Doctor in Buckskin Author:T. D. Allen In 1835 Marcus Whitman had a very comfortable medical practice in a small town in upstate New York. he could have spent the rest of his life administering smelling salts to overstuffed ladies and accepting cigars from new fathers, but young Dr. Whitman had other plans. With a brand new bride he migrated to Oregon where the only settlers were a... more » few adventurers and the trappers of the Hudson's Bay Company - to start a medical mission for the Indians.
The Whitmans had scarcely picked an easy life for themselves. Most of the Indians had no desire to be converted or cured. yet even the most hostile felt free to spend hours camped in Marcissa's kitchen while she tried to work around them. There were epidemics, wagon trains in trouble, bickering among the missionaries-and all this on top of trying to carve a farm and mission out of the wilderness.
Slowly the house and fields grew, a few Indians came for services and doctoring, more and more pioneers struggled West--but it was often hard to see any progress. The Whitmans would never know that hundreds of settlers later claimed it was the doctor in buckskin who gave them the courage to take the Oregon trail.« less