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Thomas Dickey 's Wife Drowns


Posted By: nancy dorwart (email)
Date: 12/16/2003 at 15:38:30

From Hiram Heaton's Scrapbook: Thomas Dickey who had been proprietor of the National Hotel at Fairfield, that stood where Ed Roth's dry goods house stands, went to CA and engaged in packing. Much of the mining country was impracticable to wagons and everything had to be packed in on the backs of mules. He succeeded well, although past 60 years of age and sent for his family to come to him. His family consisted of his wife, son and daughter name Adeline and her husband Ezra Drown, a young lawyer, and one child. They took passage from the isthmus and were entering the harbor in CA when unfortunately the pilot ran the ship on a reef near the shore. Young Dickey swam to the shore with his mother and Mr. Drown, after making his wife secure as he thought, until he could return for her, swam to the shore with the child, but before he could get back to his wife, she became exhausted and sank under the waves.


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