Mountain Man......Stephen Meek, was born on the 4th of July, 1805 in Virginia. At the age of 20 he entered the services of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in St. Louis, Missouri. He left his moccasin tracks all over the West, from Yellowstone to the Arkansas. A free trapper he hired out with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1835 and passed through the Umpqua region for the first time in 1836.
[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front] (LOC) Butler, Preston, photographer. [Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front] [Springfield, Ill., 1860 Aug. 13] 1 photograph : ambrotype ; plate 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.
Ready for the hunt, the frontiersman at right packs an 1873 Winchester, while his companion (far right) holds a heavy, octagon-barreled 1874 Sharps. The unarmed man may be their skinner. The differences in ammo size in each hunter’s belt reveal who was going after the big game—the Sharps shooter. – Courtesy Herb Peck Jr. Collection –
John Horton Slaughter (Oct 2, 1841 – Feb 16, 1922) "Texas John Slaughter" was an lawman, Civil War soldier, & gambler. Over the course of his long life, John Slaughter served as an honorable soldier & lawmen throughout much of the Southwest. In the latter half of his life, he lived at the San Bernardino Ranch, which is now a well-preserved historic site in southern Arizona.