Excerpt from Dominant Idea: Oration, Delivered Before the Society of California Pioneers, on the 32d Anniversary of the Admission of California, Sept., 9th, 1882
In accordance with the provisions Of the Constitution, the Society Of California Pioneers celebrated the Thirty-second Anniversary Of the Admission of California into the Union, on the above named date. The celebration, which took place at Laurel Grove, San Rafael, was largely attended by the members Of the Society and their friends. At half-past eleven, President washington bartlett called the Society to order from the stand which had been erected on the platform.
After some appropriate remarks by President bartlett, a prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Rev. Albert williams; which was followed by a poem, written by Miss grace A. Welsh, and read by E. O. F. Hastings, Esq. An oration was delivered by alfred wheeler, esq. And was followed by a pastoral by Dr. Washington ayer. After which a benediction by the Chaplain.
After the close Of the literaryr exercises the company indulged in a barbecue and in dancing. Everything passed off in the most satisfactory manner.
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