I got a package yesterday...but didn't notice it tucked into my office until this morning. It was from Suki, who had written to me that she was sending this package of postcards from her brothers collection.
It's more than postcards really. It's a postcard journal of a trip out west of a Mrs. Stearn and Miss C.W. Batcheller. Don't you wonder what their relationship was? Aunt and Niece? Old lady and companion? Sisters? How I would love to know! I'll show you at the end of this post how I know their names. (and my ideas on their relationship...don't get excited, it's pretty tame!)
This is one of the first cards with (I assume) Carrie Wood Batcheller's writing.
Mrs. Milly George Stearns is our "matron"
Miss Carrie Wood Batcheller is our younger lady.
( How about Mrs. Truxtun Beale with her maid - hoity-toity!)
Carrie and Milly went thru the Panama Canal to get to Los Angeles. I think this was fairly adventurous for the time. The Panama Canal opened January 7th, 1914 - just one year before these two went thru on the Kroonland.
Then they arrived in LA and started sightseeing in the city...by Automobile as written below.
I like to think that this is a photo of the two ladies, with companions that they met on the trail to Mt. Lowe
Typical 1915 view of LA street scenes?
Then it appears that they went to San Diego after two weeks (and four days) in LA. There is no note about how they got there, I love to think of them driving down the coast.
Note the Steamship on the horizon.
This Hotel looks the same today as it did in 1915.
It appears that they went to the Panama-California exposition of 1915 which was such a successful expo that it was extended thru 1917. The point of the expo was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and to "put San Diego on the map" especially after the "wall street panic of 1907".
I guess it worked!
Then they started traveling up the coast. I don't know exactly how, I'm assuming they didn't drive, but who knows.
There are a few Santa Barbara photos and postcards. The usual serene views, with few people and fewer cars.
They made it to San Francisco - this hint of GG park is for Robin, who loves that park.
They apparently took a ferry to Oakland where they visited a beautiful hotel "situated in the midst of most unattractive surroundings"
From San Francisco they boarded a Railway to travel to Oregon, Lake Louise, Banff and then thru Toronto and Montreal home to Boston.
I know their names from their return itinerary - from San Francisco way back to Boston via western cities and scenic destinations. 6 weeks of travel back...for $247.20
To me it's so much fun to read these little stories, and think about who these people where, what they did and how they got about. They left home on May 22, 1915 and got back to Boston on September 1st, 1915. Three and 1/2 months of traveling - who could do that now? Then again, 6 weeks of that was on a boat out to the coast and another 5 weeks back by train, with sightseeing along the way.
I have found out - thru quick research - that Carrie Wood B was born in 1867 and was a Music Teacher in Providence, RI. Maybe she had the summer off from school to travel. She went to France in 1924, I'm not sure for how long...that's for another story. A census when she was 15 has her listed as "step-daughter". I can't find anything on Milly - so I'm making up the story that Milly was a widow, with Carrie her daughter. Milly was widowed, and Carrie had to teach music to help support her mother. Milly herself did dressmaking. Later on in life, Milly married George Stearns, who was a successful shop owner who could afford to send his wife and stepdaughter for a jaunt out to the West Coast.
This was such a delightful present - thank you Suki - I love it!