Lake County, California
VOICES FROM THE PAST
March the 11 A D 1855
Letter from William H. Moore to his son, James Frances Moore in Louisiana
(Although it is written from Sonoma County, it refers to several Lake County families)
Santa Rosa Sonoma Co Cal. Jan 25?, 1856
James F. Moore
(This letter is referring to Commodore & America Jane Elliott of Lake County, and Missouri Ann Porter (wife of Thomas A.D. Porter) of Healdsburg area of Sonoma County)
Contributed by Anita Crabtree
Another letter from William H. Moore to his son, James, in Louisiana (again written in Sonoma County)
Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., Cal.July 12th
Mr. James F. Moore
It is once more that I write you a few lines in compliance with your request & to let you know the state of our health in general. My self and family is all well at present and all of the rest as fair as I know. Anderson is at my house now. He is just from Oregon and all was well when he left. Anderson has bin sick since since he come down from Oregon but he is recovering. Anderson lost his wife on the plains in fifty two and he was left with four children. Benjamin married to a Miss Waller. Americas husban has bin sick but he is about now. You wrote to know some of their names. I will tell you from Joseph Henry down Eliza Sharp, Nancy Cecilia Moore. Missouri has 3 children, one boy and two girls. America had none. Benjamin hasn't bin married but a short time. William has six children, four girls and two boys. Robert married old Joab Powels daughter and he has four children tow of each sick. (sex) Washington married a Miss Robinet and thay have three boys. James Cyrus died in the spring of fifty two and Mary moved to Oregon in the spring of fifty two and has married again and has one child by her last husben. She had one by Cyrus. Anderson wishes you to write often and direct your letters Oregon Taritory Lin County Washing Butt Post office. Elizabeth lives in Iowa Maderson County Winter Sit Post office. Married to a man by the name of Thomas F. Brown. My wife intendes to write in a few days and she sends her best respect to you and family.
(Probably written in July 1857,
since Benjamin was married in
January 1857 and his son was
born in January 1858)
Again, a letter from William H. Moore to his son, James, in Louisiana
(The handwriting seems to differ on these letters, so I think someone else was writing for him. In this letter, the person writing couldn't spell very well. So, use some imagination on the names mentioned)
San Tarosa, nov [?], 1857
Letter from Benjamin Logan Moore to his brother, James Frances Moore in Louisiana
Clear Lake Dec the 27th 1858
Napa Co Cal
Mr. James F. Moore
Letter from Benjamin Logan Moore to brother, James Moore's widow in Louisiana
A letter from Hettie Moore to her William F. Moore family in Lakeport.
(The Aunt Sena she talks about is her mother's sister, and is married to Dr. Willard Burke of Burke's Sanitarium.)
St. Helena, July 5. 1887
Dear Mamma and all of you for I mean one letter for all. I got up this morning at 8 o:clock ate my breakfast helped Aunt Sena do the dishes took my treatment and am now writing to you. I have my treatment early. I couldn't hardly describe what all they do. Uncle Willard writes out a ticket for each one and then the lady in the bathroom does what ever that says. It generally takes until sometime in the afternoon to get through.
Letter from Daisy Martin to Mrs. Anger
Lakeport, May 10th 1906
Dear Mrs. Anger
I guess you think me lazy but I have had almost as many troubles as a poor married man lately so no wonder I don't write. We have been having earthquakes, first we had an awful hard one, it almost shook the house down here and then it shook San Francisco to pieces and set it on fire and Mabel was there and for days while the city burned to ashes we could see the smoke hear the explosions and that the whole city was on fire but we could not go there and if we had gone we could not find her alive or dead one chance in a hundred so we worried ourselves almost sick. finally we got a scrap of paper from her saying she was alive still she did not come homne and the danger was not over. Finally after another wait of a week and no more news she came home. She had been nursing the injured of that poor wrecked city trying to save life all possible. She saw San Francisco all burned to ashes from the top of the highest hills in the city as far as the eye can reach nothing can be seen but blackened ruins, thousands of people were killed and burned to death. She saw hundreds of blackened bodies buried in trenches. For days the hospitals cared for the injured while even the nurses had nothing to eat or drink and nothing to offer the thousands who appealed for aid. It was terrible. Finally they got water and some food but the water was horrible black stuff. They all expected to be killed. Mabel along with the rese, They were at Fort Mason in the officers quarters. They had established a hospital there and the fire kept coming that way it had taken all the rest of the city and bid fair to take the park and the Fort and over 200,000 people but the wind died down at sundown & saved the lives of thousands. Then the firemen got the fire under control and put it out. You see they could have saved the city from fire if it had not been that the earthquake bused all the water pipes so they had no water to fight the fire and had to use explosives to throw down the buildings but it was of no use the wind was fierce.
