“The arrival of John Preston in America was scarcely second in importance to the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth.”
When I entered the Oregon Historic Society, I was stopped in my tracks when I beheld a baby-blue Ford pickup truck surrounded by crates of synthetic fruits and vegetables. My father owned a 1950 Ford flatbed truck and delivered vegetables with it from his Victorian warehouse in Jack London Square. I own a 1972 baby-blue Ford pickup that for two years I have titled the quintessential Oregon old guys truck.
“It’s a tradition!” I told my friends.”At any given time, there has got to be a grey-haired Oregonian driving this truck. It just so happens – I am that guy!”
Thank you uncle Vinny! A plaque on this truck read;
“Modern Day Work Horse”. Around the corner is a covered wagon. Not but twenty feet from this 1962? Ford, is a shopping cart containing the meagre belongings of a homeless man whose life-size photo is now a poster on the wall. Again I gasped!
“Hollis! Is that you?”
The plaque says; “Four wheels and a lot of pushing.”
What is going on here! Is this a prime example of what Anton Wilson titled ‘The Net of Coincidence’? When I pulled into the Safeway parking, lot there H be, up against the wall and leaning on his shopping cart.
A year ago while talking with my homeless friend in front of Safeway, I exclaimed;
“You’re Berkeley Bill Bolagard!”
“Who’s that?” This history buff asked.
“He is the homeless hippies in my novel ‘The Gideon computer’s novel I was asked to write after I visited my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, at the Springfield creamery. We lived in a famous commune in San Francisco, and in recalling our old hippie days, she bid me to author the history of the hippies. I began a story about the last hippie – of the future!”
Check out the rearview mirrors on both trucks. They are like time portals to the past and future.
Hollis told me more then once I looked like General Lee. H loved hippies, computers, cellphones, and was a gamer. Hollis was a master of cyberspace. He could not acquire enough electronic gadgets with a computer chip in them. Even though he was homeless, Hollis was in touch.
When he was evicted from Safeway, I took him and Steve over to the Springfield Youth Farm where we did volunteer work. A month ago told my friend Michael Dundon I was considering volunteering my Ford truck to haul vegetables to Food For Lane County.
In the Gideon Computer, Bill Bolagard, is hired by his friend he went to UC Berkeley with, to sell Ford trucks in LA because he looked like Buffalo Bill Cody. Bill would shout out “Ride em cowboy!” as he sat in the bed of a pickup.
Fremont was a good friend of Kit Carson, and other wild mountain men. Washington Irving wrote ‘Astoria’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. Irving was a promoter of John Jacob Astor and ‘Manifest Destiny’ that sent John West – to Oregon!
After he is arrested, Bill is sent to the Gideon Institute where he is kept in isolation until he agrees to become a hacker. As the Last Hippie on earth, Thomas Gideon is keen to capture the technique of the Artful Dodger so he can bring all of humanity into line, because, Shame & Guilt is a big money maker. Selfish and Sinful Individualism must be eliminated. Everyone must support their Big Box Stores.
“Don’t lay your guilt-trip on me, man!”
Bill was the inventor of Covered Wagon that is towed behind the new Ford Humby so one can really stock up when they come into the dangerous cities.
The Chinese Communists can not shake the ancient curse of being overly concerned about what people think of you. To avoid being shamed is big, while Bill didn’t give a rat’s ass, because in his mind thinking was the best way to travel.
“A shamed mind is going nowhere!”
Yesterday, I got my passport in the mail. Some experts say hippies invented the internet.
Near the blue Ford is an exhibit on Oregon Rock. The Creamery and the Kesey family promoted the Grateful Dead. John Astor was the biggest drug dealer of all time, he getting millions of Chinese hooked on opium. This led to the Boxer Rebellion and the bad relations Red China has with the Wild West. Astor may have funded the Fremonts.
One can conclude I am Oregon’s premiere Historian who foresaw the future. And I ain’t done yet!
Above are photos of Hollis and I volunteering at the Youth Farm For Food For Lane County. We drove past the vegetable stand in front of Riverbend Hospital. We prepared boxes of onions that day that will go to feed hungry homeless people.
Hollis is now kin to John Preston and John Presco. I now believe Maniest Destiny did not die, but, went underground. In our state song, our true intentions are made manifest.
Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson (December 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868) was an American frontiersman and Indian fighter. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 and became a mountain man and trapper in the West. Carson explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, and led ‘the Pathfinder’ through much of California, Oregon and the Great Basin area. He achieved national fame through Fremont’s accounts of his expeditions. He became the hero of many dime novels.
The arrival of John Preston in America was scarcely second in importance to the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Did the Plymouth colony give us as many senators, and governors, and generals, and cabinet officers, and distinguished divines, and eminent teachers as did this single emigrant from Derry?
Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award
The American Association of Museums has awarded the Modern Oregon Issues segment of Oregon My Oregon a Silver 2005 MUSE Award in the History and Culture category.
The visitor-controlled display plays video narratives of current events in Oregon. The unique interface is themed on Portland’s famous Newberry’s lunch counter and its countertop jukeboxes. Selecting a topic from a jukebox initiates a presentation featuring real Oregonians discussing the issue.
U.S. military spending will continue to represent roughly 40 percent of worldwide defense expenditures “even under the most extreme budget scenarios,” he added.
By 2020, Hagel said, the United States intends to base 60 percent of its naval assets in the Pacific. The Air Force, meanwhile, has stationed 60 percent of its overseas troops in the Asia-Pacific region.
The United States is working to expand its partnerships with Washington’s closest allies in the region: Japan, South Korea and Australia, Hagel said. The U.S. defense establishment continues to produce “cutting-edge” technology from which allies can benefit, he said.
“China is a big country, and they’re not going to fall on their knees and beg for forgiveness,” he said.
Cybersecurity ranks high on the White House’s priority list. New details emerged only last week, for example, that Chinese hackers previously gained access to sensitive U.S. weapons systems, though the Pentagon insists foreign cyberspies didn’t abscond with any key military documents.
Still, the past few months have yielded a deluge of reports all indicting the country as a haven for hackers trying to steal U.S. businesses’ trade secrets. A seminal report by Mandiant, issued earlier this year, even tied one of China’s most infamous hacker groups to the country’s military.
The White House began to address Chinese cyber espionage explicitly and forcefully only this past April, when National Security Adviser Tom Donilon called on the country in a major speech to adhere to “acceptable norms of behavior in cyberspace.” In the months to follow, leading administration officials — including the president — echoed that message.
In my novel ‘The Gideon Computer’ Berkeley Bill Bolagard has a T.V. show titled ‘The Authentic Human Being Show’ where he invites folks from all over LA to come prove that LA is not full of phonies. Betty would be on that show, and not her husband. However, if Bill had ‘The Authentic Human Family Show’ then all the Zorthians would be on camera. The photo of Betty playing guitar with her children, is the acme of love and sanity.
When Christine Rosamond Benton came tolive with us at ‘Idle Hands’ The Zorthian sisters commented on how beautiful our bond was.
“You two are the most beautiful brother and sister we ever met.”
Our family was not without, class, grace, and love. Perhaps it time to reveal this truth?
In 1966, Keith Pruvis, Barry Zorthian, and myself drove Highway 101, from LA to San Francsico, in a 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertable. We were never so free, so full of fun. We were on top of the world.
Keith and Barry were lovers. When I introduced the Zorthian sisters to my mother, she went nut, told me to marry one of them because they had money. I could care less.
Barry is a MD at Highland Hospital down the street from the Broderick home. Seyburn is an artist like her father and is co-owner of a winery.
All the above lived in the ‘The Idle Hands’ commune in SF.
In 1965 I attended a party at the Zorthian Ranch with my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren (whose grandmother owned the recipe for Nancy’s Yogurt) and Barry and Seyburn Zorthian, the daughter’s of the artist, Jirayr H. Zorthian, who was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton. Thomas is the cousin of the muralist, Garth Benton who married my late sister, the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. These four women and myself would live in a commune in San Fancisco, our rent paid by Betty Zorthian, the heiress of the William’s Shave fortune. Seyburn is an artist.
Zorthian and I discussed art up in his studio while beautiful young L.A. Godesses soared on the trampoline to ‘Gloria’.
We also partied at Betty’s mansion in Pasadena where she kept horses. We dropped LSD that was legal at the time. I did a psychedelic cowboy shoot-out routine with Toby Zorthian’s gun he had for quick-draw lessons he was taking. I did the slow-mo-draw, where the bullet would come out of the barrel real slow, and do very curious things on the way to a cosmic target where it was swallowed up in a parallel universe. I had folks in stiches in my peace-time play on a deadly weapon turned into an instrument of Cosmic Love!
Nancy dated Stanely Augustus Owlsley, and with Christine, they went on a date with Nick Sands who was also a manufacturer of LSD.
Jirayr Zorthian was the Grand Marshall of the Doo Day Parade that may have inspired the Eugene Celebrations Parade.
Cyberspace is a word that began in science fiction literature in the 1980s, was quickly and widely adopted by computer professionals as well as hobbyists, and became a household term in the 1990s. During this period, the uses of the internet, networking, and digital communication were all growing dramatically and the term “cyberspace” was able to represent the many new ideas and phenomena that were emerging.
