Jane Eakin diary , 1866

Overview of the Collection

Hanna, Jane Eakin, 1849-1932
Jane Eakin diary
1866 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (1 container)  :  1 folder
Collection Number
A 030
Jane Eakin was a pioneer whose diary describes a trip across the plains from Illinois to Eugene, Oregon in 1866.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Jane Eakin (1849-1932), also known as "Jennie", left Chicago Heights, Illinois, in April 1866 and began a four-month journey by wagon to Eugene, Oregon. She traveled with her family – including her parents, one set of grandparents, and a number of siblings (she mentions five in her diary). Little is known about Eakin's life before or after her migration to Oregon. She appears to have married later and changed her surname to Hanna.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Jane Eakin Diary of a Trip Across the Plains from Illinois to Eugene, Oregon in 1866 consists of nine typed pages from a travel journal that Eakin kept during the summer of 1866 when her family migrated to Oregon from Illinois. Eakin's entries are brief. They mark the progress of her family's wagons, note the weather conditions, and recount illnesses her family suffered. Some of Eakin's references to campsites are specific – such as "stayed in Frog" – but many of them are less specific, such as "camped in a man's yard." Consequently, tracing her family's progress is difficult. Eakin notes when other wagon trains joined them; she mentioned the "Montana train" and her sorrow when they parted company. She also offers observations about other travelers; she said she did not like the Oregon train because the women were "rough, course and ugly" and the men swore. The Eakin family joined other family members who had already settled in Eugene (the McCornack and Pattison families).

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Subject Terms

  • Pioneers--Oregon
  • Women Pioneers--Oregon--Diaries

Geographical Names

  • Oregon National Historic Trail--Description and travel

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries