Sunday, July 4, 2010

John Hamilton Morgan, the Groesbecks, visit cousins Cobb in Florida. 1885.

In 1885, January 25, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Southern States Mission Headquarters, John Morgan wrote: At 9:40 p.m. Henry Dinwoody [1825-1905], N. H. [brother-in-law, Nicholas Harmon] Groesbeck, [brother-in-law] Jno. Groesbeck, and his two boys [presumably John Amberson 1872-1930, Frank Bringhurst 1873-1951] arrived from Cincinnati. ... John Morgan showed his visitors the local sites and they made ready for a trip South.

from John Hamilton Morgan Journal, Specdial Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah.
January 30
After breakfast came down to the R.R. and waited about one hour for the train which proved to be a terribly slow one, the engine gave out and we had to change at Cochrane, reaching Jessup four hours late or about 7 p.m. Had one of the worst suppers I ever ate. Took sleeper from this point in and left Jessup in a heavy rain.

January 31
Arrived at Jacksonville, Fla. At about 7:30 a.m. and went to the Grand View House. Raining considerably during the morning. At noon cleared off and was warm. We visited the principal point’s of interest about the city, including the vegetable and fish markets, public, and business street, museum, etc. Crossed over the river and visited Ex-Gov. Reid’s orange orchard eating oranges that we picked ourselves. Very many northern people here for the winter. Flowers are in bloom, oranges hang on the trees, on the side-walks, and in almost every yard.

Florida Capitol, 1845, from Wikipedia

February 1
Took train at 9 a.m. for St. Augustine arriving there at 10:20. It is the oldest city in America, inhabited by Europeans. Here Ponce de Leon landed. In 1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed and took possession in the name of the Spanish King. Many old buildings are still standing, erected 300 years ago, of a conglomerate called Coquina composed of sea shells and land. During the day we visited the Atlantic Beach and gathered some shells. Crossed the Mantauzas River in a sail boat. Attended U. S. Military Dress Parade. Visited some orange groves, the old Fort San Marco, the cathedral, Plaza, City Gates, etc. N. H. G., H. D., and myself remained all night at the Cleveland House.

St. Augustine, Florida, from Wikipedia

February 2
Crossed the River on a sail boat and took wooden trainway street car and rode to the Light House which ascended it being 164 feet high, where we had a splendid view of the coast. Returning to the city, we had dinner in the old Court House and at 3:30 p.m. took train for Jacksonville, arriving at 5 p.m.

February 3
At 7:35 a.m. took train over the Florida Central and Western Ry., one of the roughest roads I ever traveled over arriving at Tallahassee at 4:30 p.m. and put up at the St. James. Called down and saw cousins Rice and Hack Cobb, who are running a Livery Stable here. Had a pleasant little chat with them and attended the session of the Senate during the evening. Quite a number of negro members.

Bridge Lions, Matanzas River, from Wikipedia

St. James Hotel, Tallahassee, Florida,
from Wikipedia

February 4
Took a walk with brother Dinwoody and at 10 a.m. Hack furnished us a carriage and driver and drove us over the city. We visited all the prominent points, including College and colored Public School and had dinner with cousin Rice Cobb and at 2:40 took train for New Orleans, arriving at River Junction at 5 p.m. where we took sleeper for New Orleans. During the night the train jumped the track, nearly all going off but one car. Did not get on again until after daylight.

February 5
Arrived in New Orleans at 2:30 p.m. On the train between Mobile and N. O. met Olivery Shelby, of Ind. Stopped at 76th St. Charles Street, Slept in the hardest bed I ever found.

February 6

After breakfast walked out on the street and met a number of Salt Lake people. Rode [sic] street car out to Exposition. Visited a number of different departments and spent a pleasant day. The Exposition is simply immense in every way.

St. Augustine, Florida, from the Light House,
from Wikipedia

An earlier reference to cousin Cobb is found here.

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