Robert Smith, a pioneer settler in Douglas County, Oregon
This photo was displayed as a part of the ""Levi Scott and the South Road/Applegate Trail"" Heritage Room Exhibit at the Salem Public Library in Salem, Oregon. The subject is Robert Smith, a pioneer settler in Douglas County, Oregon. He was born February 18, 1822 in Covington, Virginia, but the family moved to St. Clair County, Missouri, when he was 18. Robert left the family farm in 1843 for the Oregon country in a group which included the Applegates and other well-known early Oregon pioneer families. He made his home with the Applegates in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon for the first few years. Mr. Smith was an officer in the Cayuse Indian War, and in 1848 made an attempt at prospecting on the American and Feather rivers in northern California, but returned to Oregon a year later. In 1850 he took out a donation land claim for six hundred forty acres in Douglas County, Oregon, and the following year married Susan Applegate, the daughter of Charles Applegate. Their first home was a one-room cabin without a floor or fireplace and with only one window and door. Mr. Smith died May 5, 1888, leaving eleven hundred and fifty acres of land on which they had raised cattle. They had seven children: Richard, Fanny (Johnson), Frank F., Jerome, Ellen (Warner), Albert, and Elmer.