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Joseph Hedges letter to William Fouts

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA 1852 Apr 12] 1
Identifier: CA 1852 Apr 12


Joseph Hedges (1827-1895) was a carpenter and pioneer who travelled from Ohio to Oregon in 1852. The collection consists of a single, one paragraph letter from Hedge to Fouts.


  • Creation: 1852 April 12


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Biographical / Historical

Joseph J. Hedges (1827-1895) was born near McConnelsville, Ohio. He crossed the plains to Oregon in 1852 with the pioneers of Canemah. A carpenter by trade, Hedges worked on numerous early buildings in Clackamas County. In Clackamas County, Hedges married Edith Judith Allen, daughter of one of Oregon's pioneer physicians. The couple had nine children: Mary A., John Byron, Elizabeth Alice, William Allen, Arthur Edwin, Joseph E., Francis Royal, Gilbert Lawrence, and Frederick Roscoe.

William Fouts travelled to Oregon City from St. Joseph, Montana in 1850. He chronicled that journey and his return trip to Ohio, 1851-1852, in a diary, which is not included in the collection. Please see the related materials note for the repository that holds the diary.



0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

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Related Materials

A typed copy of William Fouts' diary of his trip to Oregon, 1850, can be found at the Newberry Library (Chicago, Illinois): Diary [manuscript] : overland to Oregon in 1850, [ca. 1900], VAULT box Ayer MS 3073.

Physical Description

1 folder

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Guide to the Joseph Hedges Letter to William Fouts
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Austin Munsell
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA