Ezra Meeker

In these pictures, dated Oct. 7, 1924, president Coolidge appears pleased to meet Ezra Meeker, a man whose name rated a big “????” when I first encountered it. So I did some cursory research (and by that I mean I googled him) and this is his remarkable history:

Born on Dec 29, 1830 in Huntsville, Ohio Ezra married his childhood sweetheart, Eliza Jane Sumner in 1851. The young family joined the more than 50,000 Oregon Trail “immigrants” in the summer of 1852 and first settled in Kalama on the Columbia River.

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