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William Tichenor reminiscences

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CB T435] 1
Identifier: CB T435

Scope and Contents

The collection (1849-1886) contains William Tichenor's hand written and typed reminiscences and family histories, other family documents, and newspaper clippings.

There is a hand-written journal by Tichenor, written in 1886, and covering events between 1849 and 1852, including the Battle Rock incident.

There is also a published pamphlet about the same incident that is subtitled with the information, "nine white men and three-hundred Indians."

Documents include a legal statement that seems to be an accounting of Tichenor's life, from 1813, up until Port Orford. The document does end with a discussion of a legal issue, but there are many pages of family history to get through first.   There is a typed list entitled, "Port Orford Minute Men of 1856."

Also included is information about the first newspaper and post office in Port Orford, including documents with the stamp used by Tichenor as postmaster. There is also a supplement to the newspaper of 1913 about Port Orford's famous family grandmothers: Tichenor, Winsor and Knapp.


  • 1849-1886


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

William Tichenor (1813-1887) was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to Springfield, Illinois. In 1849 he travelled to California and tried mining at Hangtown. He was captain of several coast trade ships out of San Francisco.

In 1850,Tichenor attempted settlement of a town in the area that would become Port Orford, Oregon. The settlers were driven off by people of the Tututni tribe.

Tichenor was also instrumental in the settlement of the Humboldt Bay, California area and the town of Arcata. He was later a member of the Oregon Territorial Legislature, a citizen of Port Orford, Oregon, and its postmaster. His reminiscences indicate that Tichenor was a strong-willed man who had trouble with such functionaries as customs officers.

A relative (probably his father) was David Tichenor, of New Jersey, who bought a slave in 1830 for the purposes of freeing him.



0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



William Tichenor (1813-1887) was an Oregon pioneer whose attempt to settle a town in the area that would become Port Orford was derailed by skirmishes with people of the Tututni tribe. The collection (1849-1886) contains William Tichenor's reminiscences and family histories, other family documents, and newspaper clippings.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the William Tichenor Reminiscences
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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