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

April 25th, 1901

The page for Thursday, April 25th says:

At office 6 A.M.
Meisner comes from Sajado.
Tells me of Mother Green National City near
Dulzura. Also, Brooklyn Hotel for rooms.
Commercial Hotel for reasonable board.
Leaves with Mr. Stapleton to-day.
Mr. D.C. Stapleton comes down from mine.
Not a word about clean-up. Strange, I
fancy it is not good. Work until 8 p.m.
He comes to my desk - says good-bye - my
tip not to bother him by coming over to
see him off at 4 A.M. tomorrow. Tells me
not to lock office door - he may have to come
over from his house during the night.
I fancy he is going to take the gold down,
and does it in this quiet manner.
Will it does set one thinking !!
Learn that canoes do not show up for
to carry down Mr. Meisner. Nothing
can be depended on in this country.
Gerald now living in General Manager's
house. My usual recourse. Prayer.
Send letter to Harry.
Get orders to make pay roll for the 
laborers up to April 1st. $190 !
Mr. D.C. Stapleton to be gone 3 weeks.
Little sleep.

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Questions and comments:

  • Two nights in a row of little sleep.
  • I couldn’t find a reference to “Mother Green” in National City.
  • More evidence that Nathaniel’s move to California was hatched before he went to Ecuador. There’s only one “Dulzura” that I know of, and that’s in East San Diego county.
  • Family lore has said that Nathaniel left Ecuador, came to San Diego (involuntarily), liked it, went back to New York, married Anna Lauterbach, and then moved his new bride (and large chunks of her family) to San Diego. Based on this diary, that appears not to be the case.  It appears that Anna Lauterbach went to CA before Nathaniel left for Ecuador (since he talks about how long his letters to her will take to get to Dulzura). My records (which are not definitive) say that Nathaniel and Anna were married on November 7th 1901, at St. Patrick’s in New Jersey.

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