Bibliographical references included in "Acknowledgements" (p. 219-222)
"Captain Frederick Way, Jr. began his career as a mud clerk (an all around worker on a steamboat) , then became a mate, a master, and finally in 1923, received his pilot's license. In 1925, Captain Way bought his first packet (a ship traveling at regular intervals between two ports)..." [wikipedia]
This book "[s]tarts with an outboard motor trip down the Allegheny from Olean, New York, to Pittsburgh, giving nice detail of the nature of the river and its individuality. Then follows the history and the personalities and the feel of succeeding periods. There is a good deal about Pittsburgh and the oil boom of that section ... There is flood control, keel and steamboating, rivermen and river yarns, interspersed with anecdotes and reminiscences of the author and his family." [Kirkusreviews.com]
Contents: Ancestors of Jirah Isham Allen / Life of Jirah Isham Allen: A) His early life; B) His Diary - The establishment of Fort Pease 1874-1875, My trip to the Black Hills 1876, The Custer Massacre, My scouting days in 1877, Over the trail as guide 1878 / The End of the trail
This book was written by the niece of Jirah Isham Allen to describe his adventures and accomplishments.