The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Spring 1985, Volume 31, Number 2
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor
Florence Merriam, a determined young naturalist, in 1893, just before her second visit to Twin Oaks to gather information on its bird life.
Major Gustavus Merriam’s homestead in Twin Oaks, north of present-day San Marcos, probably 1894. He and his wife are seated. Between them stands his brother Clinton Merriam, whose daughter Florence may be sitting on the horse at left.
A hummingbird on her nest, drawn by Louis Agassiz Fuertes from a photo. Miss Merriam’s book, A-Birding on a Bronco, was Fuertes’ first commercial publication. He was to become the most famous bird artist
The Twin Oaks, still standing, after which Major Merriam named the area. His daughter Virginia ran a school for boys, some of whom are shown at their lessons.