New Books!
 
Webb Research Group publishes between 6 and 10 new books per year. While these books are on historical and Northwestern topics, the variety of subjects keeps our line of books fresh and informative, as well as challenging our readers to keep up with the yearly releases! 
 
 
Book Cover Picture Shipwrecks and Rescues
on the Northwest Coast
 
INCLUDES: World War-II Japanese Torpedoing of Ships on the United States West Coast 
DOCUMENTARY 
Introduction by James A. Gibbs 
Bert and Margie Webber 

Authors put readers in the middle of action-packed episodes involving dozens of shipwrecks, many fatal. Some wrecks covered are not mentioned elsewhere and some are classical wrecks folks love to read about but this book also brings to light new information gleaned from dozens of sources.

Book Back Cover Picture


Ships of many sizes -
fishing boats, pleasure craft, ocean liners and U.S. Naval disasters.

Loss of Coast Guard
life-saving boats.

Thrilling true adventures.

Every shipwreck documented.

262p.
Maps.
Drawings.
155 Photos.
Appendix.
Biblio.
Comprehensive Index. $14.95
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Book Cover Picture Battery Point and
St. George Reef
Lighthouses
Bert and Margie Webber
The Two Most Northern California lighthouses, Battery Point lighthouse, at the Crescent City harbor entrance (41 45' N.) and St. George Reef Lighthouse (41 50' N.), perched on a rocky reef about six miles at sea nearly on the Oregon-California line (42 N. Lat.) were the line extended into the ocean, are so close to Oregon and isolated from the rest of California seacoast lighthouses they are often considered part of the Northwest lighthouse scene.

AT CRESCENT CITY, one can walk across the bottom of the ocean at low tide and visit inside Battery Point lighthouse. This is one of the few 19th century lighthouses still operating with a resident keeper-of-the-light. The present visitor schedule extends from April through September. Of note in Chapter 5 "Lighthouse Ghost Stories – Things That Go BUMP in the Night."

ST. GEORGE REEF LIGHTHOUSE is inaccessible but those with a suitable boat can cruise to and around it. Some charter boats journey to the lighthouse. The giant granite lighthouse shaft is impressive with its lantern room 146 feet above high water. Men used to live in there!

ALSO PART OF THIS BOOK is the story, with pictures, of the giant tsunami that swept away much of the downtown portion of Crescent City in 1964 leaving death and destruction. Here is an eye-witness account of the tidal waves 5 of them one after the other as they pounded the city as viewed by the keeper from Battery Point lighthouse.

88 Photographs Map Bibliography Appendix Index 5x8.
ISBN 0-936738-92-8 (Year 2000 edition) $12.95
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Book Cover Picture FUJITA
Flying Sumarai
His Aerial Bombing of the Continental United States in World War II
DOCUMENTARY

Bert and Margie Webber
Imperial Japanese Navy pilot Nobuo Fujita was the only enemy pilot to bomb the continental United States in a manned aircraft in World War II. He did it in an "erector-set" airplane that had been carried to the west coast of the U.S.A. in a submarine from Japan. The airplane was assembled on deck, then was catapulted into the sky on an overcast day in September 1942 on a unique mission never before attempted, and a mission that he would repeat only one more time. He was to start a forest fire with his bombs, and it worked!

Launching Fujita from the I-25 Sub Fujita's exploits were daring and his skill as a pilot was tested when he had trouble returning to the I-25 submarine. Should he ditch in the ocean and risk capture, or crash the plane, kamikaze style, into a nearby town? Read the eye-witness accounts, and the words of the pilot who made history in this little known chapter of World War II.

An entire chapter details the embarrassing fumbling and failure of the U.S. military to respond. This first Japanese assault on the mainland of the United States, over 7000 miles from Japan, by air, was thought to be beyond their technical capabilities. Would troups need to be pulled back from the Pacific Theater to guard the coast from invasion? How soon would it come?

