Americans have a long history of facing irrational or out of proportion fears with force of arms.
In the days after the Cockstock Incident the Oregon Country’s anxious pioneers endeavored to establish a militia to combat “hostile” Indians. On March 11, 1844 the provisional government passed a bill establishing the Oregon Rangers.
Pioneer Thomas Dove Keizur (or Keizer – sources differ), for whom Keizer, Oregon is named, was the first captain.
The Oregon Rangers, Oregon’s first organized militia, were a fifteen man force which trained but never saw action.
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