Woman talks about relative who took the Oregon Trail
Most people have heard of the Oregon Trail. Some even played the computer game in school. But Zoonie Robertson has a distant relative who actually traveled on the Trail. Sort of.
Ezra Meeker, a distant uncle of Robertson’s didn’t live during the period of time the Oregon Trail was being traversed by the frontiersmen, but he took the trip. Meeker was a hops farmer. On Wednesday, Robertson told this story to an audience at the Jasper County Museum.
“He’d take off with nothing except the clothes on his back and like a 40- to 50-pound backpack and he did that a couple times,” Robertson said. “He did okay. But then he really wanted to commemorate the pioneers and the battle they had going through the Oregon Trail.”
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