51 rare pictures, map, bibliography, index
ISBN 0-936738-95-2 $12.95
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Book Cover Picture Mustang:
Fury Over Europe
8th Air Force Fighter Command –
World War II

Bert and Margie Webber
Here are the experiences of a teenage boy thrust suddenly into the stress and horror of a fighting man's world. He became an Ace pilot with 14 kills (Messerschmitt ME-109's) before his 19th birthday. Fly with him on his hair-raising P-51 MUSTANG raids at Karlsruhe, the Mannheim matter, experiences in England, the Greek episode in his all-metal sleek stress-skinned Mustang fighter, unmatched in its manueverability, speed, firepower and range. F. Franklin Craig lived through it all and is retired in Oregon. Craig's story is highly recommended as an evocative personal statement of courage and integrity in the face of war. It belongs on every military buff's bookshelf.
Includes Index. $9.95 Shipping in USA add $5.95
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Book Cover Picture I SHOOT THE NEWS!
The Adventures of Will E. Hudson
First Newsreel Cameraman
in the Pacific Northwest
DOCUMENTARY
Bert & Margie Webber

Here are amazing stories of the life and work of Will E. Hudson, photographer:

  • His Japan and China Experiences 1905-1907
  • First Staff Photographer for Seattle Post-Intelligencer 1908
  • First newsreel cameraman in Pacific Northwest 1912
  • Staff cameraman for Harvard Museum Bering Sea-Arctic Expedition 1913. When his ship became beset in the ice, he and three others walked more than 500 miles through uncharted mountains in dead of winter to civilization
  • Became official Pathe Newsreel cameraman for Pacific Northwest 1916
  • Cameraman for Wilkins Arctic Expedition 1926
Will E. Hudson - First Newsreel Cameraman in the Pacific Northwest
Will E. Hudson
Some of the personalities Hudson photographed:
  • Emperor of Japan
  • Dr. Sun Yat-sen, China
  • Admiral Robley D. "Fighting Bob" Evans, USN
  • Presidents: William Howard Taft; Theodore Roosevelt; Woodrow Wilson
  • Duke of Connaught, Governor-General of Canada
  • Barney Oldfield, Auto Racer
  • J. G. "Tex" Rankin, Stunt Aviator
  • Jack Dempsey, World's Heavyweight Champion
  • Roald Amundsen, Arctic Explorer
  • Queen Marie of Romania
  • Samuel J. Hill, Founder of Maryhill Museum of Arts
  • Dr. Hugo Eckener, Builder, Commander, the Graf Zeppelin
165 Historic and Rare Photographs; Map; Bibliography; Index
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Book Cover Picture An Oregon Logging Pioneer
George Shroyer's Life, Work, and Humor
By Joyce Hall with Lee Wood

Bert Webber, Special Editor
This is the Biography of one very active logger, George Shroyer, of Philomath, Benton County, Oregon. Shroyer took his first job in a sawmill as a teenager and stayed with some aspect of the timber industry for the rest of his working years.
George Shroyer at 91
Still smiling at 91
George drove trucks. He pulled green-chain. He was a cat-skinner. He was a high climber and he was a high rigger. Later, he owned his own firm, Shroyer Logging Company. In the early days, he took whatever job he could get in a mill or in the woods to support his wife (he married at 19) and their family. Always an equipment operator and expert mechanic, he recently quipped that now that he had a new electric wheel chair, he could get going again.
George Shroyer was forever a jokester. His humor comes through in this reminiscence of his life from the earliest times of his school days in Summit, Oregon to the present.
Whether he is telling of his remarkable father, Oliver Shroyer, a unique schoolmaster for his time, his own childhood days, his wife's fulfilling hobby of gardening, or his experiences in the woods of Oregon or in the frozen northern British Columbia, there is excitement or pathos at every turn of his life.
1-log-truck This biography by his daughter, Joyce Hall, assisted by Lee Wood, is a masterwork of recording Shroyer's experiences with empathy for his personal circumstances mixed with the hard and often times lethal risks encountered in the forests by loggers.

109 fascinating photographs including 1-log-load pictures of Old Gowth Douglas Fir, illuminate the text along with Special Editor Bert Webber's ability to present the work in a manner that makes this book difficult to put down.
256p. 8½x11 Great pictures, Biblo., Index. ISBN 1-878815-12-1
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Book Cover Picture Battleship Oregon
Spanish-American War Centennial (1898-1998)
LIMITED COMMEMORATIVE EDITION!

