239 Days in America

A Social Media Documentary following 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 1912

September 30, 1912
Salt Lake City, UT
Storify Feature

September 30, 1912: The Week Ahead

DURING THE PAST WEEK, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spent three days in Denver, Colorado, before continuing his train ride westward. After spending the night at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, amidst the spectacular mountain scenery and natural hot springs, he arrived in Salt Lake City at 2 p.m. yesterday. Today, he is attending the National Irrigation Congress at the Mormon Tabernacle, where he has been invited to sit on the speakers’ platform.

In the week ahead: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá travels to San Francisco. During the train ride, he writes an extensive letter to Agnes Parsons, addressing a wide range of economic issues. We’ll take a close look at the contents of this letter. We’ll also paint a portrait of San Francisco in 1912, and cover ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s meeting with the Mayor of Berkeley.


  • John Warner

    “The stout-hearted Thornton Chase, surnamed Thabit (Steadfast) by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and designated by Him ‘the first American believer,’ who became a convert to the Faith in 1894….”
    (Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 257)

    “Thornton Chase died on 30 September 1912 in Los Angeles, of complications following unsuccessful surgery.`Abdu’l Bahá was on a train en route to California at the time; He immediately changed his plans and went to Los Angeles to visit Chase’s grave. There he praised Chase’s qualities highly, instructed the Bahá’ís to hold a commemoration of Chase annually at his grave, and encouraged Bahá’ís to visit the gravesite. Researcher Robert Stockman considers Chase’s importance as an early North American Bahá’í thinker, publicist, administrator, and organizer is still underappreciated and that in many ways Chase’s death left a gap in the North American Bahá’í community that remained unfilled until the rise to prominence in the early 1920s of Horace Holley, the chief developer of Bahá’í organization in the United States and Canada.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton_Chase)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003295938534 Rob Sockett

      Thanks John for noting the passing of Thorton Chase on this day in 1912. We’ll be covering the life of Thorton Chase in a few of weeks when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visits his burial site in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for a three-part series.

  • http://twitter.com/MasterCopyWrite Karridine

    It is all too easy for us, TODAY, to think that the uniformed fire-fighters pictured here were quaint, or hokey, or ‘funny’ or old-fashioned… forgetting all too easily that TODAY is 100 years in the past, to those 100 years into our future, and WE can be viewed just as ‘quaint’ or ‘hokey’ as the people of ‘Abdu-l Baha’s day…

    “What we do now, echoes in eternity!” says Maximus the Gladiator… and we, too, can be mindful that our actions are under the full scrutiny of history, just as when God passes by, He does so under the full glare of history… we’re not ‘quaint’, we’re HERE, now… 😀

    …and here’s today’s podcast, now… http://bit.ly/TXXrhy