Deadwood Trading Post
Deadwood Oregon Trading Company, Deadwood, Oregon
Dawn's Early Light
By Johnny Sundstrom
The year was 1849. The wagon train moved slowly along the parched Oregon Trail in the empty desolation that was to become known as southern Wyoming. Martha Bradford was told she must discard either her cast-iron cook stove or her pianola to lighten the burden for the oxen. She has them both unloaded and then refuses to go on any further:
“She declared that if the only things that made her life worth living were being left behind, they’d just as well leave both the stove and the pianola, and her with them.”
This novel is based on the next six generations of her family and the first ranch settled in that part of the country. Here are real cowboys and cowgirls, Indians of the past and present, a faith-challenged evangelist, a militant suffragette, a newspaper owner, and many others, linked together by their hard work, rowdy pleasures, their spiritual beliefs or non-beliefs, and stitched into a panoramic story-quilt representing the dream of the Morning Star and its hopeful annunciation of a new day rising in the Old West.
Not to be mistaken with Deadwood, South Dakota, the Deadwood Trading Post in Deadwood, Oregon highlights our beautiful coastal mountain community. Our on-line store lists Authors, Books, Art, Pottery, Ceramics, T-Shirts, Watercolor, Paintings, Handmade Pencils, Drawings, Pen and Ink, Tie-Dye, and Wood Products. We also highlight Fishing, Hunting, Pictures of Oregon's Coastal Mountains, Logging, Creeks, Rivers, Streams, Salmon, Steelhead, Elk, Deer and other wildlife. Please take the time to visit our artist pages and enjoy your stay.
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Johnny is also deeply involved in working for the long-term productivity and protection of the Deadwood/Siuslaw watershed.
Abe Saunders was wounded in one of the last battles of the War between the States. This novel recounts his healing, marriage, and an overland wagon journey in the last great wave of pioneering westward migrations. Here are the constant struggles faced in overcoming nature’s challenges, the sometimes violent human tensions encountered along the way, and the heartfelt aspirations for a new life among the ranchers, miners and Indians on the still-untamed frontier.
“A kind of madness sets into the brain when the wind never stops and the dust fills your eyes and every other opening. Some of the people on the wagon train went silent, some talked only to themselves, while others yelled or sang to keep their spirits up…”
Inspired by the biblical epic of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, this story evokes the timelessness of love, faith, hardship and triumph, and the restless urge to follow one’s destiny into the future.
JOHNNY SUNDSTROM has lived most of his life in the American West, and has crossed the continent overland many times. He is part-owner and manager of a livestock and forestland operation in western Oregon. As founder and Director of the Siuslaw Institute, he provides natural resources consulting and administers watershed restoration and education projects. He also serves as head track and field coach at the local high school. For more than 40 years he has spent part of every summer visiting his relations in Wyoming. He graduated from Williams College with a degree in English Literature, has written extensively over the years, and previously published the novel Dawn’s Early Light.
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