DOCUMENTARY
Bert Webber
Our action-packed earlier book Battleship Oregon has been expanded! New edition honors Battleship Oregon which, in less than four hours, won the naval front of the war for the U.S. by sinking all of the Spanish Navy's Cuban Expeditionary Force almost single-handedly.
Battleship Oregon Postmark The Spanish-American War 32 cent U.S. Commemorative (1998) postage stamp "Remember the Maine" is added to page 1 with a special postmark honoring the centennial of the battle—July 3, 1998.

Limited to 1,000 serial numbered and author signed copies!

144p. 5x8 Amazing pictures, Crew List, rare postmarks, Append. Biblo. Index. $14.95 Shipping in USA add $2.50 Click to get order information

  
Book Cover Picture Amazing True Tales of  
Wrecked Japanese Junks 
DOCUMENTARY(English/Japanese Bilingual Edition)

Bert & Margie Webber 
These accounts of amazing incidents where Japanese sailors and fishermen were cast into the fury of the great North Pacific Ocean in their ships - junks - that were built only for shallow-water coastal use, and the destruction of their vessels by the seas, is the stuff of which novels are written.
Question: If only Japanese was spoken in Japan (a country closed to foreigners for over 200 years) how is it that a Japanese gentleman greeted Commodore Perry in English when Perry anchored his fleet in Tokyo Bay in 1853?
Want to know?
READ THE BOOK!
During the Edict Period in Japan, no Japanese was allowed to leave his country. If his vessel was caught it would be seized and he put to death.
Here are exciting stories of some 60 of these incidents and the waifs (shipwrecked sailors), their rescuers, and what happened to some of the Japanese who were often plucked from the jaws of death by American seamen. 77 Pictures. 7 Maps. 13 Charts. Bibliography. Notes. Index. $16.95
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Book Cover Picture "Terrible Tilly"
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Bert and Margie Webber
Tillamook Rock 1-mile offshore, was manned full-time showing powerful 1st order Fresnel light from 1881-1957 then discontinued. Severe winter storms knocked out its light 133-feet above sea, injuring the crew. "Ham" Radio Saves Men! Authors recount life, emergencies, with historical accuracy. Amazing diary of events of early builders clinging to rock with bare hands during winter storms. "Tilly" now columbarium is National Wildlife Refuge. Loads of unique photos. 144p. 5x8. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information
Book Cover Picture THE SISKIYOU LINE 
ADVENTURE IN RAILROADING 

Bert and Margie Webber 

THE SISKIYOU LINE is a chunk out of the Southern Pacific's original Shasta Route, the rails that stretch from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon by way of the fantastic Siskiyou Mountains. This line is now operated by the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP) between Springfield Junction and Black Butte, south of Mt. Shasta in California. 
 How else to describe the Siskiyous other than as amazingly beautiful in summer and winter alike with twisting super-serpentine bends of rails up and down the mountains, the steepest grades on all of the SP (3.67%) through many tunnels, alongside a mountain with a glistening snowy top in winter and summer. 
THE SISKIYOU LINE includes chapters on each of the shortline railroads that connected into this main line. 
More than just a "documentary report" of what is there, THE SISKIYOU LINE is an adventure with its own personality right from Chapter One, "Crossing the Siskiyous on a Modern Freight" when photo-journalist Bert Webber rode in the cab to make the "impossible" photographs which adorn many pages. 
THE SISKIYOU LINE is intended for railroad fanciers and working railroad folks alike. Includes some nitty-gritty data about locomotives and their specifications as well as the nostalgic days of the Ashland - Grants Pass commuter called The "Whiskey" Local. Hints are there about the plausible resumption of future commuter service on that line. CORP official said, "We like this book for its reality." Book is 8 x 11 inches. 192 pages, 338 pictures, 28 maps $24.95 Paper, $48.95 Hardback Click to get order information 

Book Cover Picture A Woman's Diary on the 
Barlow Road 
Nancy Wilson, Curator, McLoughlin House - National Historic Site, Oregon City 
Most women went to Oregon in tight-lipped protest. They packed, waved good-bye to their friends and family, and left as proper wives did following their husbands wishes. The Barlow Road, more dangerous than most routes, skirted Mount Hood on its south side and was the final link for wagons directly into Oregon City from The Dalles on the Columbia River. Women exhibited their stamina here, often driving the wagons. Maps. Biblio. Index. 34 photographs. 86 pages. 5x8. pbk. Large type for visually handicapped.$9.95  Click to get order information 
  
