“De Moss Family Lyric Bards” Oregon Trail Musicians

De Moss Cornets

De Moss Cornets

James De Moss and his wife Elizabeth came west over the Oregon Trail in
1862 and settled near the town of Cove in Northeastern Oregon.
De Moss Banjo Club

De Moss Banjo Club

Here they raised five children, teaching them to sing and play a variety of musical instruments. The family began playing and entertaining at mining camps and cow towns in Eastern Oregon. They traveled by wagon and camped out under the stars at night.

For thirty years the talented De Moss family performed on stage, and as their fame grew they traveled to Canada and throughout Europe.
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In 1883 the family retired to a sprawling wheat ranch at De Moss Springs in Sherman County.Herschel_Davis_triangle-sm
If you’ve enjoyed this moment in Oregon’s history, you can find more historical and contemporary western stories, including non-fiction biographies and novels, audio books and DVDs– on my website:  Writing the West http://ricksteber.com
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Honeybee pioneers on the Oregon Trail

honeybeeEuropean colonists brought the first honeybees to North America in 1622. It was more than 200 years later that the first honeybees crossed the Rocky Mountains and finally reached Oregon.

Oregon trail map

The Oregon Trail

John Davenport is credited with successfully importing the first hive of honeybees. He brought his bees over the Oregon Trail and arrived in the Willamette Valley in the early 1850s where he turned the bees loose on his farm in Marion County.

Calif. honeybeesWithin a few years other hives were brought from California and were sold for the staggering sum of $125 per hive.

If you have enjoyed this moment in Oregon’s history, you can find more tales of the Wild West, including non-fiction biographies and novels, audio books and DVDs– on my website:  Writing the West http://ricksteber.com