According to Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer, cyberspace is defined more by the social interactions involved rather than its technical implementation. In their view, the computational medium in cyberspace is an augmentation of the communication channel between real people; the core characteristic of cyberspace is that it offers an environment that consists of many participants with the ability to affect and influence each other. They derive this concept from the observation that people seek richness, complexity, and depth within a virtual world.
By 1800 he had amassed almost a quarter of a million dollars, and had become one of the leading figures in the fur trade. In 1800, following the example of the Empress of China, the first American trading vessel to China, Astor traded furs, teas and sandalwood with Canton in China, and greatly benefited from it.
The U.S. Embargo Act in 1807, however, disrupted his import/export business. With the permission of President Thomas Jefferson, Astor established the American Fur Company on April 6, 1808. He later formed subsidiaries: the Pacific Fur Company, and the Southwest Fur Company (in which Canadians had a part), in order to control fur trading in the Columbia River and Great Lakes areas.
His Columbia River trading post at Fort Astoria (established in April 1811) was the first United States community on the Pacific coast. He financed the overland Astor Expedition in 1810–12 to reach the outpost. Members of the expedition were to discover South Pass, through which hundreds of thousands of settlers on the Oregon, Mormon and California trails passed through the Rocky Mountains.
Astor’s fur trading ventures were again disrupted, when the British captured his trading posts during the War of 1812. In 1816, he joined the opium smuggling trade. His American Fur Company purchased ten tons of Turkish opium, then shipped the contraband item to Canton on the packet ship Macedonian. Astor later left the China opium trade and sold solely to England.
Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.
Frustrated by bad investments, Irving turned to writing to generate additional income, beginning with A Tour on the Prairies, a work which related his recent travels on the frontier. The book was another popular success and also the first book written and published by Irving in the United States since A History of New York in 1809. In 1834, he was approached by fur magnate John Jacob Astor, who convinced Irving to write a history of his fur trading colony in the American Northwest, now known as Astoria, Oregon. Irving made quick work of Astor’s project, shipping the fawning biographical account titled Astoria in February 1836. In 1835 Irving, Astor and a few others founded the Saint Nicholas Society in the City of New York.
Astoria is the seat of Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811. Astoria was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 20, 1876.
British explorer David Thompson was the first European to navigate the entire length of the Columbia River in 1811. Thompson reached the partially constructed Fort Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia, arriving two months after the Pacific Fur Company’s ship, the Tonquin.
The Pacific Fur Company failed, however, and the fort and fur trade were sold to the British in 1813. The house was restored to the U.S. in 1818, though the fur trade would remain under British control until American pioneers following the Oregon Trail began filtering into the port town in the mid-1840s. The Treaty of 1818 established joint U.S. – British occupancy of territory west of the continental divide to the Pacific Ocean. In 1846 the Oregon Treaty ended the Oregon Boundary Dispute; with Britain ceding all right to the mainland south of the 49th parallel north.
The Oregon boundary dispute, or the Oregon Question, arose as a result of competing British and American claims to the Pacific Northwest of North America in the first half of the 19th century. Both the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (USA) had territorial and commercial aspirations in the region as well as residual claims from treaties with Russia and Spain. The British knew the region as the Columbia District, a fur-trading division of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), while Americans referred to it as the Oregon Country. The broadest definition of the disputed region was defined by the following: west of the Continental Divide of the Americas, north of the 42nd parallel north (the northern border of New Spain and after 1821 of Mexico), and south of the parallel 54°40′ north (the southern border of Russian America after 1825).
The Oregon Dispute became important in geopolitical diplomacy between the British Empire and the new American Republic. In 1844 the U.S. Democratic Party, appealing to expansionist sentiment and the popular theme of manifest destiny, asserted that the U.S. had a valid claim to the entire Oregon Country up to Russian America at parallel 54°40′ north. Democratic presidential candidate James K. Polk won the 1844 election, but then sought a compromise boundary along the 49th parallel, the same boundary proposed by previous U.S. administrations. Negotiations between the U.S. and the British broke down, however, and tensions grew as American expansionists like U.S. Senator Edward A. Hannegan of Indiana, or Congressman Leonard Henly Sims, Missouri, which urged Polk to annex the entire Oregon Country north to the parallel 54°40′ north, as the Democrats had called for in the election. The turmoil gave rise to slogans like “Fifty-four Forty or Fight!” and the catchphrase “Manifest Destiny”.
In addition to the royal ascent through her mother Katharine Houghton, I
have charted a royal ascent for the actress Katharine Hepburn, through her
father Thomas Norval Hepburn. The line ascends to Marmaduke Blakiston of
Newton Hall buried 10 Mar 1636 at St Margaret’s Crossgate who is an eleventh
generation descendant of Edward III King of England.
