In 1858 my great great great grandfather, DR. Henry Hermann, came to Oregon to find a great place for his friends and family to live. He had been chosen by them to come ahead and to report back what he found so they could all decide where to move their whole community to. This was a huge group of people, mostly German decent. Dr. Hermann was born in Cassel Hesse, Germany in 1812.
When he got to Oregon he met up with John YOAKAM in roseburg when Mr. YOAKAM went to an office there to discuss a land boundary dispute. YOAKAM was more than happy to explain to HERMANN how beautiful and healthy the land around the Coquille River Valley was. Soon he had convinced HERMANN to follow him home so he could see for himself. HERMANN was kept at the YOAKAM home for much of 1858, at which time he kept records of the soil, temperature, the climate, the seasons and such so he could prove to his group that they should come there. Which they did.
The Baltimore Colony, as they were called, moved to Oregon in 1859, mostly by steamer ship. They crossed at Panama and then whent to San Francisco before going on to Port Orford, Bandon, and finally the Myrlte Point and Broadbent area.
If not for the suggestion of one Mr. John YOAKAM to one Mr. Henry HERMANN at a very chance meeting in 1858 that his group should move to the vally of the Coquille, then the Coquille River Valley would not have been settled in 1859, and the entire history of Coos County, Oregon would be completely different.