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"Jack" Swan

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: "Jack" Swan Reply with quote

John A. Swan, who came as a sailor on the Soledad from Mazatlan after 11 years of adventure as a sailor in many parts of the world, made two trips with Capt. Cooper on the schooner California in 1843-44, then quit the sea. He kept a little shop and sailor's boarding house at Monterey, which later became famous as California's first theatre. His name appeared from 1844 on Larkin's books and in other records; he made a trip to the gold mines in '48; went to Fraser River in '59-'63, again visited his native country, British Columbia, in '64 and '66, and from that time on resided in Monterey. In the later years down to '85 this kind hearted old sailor, 73 years old, burdened with poverty and deafness, lived in the old historic adobe, delighting in the old ruins that kept alive his dreamy recollections of the past; and occasionally, with "pioneer of '43" plainly inscribed as credentials on his hat band, he made trips to San Jose and San Francisco to look after the constantly lessening band of his old-time acquaintances.
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