Robert Baird papers  1943
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Geo. F. Mahoney journal (65 pages) pertains to Mahoney's travels around the western United States from January 1, 1930-December 31, 1932. Mahoney regularly reported the names of cities or towns visited, miles traveled, and abbreviated names of railroad lines. Some entries include brief notes about Mahoney's experiences. The journal records several instances when Mahoney paid to travel by bus; presence in the same towns as famous figures such as Calvin Coolidge, Jack Dempsey, and Maurice Bellonte; and visits to landmarks or other places of interest. Mahoney commented on some strangers' or towns' level of generosity, complained that the city of Wichita, Kansas, did not tolerate outsiders (May 14, 1931), and occasionally reported encounters with police officers (who frequently objected to Mahoney's efforts to sell pencils) and railroad agents, who attempted to keep unauthorized riders off of trains. Entries throughout the book refer to individuals' inability to determine whether Mahoney was a man or a woman; the journal does not definitively settle the question.

The volume also has a 4.5-page letter to Mrs. Leon D. Stowell of Clifton Springs, New York, to whom this copy of the journal was sent. Mahoney expressed condolences for the death of Annie Johnson Flint and again referred to others' confusion over his or her gender.

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