Robert Crooks

imagesBorn in Missouri in the late 1800’s, African American Robert Crooks was a survivor of the ill fated Donner Party traveling through the Sierra Nevadas in 1846-47   He was a servant for a family of the same name who were part of this tragic journey to California. Servants were not acknowledged as travelers and often over looked in history. Crooks died on May 17, 1904 in Santa Rosa, California.

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http://www.onlinenevada.org/articles/donner-party-survivor-dies

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040518.2.36

https://books.google.com/books?id=oU5dPhYSG-kC&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=Robert+Crooks+donner+party&source=bl&ots=gCLFhAnHcy&sig=o9Xi0uHSc6xD1suax0gCzzBxh4I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=37g7VbmICYvsoATd3oDgBg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Robert%20Crooks%20donner%20party&f=false

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Pass