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Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (71 pages) contains brief diary entries and financial accounts by Nellie J. Cross of Orange, Massachusetts. Pages 1-49 consist of her travel diary, dated December 24, 1912-February 17, 1913. She and her husband Joseph traveled to California by railroad, passing through New York and the Midwest. She noted their daily activities in the Los Angeles area, which included trips to the city and its suburbs, most frequently Pasadena and Santa Ana. On January 1, 1913, the couple went to the Rose Parade. Nellie's "Aunt Vesta" often accompanied them on social outings, which included sightseeing and trips to the "motion pictures." On February 10, 1913, Nellie and Joseph Cross left California for a return trip through Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. They saw a funeral procession, the arrival of a group of Native Americans at El Paso, and African American houses in Louisiana and North Carolina. They arrived home on February 17, 1913.

The volume's remaining pages have addresses for residents of several states, primarily in the Northeast, and accounts between Nellie J. Cross and her brother, George A. Hill (pp. 70-71). In 1921, Hill borrowed money to purchase a car from the Stanley Motor Car Company, and Nellie recorded occasional notes about his repayments until around 1928.

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