Collection MSS 6031 - J.H. Horner Papers, 1889-1985

Wallowa River and Valley Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1-100 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 101-200 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 201-300 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 301-400 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 401-500 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 501-600 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 601-700 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 701-800 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 801-900 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 901-1000 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1001-1100 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1101-1200 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1201-1300 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1301-1400 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1401-1500 Wallowa River and Valley; Pages 1501-1561 Wallowa River and Valley; Map of Joseph, Oregon

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MSS 6031

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J.H. Horner Papers, 1889-1985

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  • 1889 - 1985 (Creation)

Extent

.9 Cubic Feet (2 Document Cases)

Name of creator

(1870 - 1953)

Biographical history

John Harland Horner (1870-1953) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Enterprise, Oregon, in 1911. A life-long bachelor, he served as Wallowa County's deputy assessor from 1918 to 1924, before being elected county assessor in 1924. Horner also had a long-standing interest in the history of Wallowa County. For more than thirty years, he collected historical information and interviewed most of the area's early settlers and local Native Americans. His research resulted in an unpublished manuscript of more than 1,500 pages titled Wallowa River and Valley. Horner committed suicide on July 13, 1953, at the age of 83

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Scope and content

The collection consists principally of the typescript (with corrections in hand) of Horner's work, Wallowa River and Valley, dealing with regional history, as well as the Nez Percé Indians. Other papers include correspondence (ca. 1889-1985); legal documents (1898-1931); patents for window construction (1921-1922); and manuscript materials (undated). Horner's main correspondent is Otis Halfmoon, a Catholic Nez Percé who assisted with the author's manuscript. The collection also includes a list of other contributors that assisted Horner in his research

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The collection is arranged in two series as follows

Series A: Correspondence and general papers, 1889-1985
Series B: Manuscript of Wallowa River and Valley, undated

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  • English

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Gift of C. N. Gaylord, October 1991, Library Accession 20491

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Photographs were transferred to the Photographic Collection, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

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  • Citation: J. H. Horner Papers, Mss 6031, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

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