The Journal of San Diego History
January 1967, Volume 13, Number 1
Elvira L. Wittenberg, Editor

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Mary C. Morse

Page 8. Mary C. Morse as she appeared about the time this account was written.

Old San Diego in 1869

Page 9. Old San Diego in 1869, four years after the arrival of Miss Walker. (“The prospect . . . was not encouraging.”) Note Mason Street School at extreme left center.

Mason Street School

Page 10. The old Mason Street School, the author’s teaching assignment in San Diego. Of her new job she later wrote as follows: (“My school was composed of mostly of Spanish and half-breed children, with a few English and several Americans. Many American soldiers and some sailors had come to San Diego in the early days and married pretty señoritas. Hence the half-breed children.”)

San Diego Avenue about 1870

Page 10. San Diego Avenue about 1870. (“We passed Old Town sleeping under its brown hills”.)

Fisher Ranch

Page 11. Fisher Ranch, the first stop described in Mrs. Morse’s account, became better known as the Selwyn Home. It was located in Rose Canyon east of the present railway tracks.

Soledad Ranch

Page 12. Soledad Ranch. (Stone litho reproduced from a “History of San Diego County” pub. 1883 by Elliott & Co., Son Francisco.)

Witch Creek Hotel

Page 13. Witch Creek Hotel. It was built some years after the time of Mrs. Morse’s account.

Julian, 1870's.

Page 14. Julian, 1870’s.

Julian mining camp.

Page 15. Julian mining camp.

Miner's cabin

Page 16. Miner’s cabin typical of the times. (“A rough board shanty of one room, with cracks sufficiently wide for thorough ventilation.”)

Tunnel scene

Page 16. Tunnel scene in Golden Chariot mine, Julian, similar to the one described by Mrs. Morse. (“It seemed to me a gloomy place to work”)


Page 17. Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim W. Morse.
(Photo courtesy Title Insurance and Trust Co.)

Cajon Mountain

Page 18. Cajon Mountain
(“No finer view can be had…”)

Ed. Note: On the following pages is reproduced the San Diego Union dated Thursday, September 29, 1870, during the Morses’ visit in Julian which is described in the preceding account.

On page two, middle of column four, may be seen a dispatch from the Union’s Julian correspondent. It tells of the excitement generated by the new discoveries and the mining operations.

In the middle of the following column, at the end of the dispatch, the Personal items include mention of the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Morse.

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