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Leon Ponce
Leon Ponce of Tuolumne, California sings an old forty-niner song

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"The Days of Forty-Nine," an old Gold Rush song

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Pioneer Life in Sacramento
November 25, 1849

Buck described for Mary the growing town of Sacramento City, consisting of "more than 800 framed buildings, besides the tents." The California weather, he told her, was great. "Today is Sunday. Gloomy November, probably, with you, but here the weather is splendid, not cold enough to need a fire." Despite his enthusiasm, Buck could not conceal his homesickness, and how he missed his family. "I should like to be at home on Thanksgiving Day. I suppose you have had or will have one about this time. (Bake me a turnover!) Be sure and write me all about it. I look forward with great pleasure to spending a Thanksgiving with all the family once more in my life." Have you ever felt homesick? If you were a forty-niner, would you have felt like Franklin Buck?
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CREDIT: “Leon Ponce, half-length portrait, photograph,” 1939. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Call Number AFC 1940/001: P037.
AUDIO CREDIT: Ponce, Leon, performer. “The Days of forty nine,” 1939. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Call Number AFC 1940/001: AFS 3365 A2.