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Frank Asbill Papers
MSS 135  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank Asbill Papers
    Dates: 1827-1913
    Collection Number: MSS 135
    Creator/Collector: Frank Asbill
    Extent: Items: 6 folders Linear Feet: .33
    Repository: California State University, Chico
    Chico, California 95929-0295
    Abstract: Typescript of Frank Asbill’s: “The Last of the West”, “The First and Last of the West”, and “The End of the Last of the West.” Some of the typescripts are incomplete.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research without restriction.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    Frank Asbill Papers. California State University, Chico

    Acquisition Information

    Source unknown.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Pierce Asbill, Frank Asbill, father and uncle of the author, and friend Jim Naphus entered Round Valley, California May 15, 1854. They came out west from Missouri in quest for land. The three men were known in the area as Indian hunters.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of six folders of Frank Asbill’s typescripts: The Last of the West, The First and Last of the West, and The End of the Last of the West. Some of the typescripts are incomplete or are copies. In these accounts Frank Asbill describes the trek out west from Missouri of his family. The Asbill family settled in Bodega, while his father Pierce, uncle Frank and friend Jim Neafus headed to the mountains of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties, entering Round Valley, California May 15, 1854. The author describes his family meeting the Donner Party, gold miners, hunting, ranching, buckskin trade, outlaws, murder, cattle stealing, Indian hunting, Wailuku Indians, Yukian Indians, Sacramento and Hettenshaw Valleys, Yolo Bolly and Trinity mountains, Island Mountain, Covelo, Ulysses S. Grant; trading post of George Kingsley which later became the town of Red Bluff; Squaw capture and trade for horses with the Mexican vaqueros.

    Indexing Terms

    Asbill, Pierce -- Biography
    Wailaki Indians
    Yukian Indians
    Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- Round Valley.
    Mendocino County (Calif.) -- History.
    Round Valley (Calif.) -- History.
    California -- History

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