Santa Cruz County History - Disasters & Calamities

Voices of the Heart: Memorial Poems from the Diphtheria Epidemic of 1876-78
by Phil Reader

(Compiled by, and with an introduction)

Photo of the Monument to Cora Drew
Monument to Cora Drew
Watsonville Pioneer Cemetery

To the memory of Miss Cora E. Drew (1864-1877)

I first met Cora on a dark, rainy night during the month of December, 1992, when her name jumped out at me from a microfilmed page of the April 26, 1877 issue of the old Watsonville Pajaronian. It was affixed to the bottom of an eleven stanza poem, the words of which inspired me to begin this collection.


Published by Cliffside Publishing, 1993. Copyright 1993 Phil Reader. Text and photographs reproduced with the permission of Phil Reader.

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