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Elizabeth S. Nellis' Diary

Elizabeth S. Nellis
Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

July 3. 1908
Started from Los Angeles on the Santa Fe at 10 A.M. for Chicago going north to San Bernardino then east through a desert region with mountains in sight nearly all the way, and miles of barren desert. The air was very warm, feeling as it would from a fire. Wherever there is a stream of water vegetation was visiable [sic]. The night of July 3rd became cool toward morning so that a woolen blanket was comfortable. The first thing I saw on the morning of July 4th was huge rocks some of which we passed through. The first town was Williams Arizona where we saw green grass and potatoes. Then came Flagstaff which seemed to be a nice town, with many buildings mostly small. At one place the Fourth was being celebrated in the way of fire crackers and torpedoes. We saw many Indian men and women dressed in blankets to keep out the heat I suppose. The scenery through Arizona and New Mexico is wonderful with its rocks and mountains and deserts. The grain fields in Kansas we were glad to see. We arrived in Chicago on time about noon of July 6th making the journey in three days and three nights. We found Nellie there waiting for us. After a few days Will and I went to Sheb. Falls, where we staid [sic] until the 28th, then came to Chicago ready for another journey.

From Chicago to Boston.
Nellie and I started July 30th in a tourist car where we rode one day and night, arriving in Buffalo at 5 A.M. We took a stop over leave(?) to visit Niagara Falls of 24 hours. We found breakfast in a temperance hotel, but thought it too near the car lines for a room at night, so engaged another. We paid .50 apiece and had a quiet room.

Friday we spent at Niagara, took the belt line route, and rode on the Canadian side first, stopping at places of interest along the way. Then took a lower road along the river on the American side. The fair os $1.00. We sat in Prospect Park ate our lunch, then enjoyed looking at water.

The Falls was beautiful looked at its various points, but we enjoyed best a shady seat in view of the upper Falls and bridge leading to Goat Island, and watching the rapids.

Sat. Morn we ate breakfast in the Dining car. Nellie spent .30 and I .45. I had cakes with maple syrup, rolls and coffee. Our ride through N.Y. and Mass. was pleasant but hot and dusty. The Berkshire Hills and the Hoosaic Tunnel are worthy of mention. It takes about 8 mins to go through the tunnel.

We reached Boston about 7 P.M. I found a restaurant where they served chicken pie, bread and tea for .25. We arrived in Wellesley about 8,30, found Nellie's cousins pleasant and good women.

Mon. Morn. Mrs. Gillette took us around the college grounds consisting of 300 acres on which are scattered many buildings. There is a nice lake and many kinds of trees on the grounds besides plants and flowers.
This is a girls school, with an attendance of 1000 to 1300. They secure rooms in the vicinity going out to their meals. The girls have what they call a swallow dance in a barn. We started again Mon. Morn. For Boston, found a hotel near the state house where we left our baggage and went out to see the city. We were persuaded to see Boston with a guide in two trips, taking one the first Afternoon. We were shown many places of interest of which the following is a sample. The longest street which is 40 miles. The shortest 28 feet. (narrowest rather)

Where there are many religious buildings Tremont Temple Park Street Church Congregational house The king's chapel & others is called Holy Aere or Square. We went into the State house saw memorial hall, and the house of represenitives [sic], with its beautiful windows statues &c(?). The Court House, Boston Commons Milk street Water St. Brimstone St.

The State house is on Beacon St. The gilding of the dome of the State house cost $4000.

There is an underground passage for storing many tons of coal.

The toilets on Boston Commons are underground passage ways. We took a ride of 5 miles on an elevated train starting underground through the subway 1 miles.

We came into Boston, at North Station, but took surface car to South Station for Wellesley Tuesday Afternoon Aug. 4. We took and electric car at Scollay after many inquiries and started Amesbury. The distance is 40 miles. We changed cars twice and paid a .05 fare 11 times.

We arrived at Cousin Perry's in good season enjoyed our visit of a week. Aug. 6. it rained all day. Aug. 7. We all went to Salisbury Beach where we staid an hour, then we went to Hampton. Rode over the longest wooden bridge in the world. Soon after getting there a shower came up and it rained continuously three hours and all we could do was to sit in the Casino watch the rain and waves from a distance. We arrived home about 6, as the rain stopped for a little while.

Sat. Aug. 8.
We took a carriage ride along the Merrimac river, tried to call on Thirza Sargent Fowler at West New Berry port, but did not find her at home.

We drove next to the home farm where we staid to supper.

The family consists of the following people.

Rebecka Sargent = widow
John Sargent = Baby their son
Nellie his wife and, Bernard Bexby Sargent.
Sons of Rebecka and Charles S.

