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. Annie M. Fall, Hayes.
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.

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. 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 20 miles from her home in Farmington, NH. Her older sister Phebe Fall (later Cate), 1837-1917, also plays a role in the diaries, and an article about the two Hayes sisters' dressmaking skills examines the surviving examples of it, which are currently in the Riverside Metropolitan Museum at University of CA, Riverside. (See "Clothes Make the Woman; Women Make the Clothes" by Nicole DeSilva and Molly McGarry, UCR Undergraduate Research Journal, June, 2014.) // Phebe married John Cate, a Union soldier, in the early 1860s, moved to Wakefield, MA, near Boston, and there her husband opened a fabric store in 1870. Annie, meanwhile, remained in Farmington, married local resident Orrin Tenny Fall, and had two children, Henry Clinton Fall and Kate Fall (later Mrs. Carl Richmond). Henry (1862-1939) was a high school teacher of physics and math in Chicago, then later in Pomona and Pasadena, CA. His passion, however, was beetles, and he became the first California resident to make a significant study of the state's unique insects. As a coleopterist, his collection was one of the world's largest in private hands, numbering abut 250,000 specimens and inspirng generations of other scientists. There are relatively frequent diary entries noting Henry's trips to entomological conferences and reporting on the visitors who came to the houses where he lived with Annie to view his collection. // The diaries vary in size from 5" x 3" to 4" x 2 1/2", and all are bound wallet-stye. The first 30-50 pages are printed almanac-type material, followed by dated pages with spaces for two or three entries/page. The bindings are flexible leather or cloth in various colors, and all are written in Annie's legible hand in pencil. Some are only about a third full, others are almost completely used. The volumes have pages at the rear for accounts, addresses, etc., and many of them do list addresses of Annie's friends and some have a few financial notes. Some have gilt or marbled edges. Very Good. Item #041452

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