Mabel Colf


Mabel Colf


John Muir



have known them. Their name is Gifford. We had your picture all surrounded by flowers and plants on a table in the center of the hall during our exercises.

Your true friend,

Mable Colf


Los Angeles, Cal.,

Mar. 22, '04.

Mr. John Muir,

Our teacher, Miss Foshay, wants us to write to you and tell you about the dedication of our new school and our Arbor Day exercises.
Our school-house is situated on Kinney Heights on Twenty-fourth Street. We are nearly out to the city limits, nearer the ocean than any other school in the city. This is a new tract of land,



just laid out. There are many fine residences being built. In the midst of this fine neighbor-hood our school is situated. There are four rooms, the office, and three other little rooms. I am in the A5's. There are about twenty-eight pupils in this room.
Thursday after-noon we had our exercises. I think we did finely. We had bought a new flag and while it was going up


we sang "The Star Spangled Banner." We also planted a redwood tree, and many flowers. We dedicated our tree to you and presented our flag to Mr. Charles Monroe of the Board of Education. Much of our program was from writings of yours. One of our teachers read the biography of yourself. In it I found out that you had lived in Fox lake Wisconsin. I have an aunt, uncle, and cousin there and I thought you might


Los Angeles, Cal.,

March 22, 1904

Dear Friend Mr. Muir.

It gives me much pleasure to write you a friendly letter describing to you the day of March 17, 1904. which was held as Arbor Day, in Los Angeles. We also had flag-raising exercises, as we hoisted our first flag. The flag was presented to Mr. Monroe the representative of our ward on the Board of Education. We had a delightful program in which several of your nature quotations were recited
Our new school-house is



situated on a hill near the corner of 24th Street and Western Avenue and is surrounded by beautiful residences; we have a nice view of the mountains.
Our school consists of four sunny rooms also four small ones, and a large hall
On Arbor Day we planted a redwood tree, and dedicated it to you.
If you should come to Los Angeles we would be glad to have come to our school and visit us

Sincerely Yours.

Harmon O. Parsons

2707 Stobart Blvd


Los Angeles, Cal,

March 22, 1904.

Dear Mr. Muir,-

Our little new school has just four class rooms and four smaller rooms and an office. The rooms are very large and sunny.
The view from the school is beautiful, for you can see a wide sweep of mountains, and as our school is nearer the sea than any other school in the city, we get the breeze from the Pacific Ocean before it has been through the dust and smoke of the city.
Last week we celebrated



our first Arbor Day in Los Angeles on March 17, 1904. We also celebrated our first flag-raising in our new school. There were forty-eight visitors present. Mr. Foshay and Mr Monroe gave us suitable speeches. Other people also helped us with our program.
Most of our program was extracts from your book, "Our National Parks."
We planted a red-wood tree and dedicated it to you, our famous naturalist of this country.

Yours truly,-

Lillian Sexton.


1812 W. 24th St.

Los Angeles, Cal.

Mar. 22, 1904.

My dear Mr. John Muir,

The name of our school is 24th Street School. It was finished about Feb. 1, 1904. It is upon 24th St. hill, and the scenery about it is beautiful. When you are on top of the hill you can see most all of the city. Our school has four rooms, and one hundred forty pupils. We have a very large play-ground the boys have one of the side yards and the back yard to play in, and the girls have the front yard and the other side yard to play in.
Our Arbor day was on the seventeen of March. We had very nice exercises. The same day we had the dedication of our school, and our flag-raising exercises.


For our Arbor day we planted flowers, and one tree and dedicated it to you because you are the California naturlist.
In our program we had several selections from the books you have written, and the story of your life.
We have your picture in our room at school.
I must close my letter now,

Your loving friend,

Marie Wattron.


Los Angeles, Calif.

Circa Date

[19]04 Mar 22


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