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This letter was transcribed thanks to the considerable efforts of Wendy Jack. The footnotes were prepared by myself and then verified (and corrected or amplified) by Wendy. Many of the letters are the property of Betty Whiteside and/or Wendy Jack. Any researchers who wish to make further use of them should check with them first.
Sharon Oddie Brown, modified June 8, 2005

May 6th 1902.  Left Santa Maria by afternoon train from Guadelupe Mr. & Mrs. John Adams came with us to the station.  Making the journey seem less sad than if we had been alone.  Mr. Crosby was with us too, he drove the Surrey the children & I were in.  Mr. W. was with Mr. & Mrs. A.  They were so kind to us - Mrs. A. gave me a sweet little handkerchief trimmed with lace her own making, a keepsake.  Mrs. Jeter and Mrs. Orr also gave me handkerchiefs.  Mrs. Orr gave Clair a fruit knife & Mary an orange apron.  We stayed in Mrs. Orr's two nights before we left Saturday night & Sunday night.  We (Mr. W. & I) slept in the little room off the kitchen & the children one in a cot the other on the sofa in the parlor the 1st night.  the 2nd night Mary [1] slept with Harmonie Millar, Clair [2] in Mrs. Orr's room.  It was awful hard to say good bye to all the friends.

[1] Mary Ione Whiteside

[2] Thomas Clair Whiteside



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