Historical Documents

15 May 1845: One More Day Left

One more day until we are on our way. Papa and Uncle Luke have been busy securing our things in the wagon and making sure that the canvas is well-tied […]...

13 May 1845: Three More Days

Three more days to go. This morning I helped Mama cook soft boiled eggs and cakes and we ate it with the maple syrup she brought all of the way […]...

12 May 1845 : We are Leaving Soon

Uncle Luke says that we will leave on Friday. I hope that this is so, because I am growing weary of this place and all of the quarreling among the […]...

11 May 1845: Sunday on the River

Today is Sunday, so Mama took us to hear Reverend Bunting bless our wagon train and our journey. Mama says he is not a real Priest, appointed by God and […]...

10 May 1845: The Second Day

It is the evening of our second day, and we have arrived at the main camp. I couldn’t believe that there are so many wagons in the whole world. Uncle […]...

7 May 1845: Our journey to Oregon begins!

This the first thing I’ve written in my new diary Papa bought me. Everyone is very excited. Our journey to Oregon begins today! We have been preparing to leave for […]...

History: A Wilbur County Timeline

1845 – After little Germaine Van Bibber becomes ill, the pioneer families leave the Meek wagon train, and settle in the Tamarack Valley near current day Germaine. 1846 – Young Henry […]...

Wilbur Pioneers: The Founding of Germaine

For several years, the pioneers who settled in the present site of Germaine had a very loose structure of governance. They were, after all, just a few neighboring families trying […]...

The Bradford Family

Germaine and Wilbur County have enjoyed the legacy of the Bradford family from the beginning. Nancy Horne Bradford came from an old Connecticut family and she was accustomed to traveling […]...