Shannon Applegate's visit with several elderly Applegate relatives changed the course of her creative life.
Soon afterward, she moved into the ancestral home in Yoncalla and began the seventeen years of researching and
writing that led to Skookum. Her recent experiences as sexton of the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery are chronicled
in her book, Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery. She is also co-editor of Talking on Paper:
An Anthology of Oregon Letters and Diaries (OSU Press).