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Diary of Agnes Stewart

Letter of Elizabeth Stewart Warner

Lost Wagon Train of 1853

A collection of diaries and recollections of immigrant travel and early settlement in the Lane county area of the Willamette Valley was prepared for reproduction by the Lane County Historical Society in the 1960s and 1970s.

The AGNES STEWART DIARY was first reproduced in 1959 from the original diary owned by Mr. Ivan Warner of Sale, Oregon. A second printing was made in 1966.

The ELIZABETH STEWART LETTER was reproduced from the original owned by Mrs. John Shultz of Eugene Oregon, in 1959 and reprinted in 1966. Mrs. Shultz is a granddaughter of Elizabeth.


Title page

Photograph of Agnes Stewart and family
Ancestry of Agnes Stewart

Diary of Agnes Stewart
Letter written by Elizabeth [ca. 1856]
Letter written by J. D. Willoughby to Agnes Stewart.

Sections 3 and 4 are accounts of crossing the plains in 1853 with their parents from near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Oregon. The poignant diary of Agnes relates a young girl’s thoughts after leaving relatives and friends for a new life in a strange part of America. Elizabeth married Fred Warner in St. Joseph, Missouri, enroute to Oregon, and her letter written later from Oregon adds details of the trip west.