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Fall, Annie M (Hayes, 1845-1919
GROUP OF NINE (9) HANDWRITTEN DIARIES, 1876-1913. SHOWING HOW A WIDOW MANAGES ON HER OWN BY SEWING, RUNNING BOARDING HOUSES, RAISING POULTRY, &C. FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND ON TO POMONA AND PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
1876. Original manuscript. Hardcover. Very Good. These 9 diaries, written by Annie M. Hayes Fall, document how a widow manages on her own with her son and daughter, moving from a farm in Farmington, NH to homes in Pomona and then Pasadena CA.Her sources of income include renting rooms to boarders, raising and selling poultry, and at one point selling 700 pounds of prunes, but sewing is also a constant force in the diaries, as she details the work she does either for herself and her family or for neighbors. Her son lives with her throughout the diaries and as a teacher, he must also contribute to the household expenses. She is also careful in recording the many afternoon, evening, and even longer visits or calls made to her and her own frequent calls on friends. In addition to personal details, the diaries offer a window onto daily life in early 20th-century California, mentioning major sand storms and flooding problems, which in 1912 are severe enough for her to take her chickens into the house several times in March and April. The diaries also document such events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, sightings of Halley's Comet, a trip to see the 1280-pound "big cheese", and a 1910 trip to Long Beach to "see the Flying Machines." There are also details on three cross-country (California to Boston and back) train trips. National events are also mentioned, including a vist to L.A. by Pres. McKinley, a local speech given by (presumably Robert) LaFollette, and Annie and Henry casting votes for Roosevelt in 1912. // Annie was educated at Wolfboro Academy in the 1850s, about … [Click Below for Full Description]
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