in Pella.

Holland Michigan was settled by Dutch Calvinist separatists, who were escaping from persecution in the Netherlands. The land was occupied by the Ottawa who welcomed the new Dutch settlers with open arms and assistance.

Fort Yukon was first established as Fort Youcon by Alexander Murray as a Canadian outpost in Russian Territory. It became an important trade center for the Gwichin Indians as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. The settlement suffered over the following decades as a result of several epidemics and a flood.

The Bastion is the oldest original freestanding Hudson’s Bay Company fort in North America. The Company built the Bastion to serve as a company office, arsenal and storage facility, and in the event of enemy revolt, a safe haven for miners and their families. It is the only known Hudson’s Bay Company fort that focused primarily on coal mining rather then fur trading.

The structure was built without the use of nails. The roof was originally covered with cedar bark and the structure was painted with lime made from clamshells.

A native chief told of “black burning stones.” Coal at that time was imported from England. Two years after this year the Snuneymuxw chief Chewichikan was watching a blacksmith at Fort Victoria repair his gun when he noticed the man toss coal on the fire. When the native asked the blacksmith where he obtained his coal, he was told it was shipped from England. The elderly chief was amused and commented it was foolish to bring black stones from so far away when there was plenty where he lived. Company authorities offered Chewichikan free repair of his gun and a bottle of rum if he brought samples of the “stones that burned.” The following spring, Chewichikan returned in a canoe full of quality coal. The chief received his reward as well as a new nickname: “Coal Tyee” or “The Coal Chief.”

Can you guess the year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1975. Congratulations to David Vrbas, Stasburg, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This year Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Mass., home with hand-made Valentine cards.

Yerba Buena in California was renamed San Francisco.

The families of George Donner, his brother Jacob, and James Reed of Springfield, Ill., and hired hands began a trip to California. There were 33 people in all and nine covered wagons. They set out for California in mid-April the previous year. They arrived at Independence, Mo., on May 10, and left two days later

The Donner’s and Reeds joined a large wagon train captained by William H. Russell. For the next two months the travelers followed the California Trail until they reached the Little Sandy River, in what is now Wyoming, where they camped with other parties. Some of the emigrants formed a new wagon train. They elected George Donner as their captain.

They set out on a new route, crossing the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake Desert. The “shortcut” took them three weeks longer than the customary route. When they reached the Sierra Nevada at the end of October, a snowstorm blocked their way over the pass. They were low on supplies.

The emigrants slaughtered their remaining oxen, but there was not enough meat to feed so many for long. In mid-December, 15 of the emigrants made snowshoes and set out for Sutter’s Fort, about 100 miles away. The group consisted of 10 men and five women. They soon became lost and ran out of food. On Feb. 5, of this year a rescue effort, called the First Relief, left Johnson’s Ranch to save the Donner Party. Caught without shelter in a blizzard, four of the party died. The survivors resorted to cannibalism, then continued on their journey; three more died and were also cannibalized. Close to death, the seven surviving snowshoer’s – two men, and all five of the women – finally reached safety on the western side of the mountains on January 18, of this year.

The United States issued its first postage stamps.

After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young led 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.

Charlotte Bronte published Jane Eyre under the pen name of Currer Bell.

Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte published “Wuthering Heights.”

The Somerville and Easton Railroad of New Jersey, was chartered.

The Richmond and Danville Railroad was chartered in Virginia.

A popular song this year was “O Holy Night.”

Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the U.S. government.

Pella, Iowa was founded when 800 Dutch immigrants settled in the area. Rev. Scholte named the town Pella after Pella in modern-day Jordan, which was a city of refuge for early Christians. It was the childhood home of Wyatt Earp. His brothers Warren and Morgan were born in Pella.

Holland Michigan was settled by Dutch Calvinist separatists, who were escaping from persecution in the Netherlands. The land was occupied by the Ottawa who welcomed the new Dutch settlers with open arms and assistance.

Fort Yukon was first established as Fort Youcon by Alexander Murray as a Canadian outpost in Russian Territory. It became an important trade center for the Gwichin Indians as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. The settlement suffered over the following decades as a result of several epidemics and a flood.

The Bastion is the oldest original freestanding Hudson’s Bay Company fort in North America. The Company built the Bastion to serve as a company office, arsenal and storage facility, and in the event of enemy revolt, a safe haven for miners and their families. It is the only known Hudson’s Bay Company fort that focused primarily on coal mining rather then fur trading.

The structure was built without the use of nails. The roof was originally covered with cedar bark and the structure was painted with lime made from clamshells.

A native chief told of “black burning stones.” Coal at that time was imported from England. Two years after this year the Snuneymuxw chief Chewichikan was watching a blacksmith at Fort Victoria repair his gun when he noticed the man toss coal on the fire. When the native asked the blacksmith where he obtained his coal, he was told it was shipped from England. The elderly chief was amused and commented it was foolish to bring black stones from so far away when there was plenty where he lived. Company authorities offered Chewichikan free repair of his gun and a bottle of rum if he brought samples of the “stones that burned.” The following spring, Chewichikan returned in a canoe full of quality coal. The chief received his reward as well as a new nickname: “Coal Tyee” or “The Coal Chief.”

Can you guess the year?

***

Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1975. Congratulations to David Vrbas, Stasburg, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.


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