Originally printed in the April 16, 2003 edition of the Illinois Valley News
In 1834 an expedition arrived in Oregon from St. Louis, Missouri. It was composed of some fur trappers and clerks who were employed by Nathaniel Wyeth. He planned on getting rich by trading with the Indians for furs and supplying the trappers with their supplies. Hudson Bay Company quickly undercut his business and Wyeth did not remain . . .