And all that while we were here and helpless like persons watching a ship in distress and not being able to aid. Mable came back all tired out but otherwise well. It was still shaking hard in SF and is still and last Sunday it commenced to shake here again and all day Monday it shook every little while. And it worried me so I was sick by the time the day was over and Mabel had to dope me up with medicine. In SF it shook so hard it turned the largest steel buildings around on their foundations and strew lots of the buildings entirely flat. I wish it would quit shaking here if it don't I shall sell out and leave unless it kills me first. I am tired of it all.
Now about your friend Mary Xouk is married and gone so are the rest of the Xouks gone. The Bramlets are all OK the oldest boy is married to a Miss Fouch. Ellie is not married. The Hazelwoods and Watenbergers are all well. Nora is as fat as ever. Mrs. Frank Farrier has a baby girl Cora West married Charles Benson. Wirt West & Guy West are both married. Mrs. Jackson married a black french man and went away, her younger sister is at Masons. She is 16 & her husband is 18 and she is suing for a divorce. She looks just like Mrs. Mason. Mr. Smith deserted his family so I don't know where he was at the time of the SF fire. The Smiths lost all that they had but escaped with their lives. Nobody in SF saved anything. Millions there now have to be fed & clothed by charity and carry burned bricks at the point of a soldiers gun for all who eat & are able to work are made to work to clean the ruins away.
Lakeport had several brick buildings thrown down and the rest cracked and all the big windows smashed and all the chimneys in town including ours were down in a shower of bricks. This house rocked like a ship in a storm bricks fell like rain the noise was like an immense log had struck the house. I hope you didn't have any of those shakes for they might make you sick.
Lakeport is still above ground but I have myt doubts if it then will stay so unless it quits shaking.
I tore this paper by accident. Thank you ever so much for that soapstone. I will pay you the postage on it if you will tell me how much it was. I will get that poem if Mrs. H hasn't lost it and send it to you. I hope you will come down and see us some time after these earchquakes stop. My writings bum but maybe you will forgive me this time. I have so many troubles. Mother is real well but just as helpless as ever. She sends her love to you she often talks about you & Amos. We heard you were married again.
I wrote you a long letter before but must have sent it to the wrong address.
Your loving friend
Letter from Mary F. Layman to her brother
Lakeport, Lake Co, Cal.
May 19th 1881
This evening I seat myself down with the intention of answering your last letter. It is now half past nine and all in bed but myself. I am sitting in your room by Major's bed and he is awake. He says the mosquitoes are so plenty that he can not sleep, his pillow is on top of his head. Lately Uncle has got considerable honey out of one of the bee-hives he got stung in his eyeball, ma put on soda and it did not get sore. He hived a swarm on the small walnut tree today but did not get stung. The last few days Father and Uncle have been scytheing a little hay. There will be a "Working Men's Society" picnic Saturday, Miss Lilly Martin Reader of day! They have a polatform at the picnic ground upon which the young folks will dance. We all had a very good time on Mayday at the picnic Millie went with us. I suppose she will go with us again, Saturday, if everything is well. We have had messes of strawberries but now the vines are not fresh-looking as they were because we do not water them. So, you went to the Kelsey picnic. Heh. And had a girl. What was her name? Mary Crawford told me so. Have you been to any parties in the hails-hills. Mrs. Sotterbeck has a little dutch-girl. I wanted to go with pa to see you very much but he told me he thought he would stay all-night. Dates wants to come and stay with you. Major did not like it much when you did not say for him to come and stay. When will your school be out? About a month ago Mrs. Ross' sister came from the city San Leandra. Tomorrow morning Mrs. Ross and family and sister will leave on the stage for that place. They are staying over night with Mrs. Slotter tonight. Yesterday Mr. Mathews was driving two cows to his pasture and his horse accidentily stepped into a badger hole and fell, falling partly upon Mr. bruising his leg and side, he is tolerable lame now. Last week I got a letter from Lucy Burton. Mr. Burton's family live at snelling but Lucy is staying at Plainsburg at Mrs. Addie Foot's formerly Carpenter.
Duzy already eats candy, and sits up and plays with paper. About three days ago pa went to Grandma Christie's and got your scarf home. Major went to sleep before I had scarcely started to write, so he did not tell me what to write. The weather is quite warm at present. Our school lately taken two trips to Uncle Sam, one last Saturday. I didn't go either time. I want to go out and visit your school sometime if Father will take me. We are all well, but somewhat tired. I will send letters from Uncle Jake and Joe to you with this one. Our love to you.
Mary F. Layman.
Please write soon. A kiss from Duzy
Last Updated 08/13/2013
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