Left by the Indians: Story of My Life
Copyright 2012 by Ethan E. Harris
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I have always been fascinated by stories of endurance and of survivors of significant historical events. A few years ago, I discovered that my wife's ancestors included the Fanno and Van Ornum families. Both of those families had immigrated to Oregon by way of the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. Many members of the Van Ornum family fell victim to a lengthy, cross-country assault on their wagon train. This book is the eyewitness story experienced by a girl on the wagon train and their eventual rescue.
As I write this, I am editing a book about alleged survivors of "Custer's Last Stand." Major Marcus Reno was one of the three battalion commanders during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. At the very time of the battle, my Harris ancestors were working their way to Oregon, a few hundred miles to the south of the famous battle site. Of particular interest to me was that when Major Reno was a much younger officer, he was one of the Soldiers that led the rescue of the Van Ornum party during their struggle.
If not for Marcus Reno, my wife and I may have never met.
We are all connected.