Wolfe, Linnie Marsh
From Helen to LMW - 2/26/43 Mama's Death - Continued 1. Palm Springs Note continued family. That was our first Sierra trip. Papa took Wanda and me and a sorority sister of Wanda's Grace Foulds (Armbruster, Reno, Nev) jhc Mr. Gant was one of Dr. Merriam's biological collectors on that trip and later was at Palm Springs to trap small mamals, chipmonks and rabbits, when Mrs. Jones met him and they fell in love. SAN FRAHCISCO EARTHQUAKE: (Jim Donohue was apparently a guide who took JM out to Petrified Forest) ... In early April we set up a tent in the Bad Lands, and Jim had a team and light wagon there to take us all over the forest and save time coming and going from Adamana. We spent two weeks there. An unusually hard sand storm came so it was impossible to do much study, so Jim went over to Adamana for the mail, and Papa and I were in the tent, our blankets around us and half hurried in drifted sand, he writing up his notes and I reading, when Jim returned with mail and a San Francisco newspaper telling of the earthquake and fire. That was the first we knew of it. A week later we received a letter from Wanda telling of the damage to our house. Somehow it seemed very unreal away out there among the red buttes. After our camp in the forest Papa returned to Martinez and set the old Chinaman to cleaning up the fallen plaster and chimney bricks. During this upset time May and Arthur Coleman offered Papa their home until ours was repaired and liveable again. They also offered it to Wanda to be married in and she accepted their offer. Her wedding was 6/20/06,
[San Bernardino, Calif.]
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