Aug. 9. Perry, Sallie and I went quite a distance to attend services at the Rocky Hill Meeting house. Mr. Elliott the M.E. Minister preached. This church is very ancient with its large square uncushioned and unpainted pews with a door which fastened us in. and the high pulpit and sounding board, up 11 stairs through a door, which also hooked inside. They say there were two stools for the minister to stand on while preaching, A low and high one to suit the hight[sic] of the man. This church was built in 1785. Each window has 32 panes of glass, and there are 1545 panes of glass in this church. There is no chimney. Services are not held during cold weather.

On the way we went into a house where my great great great Grandfather lived.

On entering we noticed a very low ceiling which was peculiar and was shown the bake ovens non of them are in use. The house is well kept.

At Amesbury we saw Whittier's birth place, the house where he lived 50 or more years. Saw several old relics, sat on his couch and in a rocking chair, saw his fire places and many other things. At the cemetery saw his burial place, as they were quakers the head stones were plain, but surrounded by a cedar hedge. Sallie gave one a picture of the church where he attended. The Friends church.

Tuesday Aug. 11.
All of us went to Salisbury beach then took a car for Black Rock where we waited for a steam boat that would take us to Haverill, A distance of 40 miles on the Merrimac river for which we paid .25 for the round trip. We ate clam chowder for dinner. On our return we sat on Salisbury beach watching the waves until a shower came up. It cleared after awhile so we reached home before dark.

Wed. Morn. Aug. 12 started for Penacook Nellie and I journeyed together as far as Haverill. Then we separated I taking the train for Penacook where I made two changes, and she going to Hampden to visit Miss Bartlett.

I found Aunt Lauraette waiting for me at the appointed time and we rode one mile to her home. On the way, she introduced me to Martha Hayward's husband who works in a grist mill. Found Uncle Ai, his sister Miss Mary Ann Smith, Mr. Sanborn his son in law and Clarence his grandson. After dinner we called on Aunt Emma, and her two daughters Martha and Libbie in their home. Going through town we saw George Harvy Colby, he works in an express office, then we drove over to see Uncle John and Sarah Colby. They live at North Concord. Aunt Lauraette tried to telephone to Emma Trumbul to meet us the next afternoon at Hill, which they succeeded to do the next morn. and we went to Hill. Emma was there to meet us and we staid over night. On the way we meat John Quimby, and the next Morn. he brought his wife and 4 children to see us. After dinner Emma took us to see Addie on the way to the depot. Hill is rightly named as there are numerous hills, which resemble mountains. Addie is small but a bright woman with snappy black eyes.

Her daughter Laura is in High School and her standing last year in all studies was A. and no absent or tardy marks. A cat with a thumb or double paw was shown by Guerney and wondered at. Bob tailed cats were a curiousity at the Trumbels. Georia beats us all for post card as she has 3 full and wants another this time it must hold 400 her Mother says. G. plays nicely on the violin. We reached Aunt Lauraette's in time for supper Fri. Afternoon. Sat. Afternoon I called on Uncle John and Sarah.

Sunday I spent at home reading one of Percy's books by Algier Driven(?) from home.

Mon. fore noon it rained fortunately by noon it nearly ceased to that when we, Uncle Ai and I started for Concord with horse buggy with big umbrella, it only misted and we didn't get much wet. I met Nellie there and Uncle Ai the party from the beach and took in their baggage. The women folks taking a car. At the ap[pointed time Nellie and I took the stage for Hopkinton where we met Mr. Dodge, who took us to his place twon miles from there and opposite Nellie's old home. We staid one day and two nights and enjoyed black berry picking walking over pasture land, up hills and down, over stony ground and cultivated fields, but the bears nest couldn't be found. On our return from Hopkinton we went to Plymouth to visit Martha Hazelton. We found her at the depot waiting for us and she took us to her rooms in an upper flat in her own house. I remained there town nights, then started for Penacook. On the way I stopped at Lake Port and visited Cousin Jenni Colby Crane, had a nice visit with her and the three youngest children. The two older ones were helping in some summer resort near by.

After awhile I took the train and stopped at Tilton to visit Cousin Lauraette Tyler. Found her waiting for me and we needed no introduction. She has a pleasant home but is left alone, so I thought best to stay there over Sun. Sat. Morn. it rained and it was damp the remainder of the day. John Quimby, wife and son Ai started from their home before the rain began and so were out in the most of it. They ate dinner with us. Afterward went to a near by town to visit friends and remain over night. They brought blackberries and apples. Sun. I went to the Congregational Church with Laura, in the evening enjoyed a sing, each doing our best, but we were glad we had no audience.

Mon. Morn. I again started for Penacook by the way of Concord arrived at Aunt Lauraette's in time for dinner. Saw Abbie and Genella for the first time, also Percy. After supper Abbie and Genella took me to Aunt Emma's where I staid until Friday Morn.

