Monthly Archives: July 2008

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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From our friends near the Big Sur fire….Sam Varela Reports

Dear Friends and Relatives, Our Evacuation Orders were lifted Friday night, thankfully. Although this is not a guarantee, it’s still really smoky here with some ash still falling; it is a big step toward saving our home and property. There … Continue reading

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Up Close…but please, not too personal…Story & Photos by John Vonderlin

John Vonderlin asks: Is this a good idea? Story & Photos by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, When I visited my daughter and her family, who were vacationing in Santa Cruz yesterday, we made the obligatory trip to … Continue reading

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At Mavericks: Forever Chasing Bubbles….

Molly chases bubbles at Mavericks. Can you see the bubbles? To see more, click here

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Just In From Southern Oregon: "The Girls Got Their Haircut"

Molly and Dolly: Before & After Says They are the “Fattest Sheep in the Known World” Story & Photos by Katie Dryden Katie says: Our shearer – a nice man named Charlie Mattica, comes up from Ferndale, CA. He has … Continue reading

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