TRUMANCopyright © 1992 by David McCullough
Blue River Country
As an agricultural region, Missouri is not surpassed by any state in the Union.It is indeed the farmer's kingdom....The History of Jackson County, Missouri,
In the spring of 1841, when John Tyler was President, a Kentucky farmernamed Solomon Young and his red-haired wife, Harriet Louisa Young,packed their belongings and with two small children started for the Far West. They had decided to stake their future on new land in the unseen,unfamiliar reaches of westernmost Missouri, which was then the "extremefrontier" of the United States.They were part of a large migration out of Kentucky that had begunnearly twenty years before, inspired by accounts of a "New Eden" infarthest Missouri -- by reports sent back by Daniel Morgan Boone, theson of Daniel Boone and by the fact that in 1821 Missouri had come intothe Union as a slave state. The earliest settlers included families namedBoggs, Dailey, and Adair, McCoy, McClelland, Chiles, Pitcher, andGregg, and by 1827 they had founded a courthouse town calledIndependence, pleasantly situated on high ground in Jackson County, in what was often spoken of as the Blue River country. Those who cameafterward, at the time of Solomon and Harriet Louisa Young, were namedHickman, Holmes, and Ford, Davenport, McPherson, Mann, Noland,and Nolan, Freeman, Truman, Peacock, Shank, Wallace, and Whitset,and they numbered in the hundreds.