Oregon may have seemed far from the troubles brewing Back East, but as the Civil War neared, feelings raged even in the Far West, and especially in Lane County, a hotbed of North-South rivalry. A Southern sympathizer, Garrett Maupin armed himself with a gun and a whip for disarming antagonists. Alcohol-fueled fights erupted on the streets of Eugene City until troops arrived from Vancouver and placed a cannon at the courthouse. When things turned too hot for Garrett, he and Martha headed south to Douglas County—just ahead of the law. Their great-great-granddaughter, Janet Fisher, tells their story in a new book called A Place of Her Own. Garrett died in a Douglas County wagon accident, leaving Martha alone on the frontier with many children and few options. But she took charge and bought a farm there, a family legacy Fisher owns and operates today.
Source: Fisher, Janet. A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin. Guilford, CT/Helena, Mont. TwoDot/Globe Pequot Press, 2014.