Sarobia: Sara’s Untimely Demise

The NY Times obituary of Sara Wetherill Logan, Robert R. Logan’s wife, listed her death as occurring after a brief illness, which seemed odd to me that any further explanation with regards to the cause of her demise was nowhere to be found. I asked Jack if he knew how Sara had died, but presumably he was too young at the time to know the answer; and questions like that just weren’t asked.

While researching Farley for previous posts, I ran across some info about Sara, which included her death certificate, stating she had succumbed to Intussusception of the intestines, which essentially is a condition where one section of the intestinal tract collapses, blocking further digestion. Left untreated results in death. She was ultimately cremated.

I absconded some old photos of Sara’s past while perusing the public-information Web site, and included them below:

While snooping around I was able to find fascinating old photos of Deborah, the Logans’ daughter, who met her abrupt death by reported suicide, found hung in the tunnels of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia after being committed.

For larger photos and captions, click on any of the images. Full-size pictures are available by clicking here.

While in Ventura, CA, Deborah met her future husband in 1920: Dr. George Starr White, a physician whose practice of alternative therapy attracted Sara Logan to him, who introduced her daughter to White, the future author of a 1929 publication entitled The Guiding Power or the Plan of the Universe: A Marvelous Revelation of Life After Death.

The couple married in 1922. Deborah was twenty-two. White was fifty-five, at least a decade older than Robert Logan, which reportedly infuriated the girl’s father.


Inquiry into the death of Dr. White’s previous wife, Ada Rossman White.

The doctor had been married previously, widowed under mysterious circumstances, according to the newspaper article as seen on the left.

His daughter, Marian, was five when White married Deborah, a year after the death of the child’s mother.  The girl’s new stepmother reportedly adopted the youngster.

Deborah lived with her family in Los Angeles until January of 1938, when the Logans were summoned to California regarding the well-being of their daughter.

Jack told me another story. He said Robert Logan had been so flabbergasted and outraged over the union, he sent agents out there to bring her back.

According to a biography of Deborah found at the previously mentioned Web site:

The Logans were abruptly called to California by a crisis in their daughter’s life. They got White to sign for Deborah’s admission to a private psychiatric hospital. She was brought home to Sarobia in Jan. 1938.

In Aug. 1938, her mother took her to Holland for a Camp Meeting after which she was reported to be much calmer. On Dec 3, Sara died at Sarobia after a short illness.

Deborah attempted suicide and was admitted to Friends Hospital in Phila. In Feb. 1939, still in Friends Hosp., she had a will made [naming Marian as her sole beneficiary].

On June 18 Deborah made a noose out of mattress ticking, went into a room in the basement tunnel connecting hospital sections where she hung herself.

I had wondered what happened to Deborah’s adopted daughter, the recipient of a $75,000 inheritance left originally by Sara in her will, an exorbitant amount of money at that time. Come to find out, Marian remained in Los Angeles until her death in 1994. She was seventy-six years old with no known heirs.

Dr. White died in LA in 1956.

Next up, some old photos of Robert R. Logan and the conclusion about Farley.




About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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