The story of Nathaniel McHorney's 1901 trip to Ecuador.

March 5th, 1901

The page for Tuesday, March 5th says:

At office 5:45 A.M. Boy all O.K.
Sun is hot at 8 A.M.
Will finish pay roll to-day.
Feeling much happier. Thank God.
Mr. D.C. Stapleton off at 7 A.M. for
Sapayo Grande. Returns at 5:30 P.M.
Get time sheets for Feb 17-28. Think of
it, trying to get reports ready.
Raining very fast since 4 p.m.
Boy shows a little bit of his sickness
Some say Chocolate the cause.
An very thankful for my answer to my
Playing pinochle at night.
Rain 1 50/100 inches for the past 24 hours.

Donny may now be at Esmeraldas, if so,
probably here end of this week.

Alone at office most of the time.

Doing work I never done before.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) 

Questions and comments:

  • In the past, I have spelled that mine as “Sapajo Grande.” This time the letter is clearly a ‘y’. There are various hits for Sapayo Grande in Google, and they are all about the same place. Google Maps, on the other hand, calls it “Zapallo Grande” but shows it in the same place, about 10 miles WSW of Playa de Oro. If that’s the right place, (and the camp is actually in P de O, which I’m not sure of) then D.C. Stapleton made great time getting there and back in a day.
  • Esmeraldas is a port city in Ecuador. The boats from Panama land in Esmeraldas, then other boats bring people back north to the river mouth at La Tola, then upriver to the camp.

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