Category:  Journalism Photography | Posted: September 9, 2018

Daphne's father dropping her off on an Island

Father and me

by Daphne Oberon

It?s All Relative Contest Entry 
This is a scan of a very old slide, and is very difficult to work on; it has been updated several times. The last upload was digitally framed and some clean up done, but that is all. The girl's hair looks as it does because it has straw in it! (Various forms of proof that the following is a true story can easily be provided.)

A delusional World War Two veteran cruises by Espiritu Santo Island on the way to Cerralvo Island where he plans to drop his daughter off with horses, Burros, goats and cats to establish a ranch and prepare for World War Three. Due to earthquakes and droughts climaxed by trouble with the Mexican government, his daughter only ends up staying on the island for three years. After figuring out how to survive under extreme conditions, the girl grows to love the island, which for the most part gets her away from her troublesome parents. Nevertheless she nearly dies of thirst and hunger as do all the animals as well as a nine year old boy who her father left with her for over a year. Only four horses die in the end, three of which were heartlessly shot by American tourists hunting wild goats. The young boy now owns a successful insurance agency in Pasadena California. Although he says he remembers this chapter of his life in great detail, he never talks about his experiences because no one believes his stories about the three years he spent at an outward bound type of traveling "school" his parents sent him to. He did however, go on to work at the John Wayne Ranch and won the junior division of the 100 miles in a day Tevis Cup competition on an Arabian stallion. He credits the time he spent with his older girl companion and her horses on Cerralvo Island for both achievements. This rare historic photo was taken on the maiden voyage to establish her first fragile desert encampment, where initially, the young girl looked after her ailing psychic mother until swarms of wasps convinced her to decide to leave the island at the first opportunity! She did not return until her husband set her up like a psychic radio antenna in a screened in bunker on a high bluff which was nearly as hard to live in due to the howling winds. Not long after, the Mexican Government released the young girl's mother from her torment by kicking them both off the island! The young girl however, who having become accustomed to the island life after over three years, was sorry to leave...


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