North Western Journeys: Spokane Pioneers and Scablands Settlers by John W. LawtonNorth Western Journeys: Spokane Pioneers and Scablands Settlers by John W. Lawton

North Western Journeys: Spokane Pioneers and Scablands Settlers

byJohn W. Lawton

Paperback | January 30, 2017

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This family saga of westward migration is told through the voices of people who lived 100 years ago by means of letters, diaries, oral history and photographs. It includes a memoir of the author's improbable discoveries as he found the stories of the grandfather he never knew. The Lawtons' first ancestor arrived in Massachusetts in 1635. Its succeeding generations followed forest cutting to the west, across the northern states, until one branch of the family arrived in frontier Spokane in 1890.

Will and Irene Lawton followed a string of settlers from Wisconsin, where the pine forests were playing out after a quarter century of logging. They established homes and businesses in Spokane, then left in 1906 and settled a few miles west in the scablands of the Columbia Plateau, where they bought land, took up a homestead, and commenced farming and storekeeping. The dream worked until misfortune and flawed assumptions eventually led to the loss of all they had built. The family had been multi-generational and closely knit. But by 1920 the family had scattered because of untimely deaths and the collapse of homesteading. As a fatherless boy, Walter Lawton, Will's son, spent years in Idaho's mountains herding sheep to get by.

Title:North Western Journeys: Spokane Pioneers and Scablands SettlersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.31 inPublished:January 30, 2017Publisher:Arcadia PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1634990153

ISBN - 13:9781634990158


Editorial Reviews

'How well do we know our family history? The answer varies as some of us have meticulously documented genealogies, including stories about how our forebears lived, worked, migrated across oceans and continents, while others have only limited knowledge about those who preceded them. One of the problems faced by those who delve into family history beyond establishing their family trees is bringing their ancestors to life. John W. Lawton, a graduate of Davis High School, does an excellent job of skillfully weaving facts gleaned from diaries, letters, newspaper articles, personal interviews and a wonderful collection of photographs into a fascinating story about his family." Yakima Herald