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Van Wormer, Clara G.
[DIARY OF CLARA G. VAN WORMER, A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WOMAN WHO WORKED FOR FAMED HORTICULTURALIST LUTHER BURBANK IN THE EARLY 20th CENTURY, AND WHO RECORDS A TRIP TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST]
[Santa Rosa and San Francisco, Ca, 1915. [43]pp., in a ruled notebook, plus two small photographs. 12mo. Limp black textured split-grain leather, a.e.g. Covers well-worn, with some loss to extremities, binding still strong. Internally near fine. Very good overall. This is the diary of Clara Van Wormer, a young woman in the San Francisco Bay area in the early 20th century. Clara G. Van Wormer (1889-1983) was born in West Salem, Wisconsin. Her father, Clement Van Wormer, was an attorney and real estate agent, and around 1902 the family moved to Santa Rosa. The Van Wormers knew Luther Burbank, and Clement introduced his daughter to him. Clara begins her diary by noting her first visits to San Francisco (starting March 17, 1907), and then includes a brief self- chronology: "Graduated from High School Christmas 1909. Got diploma Business College, June 1910. Began working for Mr. Burbank on October 24, 1910. Pauline worked there until October 8, 1911. Then I took her place." Pauline Olsen was secretary to Luther Burbank until 1908; she returned later as bookkeeper, and until 1911 she was in charge of Burbank's Information Bureau at his private research center in Santa Rosa. Then follows an account of an extended trip to Washington state with her sister Charlotte to visit friends and family. Starting on June 23, 1909, they take a sleeper car, which "is heaps better than traveling tourist. Had a great time climbing up into our upper berth." After about ten days in Everett, they headed to Seattle, where their first stop was the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and then lu … [Click Below for Full Description]
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