Frank Asbill Papers

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California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico, Special Collections Meriam Library
400 West First Street
Chico, California 95929-0295
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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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