Patrick Hepburn of Monkrig was baptised on 4 October 1660.1 He was the son of George Hepburn of Monkrig and Helen Swinton.1 He married Marion Gillon on 4 November 1684 at Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland.1 He died before 24 August 1716.1
Children of Patrick Hepburn of Monkrig and Marion Gillon
Helen Hepburn1 b. 1684
George Hepburn of Monkrig+1 b. 20 Oct 1685
John Hepburn of Stamford+1 b. 11 Jan 1687, d. c 24 May 1766
Margaret Hepburn1 b. 12 Feb 1688
Alexander Hepburn+1 b. c 1690
Samuel Hepburn1 b. 27 Dec 1691
Patrick Hepburn1 b. 1692
Susanna Preston born at Greenfield 2-12-1769, daughter of Col. William and Susanna Preston, married Nathaniel Hart of Woodford, Kentucky and left five daughters and two sons. She died at Smithfield 6-25-1833.
1. Sarah Hart (Sally?) married Col. Geo. C. Thompson of Mercer Co., KY. A member of the legislature and its speaker. Col Thompson’s children and grandchildren inter-married with the Vances of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, and the Martins of Louisville.
2. Letitia P. Hart married Arthur H. Wallace. Her children intermarried with the Alexanders, the Taylors, Edwards and Dades of Kentucky.
3. Louisiana P. Hart married Tobias Gibson, of Live Oak Plantation, Terrebone Parrish, Louisiana, and left eight children:
Sarah H. Gibson married her relative, Joseph A. Humphreys, of Woodbury Co., KY.
Randall Lee Gibson, born at his Grandfathers residence in KY, graduated from Yale, entered the Confederate Service as a private and rose to the command of a company, a regiment, a brigade and a division. He was a member of Congress and a US Senator starting in 1875. He married Miss Mary Montgomery of New York.
William Preston Gibson, a surgeon in the Confederate Service, married his relative Miss Elode Humphreys.
Hart Gibson, a member of the KY legislature, a captain in the Confederate Service, married Miss Mary Duncan of Lexington, KY.
Claude Gibson, died while a captain in the Confederate Service.
Tobias Gibson Jr. also a captain in the Confederate Service.
McKinley Gibson was likewise a captain in the Confederate Service.
4. Mary Howard Hart married William Vorhees. Their children intermarried with the families of Sanders, Band and Duncan of Kentucky and California. One Gordon Vorhees was in the Confederate Service and was killed in action.
5. Virginia Hart married Alfred Shelby and then secondly Dr. R. J. Breckenridge, leaving children by both husbands.
6. The two sons were Nathaniel Hart II and William Hart.
Fourth child of William Preston, Sarah, married Colonel James McDowell, of Rockbridge county, Virginia, who was an officer in the War of 1812. She left two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter, Susan S. McDowell, married William Taylor, of Alexandria, Virginia, a lawyer and member of Congress from Virginia, and had six children and numerous grandchildren. One of these six children married John B. Weller, member of Congress from Ohio (1839-45), United States senator from California, governor of California, and United States minister to Mexico. The second daughter of Sarah Preston, Elizabeth McDowell, married Thomas Hart Benton, the illustrious senator from Missouri, who held a continuous term of thirty years in the United States Senate. She had six children, of whom the first, Eliza P., married William Cary Jones, a lawyer, of New Orleans; the second, Jessie, married Major-General John C. Fremont, the distinguished explorer, and the first Republican candidate for President of the United States; the third, Sarah, married Richard T. Jacob, a colonel of United States volunteers, a member of the legislature, and lieutenant-governor of Kentucky; and the sixth, Susan V., married Baron Gauldree Boilleau, French minister to Peru, etc.; and most of them leaving numerous children, some of whom are in the army and navy. The son of this Sarah Preston and Colonel James McDowell, was James McDowell; born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, 1796; graduated at Princeton, 1817; governor of Virginia, 1842-5; and member of Congress, 1845-51. He married his cousin, Susan, daughter of General Francis Preston, and left nine children, of whom the first, James McDowell, was a physician, resident in Paris, France, married to Miss Elizabeth Brant, of St. Louis; the second, Sally C. McDowell, married Governor Francis Thomas, of Maryland, and, afterward, Rev. John Miller, of Petersburg, Virginia; the third, Mary B. McDowell, married Rev. Mr. Ross, of Bladensburg; the fifth, Sophonisba McDowell, married Colonel J. W. Massie, of the Virginia Military Institute; the sixth, Susan P. McDowell, married Major Charles S. Carrington; the seventh, Margaret Canty McDowell, married Charles S. Venable, of the University of Virginia; and the eighth, Thomas L. McDowell, married Miss Constance Warwick, of Powhatan, Virginia, and died in the Confederate service.