Book Cover Picture This is
Logging and Sawmilling  
DOCUMENTARY 
Bert and Margie Webber 
Here is a different kind of book about logging for it includes the next step - the saw milling of logs. Includes pictures of the latest methods of helicopter logging. Special chapter shows how a big tree is felled in the snow. Railroad logging - those weird and powerful gear driven locomotives and donkey engines. Shows how a logging camp in the woods of the 1920's was set up and what made it work. This is the only logging book with pictures and data about fighting forest fires with air tanker retardant drops. Visit a lumber mill with a picture tour of each process in the making of lumber from a log. Watch as a huge mill burns in a ferocious fire. Indeed, this logging book is different. 160p. 8x11. 247 photos. Maps. Glossary. Biblio. Index. pbk. $19.95 Click to get order information 
  
Book Cover Picture Ashland - An Oregon Oasis DOCUMENTARY 
Janelle Davidson 
"Experience the Plaza, Lithia Park, a Shakespeare play. Make my day." -D. A. Florencio  
Ashland. It has it all! Small town charm with big city culture, year around recreation, great parks, good schools and a fine place to raise your kids. Ashland. Nowhere else in Oregon is like it. Not even close. Ashland is home to Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Also covers the town's amazing history. 141 photos in 162 p. 5x8 Maps. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information 
     

Book Cover Picture Fort Laramie:
Outpost on the Plains

On the Oregon Trail - Indian Skirmishes - Rare Postmarks
REVISED EDITION

Bert and Margie Webber
A major stopping place along the Oregon Trail for emigrants. An Outpost of Army with troops to protect pioneers. Also, a meeting place for whites to negotiate treaties with Indians. Featured the first Post office in Wyoming and is a National Historic Site of the National Park Service. Visitors can get caught up with the mood of the period while walking around the fort; listen to stories by Park Service guides. 68p. 8x11. 112 historical and new photos. Maps. Rare postmarks. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information

  
Book Cover Picture Over the  
APPLEGATE TRAIL  
To Oregon in 1846; 
Includes The Pringle Diary
and Other Pertinences
 
The Unabridged Diary with Introduction and Contemporary Comments and Photographs by Bert Webber 
Includes Pringle Genealogy by Anne Billeter, Ph. D. 
 "This books fills a great need as there are very few books about the Applegate Trail" 
-R.J. Portal, Librarian

The Applegate Trail was a route into Oregon by way of Nevada and Southern Oregon to avoid the treacherous Blue Mountains. While there was water following the Humboldt River in Nevada as far as today's Winnemucca, the route northward through the Black Rock Desert toward Oregon proved dangerous - no water, no food - for days. This book has amazing photos, description of Black Rock Desert.  
"Such a trip would weary even today's stoutest souls." 
-Wm. P. Blachford, Trail buff
Trail finally passes near today's Ashland, and more-or-less follows Interstate 5 into Willamette Valley. The Trail proved unpopular because of its controversy thus it saw little use and has been almost forgotten in history. Photos. Biblio. Index. 184 p.$ 13.95 Click to get order information 
  
Book Cover Picture The Lure of Medford 
DOCUMENTARY 

Railroads - Airplanes - Buildings - Pipe Organs 
Bert and Margie Webber 

Southern Oregon's premier city was not the first town in the region- When Jacksonville and Ashland were thriving, Medford was not yet a happy thought. It was the wheeling and dealing of speculators and the Oregon & California Railroad that forced the birth of Medford. Due to the railroad, the town grew to Jacksonville's near demise. Here is the story of Medford then and now. Its architect, Frank N. Clark designed hundreds of it business and residential properties. Medford had the first commercial airport and first air mail service in Oregon and in the 1920's, a never-to-be-forgotten pipe organ salesman hit the town. The Lure of Medford is a fast-paced, striking adventure. 
145 photos - 9 maps. 5x8 Append. Biblio. Index. $12.95 Click to get order information 

  
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