Edward Gray was born in Portland, Oregon in 1941. He lived in Oregon all his life.  His interest in the where, when, who and why of the people and places of Oregon history began in the 1970’s with trips to Eastern Oregon with his three sons. Fishing and camping trips turned into excursions into the unknowns of Oregon's past.

 

 

Life and Death of Oregon "Cattle King" Peter French
1849-1897
by Edward Gray

The west was a place of dreams for thousands of people, and this was also the case for Peter French, who operated the largest known cattle ranch in the region. Backed financially by Dr. Hugh Glenn of Jacinto, California, French made his way to Oregon in 1872 with 1,200 head of cattle.

French and his men settled in the Donner und Blitzen Valleys of southeast Oregon, where his cattle had plenty of room to roam, and plenty of grass to feed on. It was in these valleys that French began his rise to the top of the cattle kingdom. He established the French-Glen Livestock Company, and began acquiring cattle, land and horses. At the peak of French’s reign, the 1,200 cattle he brought to Oregon had multiplied into 45,000 cattle and 3,000 horses and mules roaming on 100,000 acres of land. The land was known as the “P” ranch.

Despite French’s power and status in the area, he was plagued with problems. Indians attacked his ranch, and homesteaders began squatting on his land. Although the land was not legally theirs, French had no way to evict them. French’s problem with squatters and land boundaries continued to grow until December 26, 1897 when a boundary dispute left French dead, having been shot in the head by a homesteader. Although this was the beginning of the end of the “P” ranch, French’s impact shaped this area and can still be felt today.

 

204 Pages 6 x 9 Paperback
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An Illustrated History of Early Northern Klamath County Oregon
by Edward Gray

A history of northern Klamath County during the mid 19th Century settlement period through the 1930s Chapters are organized geographically by section, township and range and focus on the families and their homesteads in each particular location. General chapters include local lore and stories, sawmills, the Forest Service, railroads, and a general chapter on other topics of interest. Much of the material is based on oral histories and written correspondence; however, the bibliography includes many primary resources, making this a good introductory resource. 

304 Pages.  8.5 x 11 Paperback - Extensively illustrated with maps and photographs
2014 reprinting of first edition.

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  Roughing It on the Little Deschutes River 1934-1944
A History of a Sawmill and Its People
by Edward Gray

    Roughing It On The Little Deschutes combines oral histories with a narrative history of the Deschutes Lumber Company's camp which existed at Mowich from 1934 until the mill burned down in 1944. The camp had many of the characteristics of a town.   It shut down during the winter then reappeared each Spring.  The book compliments An Illustrated History of Early Klamath County.  It is extensively illustrated with photographs and maps.

150 Pages.  8.5 x 11 Paperback - Illustrated with maps and photographs
2014 reprinting of first edition.

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