Early settlers overcome daunting problems
August 1, 2002
Former director East Linn Museum
In 1843 a settler wrote, "At any public gathering it was easy to distinguish the new from the old settler. They were lank, lean, hungry and tough. We were ruddy, ragged and rough. They were dressed in broadcloth, wore linen bosomed shirts and black cravats, while we wore very coarse patched clothes, for the art of patching was understood to perfection in Oregon. But, while they dressed better than we did, we fed better than they. Of the two we were rather more independent. They wanted our provisions, while we wanted their materials for clothing."