Victor Harles papers  1916-1919 (bulk 1918-1919)
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   Container / Location    Title
Box   17, Small Collections  
Clara Gayer letters [series]:
Folders   12-13  
  1911 December 4 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (6 pages)
Gayer's voyage to Panama included legs on five different boats and a stop in Jamaica. Description of young neighborhood children, Gayer's social activities, and the weather in the Panama Canal Zone. Gayer learned some Spanish while traveling to Panama.
 
  1911 December 19 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (5 pages)
Mentions various local residents, including United States Army personnel from West Point. Description of Gayer's quarters and her positive opinion of life in the tropics. Plans for Gatun's Christmas celebrations.
 
  1912 January 10 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (8 pages)
Description of Spanish lessons from a Cuban tutor and request for news from Akron. Complaint about roaches making holes in a dress. Comments on the prices of chicken and oranges. List of magazines Gayer reads.
 
  1912 January 12 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (7 pages)
Social activities include luncheons and informal calls. Gayer's desire to remain in the tropics and find a job. Discussion of Gayer's neighbors, English missionaries who had formerly lived in Costa Rica.
 
  1912 January 16 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (7 pages)
Gayer's intention to travel to Colón to have her spectacles repaired. More difficulties with roaches. Complaint about female Jamaican beggars. Progress in Spanish lessons and possibility of finding a job as an interpreter in an American harbor. Description of local plants.
 
  1912 January 19 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Jacob M. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (4 pages)
Description of anteater and a visit to the "depot." German tourists. Desire to find employment and discussion of the local job market for teachers. Undated letter to Mary E. Gayer in same envelope about Spanish lessons and roach problems.
 
  1912 February 1 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (8 pages)
Discussion of teachers and pay rates. Plans to visit Colón with Jake. William Jennings Bryan is "nice," but Gayer would not vote for him.
 
  1912 February 6 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (4 pages)
Discovery of man who had been lost in the jungle. Negative opinion of female I. C. C. employees. Desire to avoid tourists.
 
  1912 February 9-12 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Panama Gatun, Canal Zone. (10 pages)
Destruction of hibiscus tree by Mary Lee, a young girl. Jake's advice to remain in the Canal Zone until March due to ocean patterns. Spanish lessons. Story of a female reporter who encountered a man during a visit to the bachelor quarters where Jake lives. Finances. Intent to stay in the Canal Zone if work is available. Description of the scenery from her lodgings.
 
  1912 February 15 . Clara L. Gayer ALS to Mary E. Gayer; Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. (3 pages)
Visit to Colón with Jake to inquire about passage to the United States. Rates too high on most ships. Intent to sail on Ancon in late February . Description of the Ancon.