Category Archives: Easton’s Honeymoon

Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (9)

Van Ransaeller refused to let go while Easton struggled to wrench free. Unable to shake off the chief mate, Ansel finally squirmed out of his coat, leaving the heavy garment in Van Ransaeller’s hands, and the poor man drifted away … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (8)

In the blurry panic that followed, somone handed Ansel Easton a life-preserver and a coat, a garment he wore loosely about the shoulders but buttoned tightly around his neck. “Give me your cigar,” Easton, for the lst rocket,” said Captain … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (7)

Adeline Mills Easton must have recounted her horror story a thousand times, and at this critical point in the tale, the Burlingame grande dame must have paused for dramatic effect. Captain Burt of the brig Marine welcomed the women and … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (6)

The horrible thought of helplessly falling into the cruel sea led the men to unbuckle and abandone their gold dust-stuffed belts. The women who had hid bags of gold in their staterooms now threw the $20 gold pieces on the … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (5)

The storm raged through Thursday night–Friday brought no relief. A defining moment occurred when the Central America “suddenly careened to one side.” It was no longer possible to walk on the deck, and the sails used as back-up for these … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (4)

A string of unfavorable international events and over-speculation in railroad securities led to stocks tumbling on the New York Exchange. Stories circulated of investors who made and lost fortunes during a single trading session. Savvy foreign investors withdrew funds form … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (3)

Addie and Ansel Easton were privileged passengers aboard the Central America, paying $300 a day for their stateroom. They were regularly invited to the captain’s table, and they found the 44-year-old Captain William Lewis Herndon a magnificent host. He fascinated … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Easton's Honeymoon (2)

The story of Adeline and Ansel Easton At Panama, the Eastons crossed the Isthmus in new open-air rail cars–enjoying the short and uneventful 48-mile trip to the Caribben port city of Aspinwall. They they boarded the 272-foot wooden-hulled Atlantic steamer … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: A Honeymoon, A Disaster at Sea & 21 Tons of Gold (1)

Wedding Journey: The Story of Adeline Mills and Ansel Easton*** By June Morrall (From my “Over the hill stories” series) —1857— Through the decades family and friends of Adeline Mills Easton were so captivated by her account of surviving a … Continue reading

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