Helen Swett


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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.-3- There was a constant interchange of informal visits among neighbors, most of whom had moved to the valley from the Bay region and were congenial Choice flowers, fruits, and other farm products were Interchanged, and on the broad veranda of the original Spanish adobe on the Swett place, the two Johns would sit talking many an.afternoon until lengthening shadows warned John Muir to make his way home to Louie and his own two charming daughters, Wanda and Helen. Finally there came a time in May 1913, when the University of California planned to honor on Sharter Hay, not only the sneaker of the occasion, but two Californians who had made their own unique contributions to ehe cultural life of their adopted state. lothing was said at home by John Muir of the letter he had received inviting him to attend at the designated time and receive the honor of a doctorate. Wanda and Helen muir would not have known about it, and would not nave been there, had not the Swett young folks asked them about going down to the ceremonies. I can close ay eyes today and see that picture of the Greek Theater on a bright summer day. The two Johns, two good friends,hats off, white hair blown back from their foreheads by the breeze—two stalwarts, for all the world like the trees they both so greatly admired. And so we leave them, two of nature's noblemen, of whom California may well be proud. (Mrs. ) Helen Swett drtieda Radio talk on K L X, Monday, April 82, 3:30 P.M. 09P9&



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