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Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by mic » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:00 pm

Journal Of A Mountain Man.
James Clyman

I bought this book in the early 90s and thought I'd lost it. I recently came across it in a storage building and my first thought was to share via a Christmas giveaway. I had to reread it before letting it go and it is truly an amazing window into the early settlement of our western frontier beyond the Rocky mountains. It is a detailed diary by a Mr. James Clyman one of the first to journey into and beyond the Rockies. His writings begin in the early 1820s fur trapping,return to Wisconsin to “settle down ” and become a sort of businessman and after 17 years at the age of 52 head west again via the Oregon Trail. He eventually returned to Wisconsin and in 1848 was hired to guide a company of emigrants to California. The train he was hired to guide belonged to an Indiana family,the McCombs . Mr. Clyman upon arriving in California married Mr. McCombs' daughter Hannah. He was 57 and she 30 years younger. He settled to farm and raise a family and lived to be 89 years old.
I originally intended to include a paragraph or two but after rereading the book every time I came across an interesting diary entry I would eventually find another. Realizing I couldn't make up my mind here's a short entry
Describing a bear hunt two of his companions had put five balls into the bears' vitals when the bear escaped to a thicket. They trailed the bear from horseback more than a mile and when the bear entered an almost impenetrable thicket one of the men at risk to himself and his horse entered the thicket cutting a retreat with his butcher knife. The bear charged and they all opened fire killing the bear. Upon butchering the bear they found nine balls but owing to the thickness of the fat on his sides only one ball had penetrated the lung. The bear yielded more than 300 lbs. of oil.
Upon returning east in 1846 his party would meet emigrants heading west and advice and opinions would always be shared. Clyman met with the Boggs party headed west. He had served in the Black Hawk War with one of their leaders James Frazier Reed. Clyman later said ,”I told him to take the regular wagon track (by way of Fort Hall) and never leave it. It is barely possible to get thru if you follow it and may be impossible if you don't.” Reed replied “There is a nigher route( The Hastings Cutoff) and it is of no use to take so much of a roundabout route.” The Boggs party included the Donner party!
We all fantasize at times of living in this era but after reading this diary you realize these were HARD men. Travel in this era was a major undertaking with hardships unimaginable by modern man.
Just post I'm in and next Saturday at noon I'll pick a winner at random. The winner can PM me their address and I will ship the book at no expense to the winner. All I ask is after you read it to pass it on.

Here's a link to Mr. Clyman .
http://www.mman.us/clyman.htm
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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by zeek from coon creek » Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:28 pm

OK, I'm in. I'd love to read that journal. Thank you for being so generous to pass it on.
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Post by The Nocking Point » Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:11 pm

Please put me in
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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by Captchee » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:58 am

its a good read fellas .
if you like western history with a little stronger historical context then the average day to day western . you will like this book

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Post by Oklahoma Leatherman » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:34 am

Sounds like a good book. Please put me in!
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Post by melsdad » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:23 pm

"I'm in" and thanks for the oportunity!!
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Post by ringo » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:13 pm

I'm in

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Post by jrmflintlock » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:52 pm

That sounds Like a great read.. Please include me in your drawing!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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Post by VT Surf-N-Turf » Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:00 pm

I'm in. and thanks...
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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by Falcon » Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:56 pm

That's got to be a good book. Put me in.

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Post by luke » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:27 pm

love all old west books count me in if its not to late.

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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by Sneakon » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:02 am

I'm in. Win or loose I need to pass that book along to my Wisconson hunting buddy.
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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by Winter Hawk » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:00 pm

Dunno at this late date, way past Saturday, but if the winner hasn't been drawn I would be honored to be "counted in."

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Post by Huntsman » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:44 pm

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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by Winter Hawk » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:12 pm

Please take me off the list - I just ordered a used copy of the book. Should be a great read!
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Post by zeek from coon creek » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:13 am

Zeek;

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Post by hanshi » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:11 pm

Count me in.
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Re: Christmas giveaway for those who like to read!

Post by Hood » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:48 pm

Looks like the winner has already been drawn and a different thread was started.

Congrats to the winner and thanks for the chance!

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