Crossing The Plains, Day Of '57; A Narrative Of Early Emigrant Travel To California By The Ox-team…

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byWilliam Audley Maxwell

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. ORIGIN OF "PIKER." BEFORE THE ERA OF CANNED GOODS AND KODAKS. MORN- ING ROUTINE. TYPICAL BIVOUAC. SOCIABILITY ENTRAINED. THE FLOODED CAMP. HOPE SUS- TAINS PATIENCE. The appellation "Piker," much used in the West in early days, synonymous of "Missourian," had its origin on these plains. At first it was applied to a particular type of Missourian, but later came to be used generally. There was among the emigrants a considerable number of persons from Pike County, Missouri. Some of these had the sign, "From Pike Co., Mo.," painted on their wagon covers. Others, when asked whence they came, promptly answered, "From Pike "Pike County, by Gosh" County, Missouri, by gosh, sir;" often said with a shrug implying that the speaker arrogated to himself much superiority by reason of the fact stated. The display of such signs, and announcements like that just mentioned, were of such frequent occurrence that the substance was soon abbreviated to "Piker," and became a by-word. It was often, perhaps always, spoken with a tinge of odium. Possibly this was due to the fact that many of the people referred to were of a "backwoods" class, rather short in culture, and in personal makeup, manner and language, bearing a general air of the extremely rural. Though only persons of that description hailing from Pike County were those who at first had to bear the opprobrium generally implied by "Piker," later it was applied to all persons of that type in the Far West, regardless of their origin. Many years' of mingling of California's cosmopolitan population has changed all that; producing her present homogeneous, sterling, virile, and somewhat distinct type of "Californian"; so the "Piker," as such, is no longer in the land. A later application of the same word, descriptive of a ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. ORIGIN OF "PIKER." BEFORE THE ERA OF CANNED GOODS AND KODAKS. MORN- ING ROUTINE. TYPICAL BIVOUAC. SOCIABILITY ENTRAINED. ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217927831

ISBN - 13:9780217927833

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