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Vintage Lodi Morse family journal details overland trip in 1859

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Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am

In 1859, L. M. and Eva Morse were a young married couple with a toddler and a dream.

Like thousands of adventurous souls since the 1840s, the Morse family was hopeful for better fortunes in the frontier of California on the far western end of the continent. Little is known about their life in Illinois, but like many pioneers before them, the Morse family left their home, packed their belongings in a wagon and ventured out on the dangerous six-month trek to stake their futures on a fresh start.

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