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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

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A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Professionals and Royality


Initially the frontier was essentially devoid of any professionals...no teachers, lawyers, scientists or doctors were present. But by 1803 La Charrette's first school teacher arrived, although Anthony C. Palmer did not teach school there until 1807. Next physicans arrived. The title link offers a review on the status of frontier medecine and how it advanced. My blog of September 30, 2005 "Lucky Life Events" chronicles a more local progression of the medical leaders in Charrette Township. But between the arrival of Palmer and medical doctors at nearby Marthasville, there were scientists and men of nobility starting to traveling through. John Bradbury was an exceptionally highly regarded botanist from England. His travels posted at http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/mtman/html/bradbury.html chronicle his stay at La Charrette visiting with Daniel Boone, and later with John Colter. Bradbury made significant contributions to both science and history as his travels took him up the Missouri in 1811. Both artists and a scientist traveled around the village as part of the 1819 -20 expedition led by Major Stephen Long. The artists were Titian Ramsey Peale and Samuel Seymour whose popular works are offered on the Internet, museums, galleries and commercial outlets. Thomas Say was a zoologist traveling overland to the immediate north of La Charrette with Peale as explained at http://faculty.evansville.edu/ck6/bstud/say.html Say was a founding member of the Philidelphia Academy of Natural Science and the acknowledged father of American descriptive entomology. Parakeets, turkeys, larks, sandpipers, partridges and heel flies were all recorded about La Charrette to advance yet another frontier... the scientific one. The turkey sketches shown above are those of Peale's but no doubt Say identified the bird and related details a few days after they had traveled around La Charrette. The print holds its present day origin to the American Philosophical Society Library. A bit later Prince Paul, Duke of Wurttemburg was one of the few scientist who also claimed rolality when visiting La Charrette. More of his status appears at http://www.bigcanoerecords.com/dukepaul.html Connecticut preachers arrived in 1816 and 1819. The first La Charrette congregation of twelve was formed with the aid of Reverend Welch in 1818 in the home of Flanders Callaway. Reverend Peck came in 1819 and records one of the last visits with Daniel Boone. Peck's biography appears at http://www.sbhla.org/bio_peck.htm

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