The Recollections of an Octogenarian
By Willis B. Newton


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Martha von Esmarch said:   March 16, 2014 11:55 am PST
Just checking in to see what's new, Trey. Good to hear from you yesterday. I will, of course, let you know of anything relevant we find.

Pat Serpilio said:   December 16, 2013 7:45 pm PST
Trey thank you for directing me to this fantastic story! I am a decedent of both the Kolbs and Hufstutlers and I was so surprised and excited to read about the lives of these hardy folks. I had never heard anything about them and now I am curious to find out more! Perhaps as more people know about this web page others will share their stories as well!

Martha von Esmarch said:   November 3, 2013 7:35 am PST
Fantastic, Trey! Thank you for doing this. Of course, I had read the manuscript previously, but this format -- and making it available to anyone with an interest -- is wonderful.

Darla Allison said:   October 4, 2013 5:32 pm PST
This is great, my gggg grandfather was Alfred Patton, we thought he had died in an Indian attack coming back from Calif. In the last few years we discovered he ended up in San Bernardino and died there and is buried just a few miles from where I live. This puts more pieces together, thank you so much

Susan Martin said:   September 10, 2013 4:04 pm PST
Thank-you for posting this. I am a member of the First Baptist Church of Downey of which John, Willis, and Charlotte Newton, Melvina and Margaret Cole, Ann Baker, and Olive Payett were founding members. We are celebrating our 145th anniversary this month and I was interested to learn who these people were. They were amazing people.

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