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RG0739.AM:  Samuel Finley Blythe, 1842-1928



Diaries (typescript):  1866-1867

Overland traveler

Size:  One folder



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The collection consists of an annotated typescript of two diaries kept by Samuel Finley Blythe during his overland trail journey to California (1866-1867) and a memoir written by Blythe in the 1920s. Titled, “Saga of the Prairies,” Blythe writes of his journeys from Eaton, Ohio, to the Montana Territory (around Virginia City), and eventually traveling to California. He writes of his travels by wagon train, railroad, stage coach, horse and boat. Some of his writings discuss his service during the Civil War and he mentions several friends, including Henry Kline, Robert Denny, Pliny Crume and William E. Lockwood. He also writes at length about being a printer.



Blythe’s grandson, George Finley Marlor edited the diaries and recollections.  The original diaries are held by the Oregon Historical Society.



INVENTORY



Diary typescripts, 1866-1867



 



Subject headings:



Blythe, Samuel Finley, 1842-1928

Frontier & pioneer life

Gallatine River Valley (Montana Territory)

Gold mining

Helena (Montana Territory)

Indians of North America

Lockwood, William E.

Montana — Description and travel

Nebraska — Description and travel

Newspapers

Printers

Printing

Stagecoaches

Travel

Virginia City (Montana Territory)

Wagon trains



 



Revised TMM         01-16-2016