The Wind Blew Him West

by Vida R. Sutton Co-Author William R. Sutton

The Wind Blew Him West

The Wind Blew Him West

by Vida R. Sutton Co-Author William R. Sutton

Published Jan 18, 2008
344 Pages


Book Details


In the early 1840s thousands of emigrants came out West via wagon train on the Oregon Trail seeking rich farmland and a better way of life. Others came for the gold and the riches it could bring. THE WIND BLEW HIM WEST is a true story about my pioneer father, David M. Sutton born in New Jersey in 1842, who was shipped west on the Oregon Trail by his Quaker father at the beginning of the Civil War. His father Jacob, with his abhorrence of war, sent his son west to keep him out of it.
At the tender age of twenty, young David left for Omaha, Nebraska where he met wagon master Captain Leroy Crawford and crossed the plains in oxen-driven covered wagons in 1862.
The Oregon Trail began on the banks of the Missouri River in Independence, Missouri (the jumping-off point) and ended on the banks of the Willamette River at Oregon City, Oregon. The Oregon Trail has been called "The Trail That Won the West."


Book Excerpt

After leaving the Oregon Trail, David's wanderings took him into the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana, the high Sierras of California, the foothills of the Mother Lode country and the deserts of Arizona searching for gold. Several times in his depression, David wanted to "throw in the towel" and end his wretched life for the misery and heartache he brought into his two marriages with false hopes, dreams and promises. But in the end he saw that life was still worth living in spite of this Old World that can seem cruel and harsh at times. No one ever said that life was easy. A man may walk into hell with his eyes wide open - for it's a broad an easy road. At times, David thought he was living in hell. The road to heaven is a narrow and difficult one. Even in his later years when fate seemed to be dealing him a lousy hand of cards, the average man would have given up, but David played the cards that he was dealt. He kept picking up the pieces of his shattered and solitary way of life and forged ahead. He truly was a pioneer, explorer, gold prospector and trailblazer who thirsted for knowledge, fortune and adventure and lived his 93 years to the fullest. Maybe if David would have put his life and trust in God's hands, things might have turned out differently in his life.


About the Author

Vida R. Sutton Co-Author William R. Sutton

Author Vida R. Sutton
Co-Author William R. Sutton
Vida R. Sutton, author, educator, lecturer and speech consultant, was born in 1878 in Oakland, California, reared in Helena, Montana, and graduated from the University of Chicago where she received an M.A. degree in 1908 and later studied at Columbus University in New York. For two years she was a newspaper correspondent in Europe for a series known as "Women the World Over" and later organized and was for five years, director of the Onteora Playhouse, one of the most distinguished of Little Theaters in the East. She also acted on stage and was an understudy for actresses, Julie Marlowe and Annie Russell in their Shakespearean roles, both considered great actresses of their day. Vida was one of the closest friends of the late Maude Adams, the stage actress. She had been helping Miss Adams with her autobiography until the actress' death in 1953.
For eight years Miss Sutton served as a speech consultant for the National Broadcasting Company and was on the radio in the educational broadcast entitled "The Magic of Speech," a series of plays and talks presented weekly as a coast to coast feature of NBC, one of the most successful and unique features of educational radio. In the 1900s Vida was a Suffragette marching in parades and speaking in support of womens' rights and the right to vote in political elections. In 1920 Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution allowing women to vote. For a number of years Miss Sutton directed, produced and wrote "Pageants of the Centuries," perspectives on history from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Besides plays, articles and pamphlets, she wrote the books "Fires of Life," "Passports" and "Magic of Speech" broadcasts. For ten years she conducted a Book Review Hour - books about ourselves, our universe and our world. Vida Sutton was laid to rest on July 27, 1956 in New York at the age of 77.

Co-Author William R. Sutton was born in Oakland, California in 1936. He is the author of two magazine stories written about gold prospecting published in the Gold Prospector of America magazine and is a third generation gold prospector since 1982. He also is a former member of the Oregon-California Trails Association that preserve trails used by the early emigrants going West via covered wagons on the Oregon Trail as well as other historic trails. As a child William spent most of his spare time in movie houses watching westerns during the early 1940s-1950s and considers himself an Old West history buff. After his Aunt Vida's death in 1956, the unfinished manuscript [The Wind Blew Him West] lay hidden away in a dusty old trunk in an attic for many years. Years later, William inherited the manuscript and had rewritten, retyped, researched, edited and assembled the loose-leaf, rough-draft text into chronological order and book form for publication after locating the lost and last missing chapters. Although his own individual writing is in evidence throughout the chapters, the original story is left intact as his grandfather dictated it to his daughter, Vida. William resides in Tracy, California and is married to his wife, Esperanza for the past 36 years. He has a son, Jeff, living in Santa Rosa, California and a daughter, Maria, that makes her home in Chino Hills, California.