Helen Muir


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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From Helen to LMW - 2/26/43 Breakfast Habits - Continued sometime about the middle of the afternoon. Then came our happy walk in the hills, unless his sister, Margaret was not well, in that case he went to her and spent a visit with her the time we usually spent in the hills. Often our hill walks ended up with a short visit to Aunt Margaret. She looked forward to these daily visits right up to the time of her death, and when he wrote me where she passed away he said it was a comfort to him to know that his presence at her bedside seemed to sooth and comfot her during her last days. They were very dear to each other. I always sensed they were closer than the other sisters and brothers were, tho he loved them all. But with his brothers after they were all grown men there was never the understanding between them there was with his sisters, especially Aunt Margaret. Aunt Sarah Galloway lived with us about one year, I think, part of 1901 and 1902. She was very sweet. (I think I remember her as a very old woman and visited her in Pacific Grove when I was a small child. Also Aunt Ett lived down there, jhc) MAMA'S DEATH: . . . finally my doctor advised a stay in the desert for awhile. Papa decided Palm Springs would be a good place to go first, and later after a rest there we were to go on to Wilcox, Arizona. Through his friend J. D. Hooker, in Los Angeles, Papa had a letter to Mr. William Hooker, J.D.'s brother, who had a big cattle ranch twenty miles south of Wilcox. (William Hooker was the "Don Pedro" Papa wrote of as helping us in our great trouble.) For when we arrived at Wilcox there was a telegram waiting for us from our Martinez doctor saying Mama was


[San Bernardino, Calif.]

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January 1943

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