One afternoon Libbie and I took a walk to the cemetery and saw the resting place of the most of our relatives who have gone before.

Wed. it rained nearly all day but at 3 P.M. we started for Concord to visit our cousins who live there. I met Cousin Louisa at Emma's . After a little visit she went home, and we Libbie and I called on her and staid to supper. While there shook hands with Walter and called on Charles Hayward and his family. Their two small boys played nicely for us on the piano. We came back to Emma's and staid over night visited with Mr. Wight and thought nice. Louisa's husband and daughter were also nice.

Three of Aunt Emma's children married Haywards but were no relation. Martha Louisa for her first husband and Walter. Louisa's daughter is Clara Hayward.

Thurs. Morn. we took the car for Suncook to visit Cousin George Harvey Colby where we staid to dinner. Met his wife's mother a Mrs. Fife. After dinner George Harvey took us to Pembroke to call on Walter Hayward's family, and to see his brother's Jerry (? 1st letter is smudged) and Walter Colby. Neither of their wives were home, but was glad to see the cousins and where they lived. I saw where Nellie's two cousins live, and met one of them a Miss Staniels.

Also drove up to the Sanatarium for Consumptives.

In good time we returned to Penacook and to Aunt Emma's in time for supper.

Fri. Morn. I walked over to Aunt Lauraette's and Abbie took me to visit Aunt Mary Colby and Cousin Grace Farnam. Aunt Mary is quite tall and fleshy. Grace is tall and quite slender, and very interesting in her bearing and conversation. Her son Lawrence a boy of 14 entertained us very nicely while his Mother and Grandma were preparing dinner. He seems to be a good scholar and fond of music, for which his mother is justly proud. They live in East Concord and Aunt Mary took us for a walk and showed us something of the place.

On the way going and coming we stopped at the Sanborn farm where Clarence lives.

Sat. Morn. I started for Manchester where I met Nellie about 9-30 o'clock and we journeyed together by the electrics to Boston.

The first part of my ride was cold, and on reaching Concord where I waited for a car, I met a woman from Tilton who looked just as cold as I, and as misery likes company, we had some pleasure in shivering together. Our next car was fortunately a closed one and we chose the sunshiney side, which soon set us all right, and we remained comfortable the remainder of the day.

We reached Boston in safety, found our hotel The Commonwealth, left our baggage, and sauntered out to see the city. As it was Sat. afternoon the large stores were closed, but we enjoyed what we could see in windows. We searched a while for a place to purchase lemons for drink, to go with our lunch at the hotel. We took another stroll in the evening, went as far as the public gardens but didn't see much and it was too cool to sit long, so returned to our room quite willing to retire early. We both agreed that Sun. Morn. there would be no need of getting up early and would sleep as long as possible. At 8 o'clock we were ready for breakfast, which we found at a restaurant near, as it happened we wer the first ones there but they begin serving at 8, so soon began eating a Sun. Morn. breakfast which consisted of oatmeal, coffee, Boston baked beans and brown bread, fish balls and doughnuts. After preparing for church with suitcases grips bags &c(?) we started out to take in a prayer meeting at 9-30 and a part of the preaching service at Tremont Temple, but not feeling equal to such an undertaking with our baggage. I chose to remain on the Commons, and watch the crowd passing continually. I persuaded Nellie to leave me and go unencumbered to the Park Street Church near by.

Before 12 M. we began looking for a way to our train which left at 12,30. We entered the Northbound subway and took a car which took us to the South depot. At the proper time we started homeward and reached Chicago about 5 P.M. making the journey in about 36 hours. We changed cars at Buffalo at 2 A.M. did not take a sleeper, but managed to sleep some without. The journey was very warm and dusty. At Detroit the train was put on transports and ferried across the river. We were allowed to stand on the boat and enjoy the scenery. We arrived in Chicago on time feeling a little tired from our warm dusty journey.

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Books I have read since 1911
1. Freckels
2. The Girl of the Limberlost
3. Seven Oaks. Sevenoakes
4. Odd Gentlemen
5. Dombery and Son
6. Our Muteral Friend
7. The Calling of Dan Mathew
8. Aunt Jane of Kentucky
9. The Masquerader
10. The Memmonite Maid
11. Affairs at the Inn
12. Lion and the Mouse
13. Miss Gibbie Gault
14. Through Welsh Doorways
15. Rose O the River
16. Cinderella
17. The Deane Girls
18. The Vicar of Wakefield
19. Mother Cary's Chickens
20. Eleanor Lee
21. Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm

Pages later, in different handwriting

Apr 9 Came here from Tuppers
14th Snowed all night
13th Friday Richard went to Hospital
May. everything late
Cows turned to pasture ____ 16th.
20th ___ just beginning to blossom
Dec 12-4 days rainy foggy weather We all went out.

Left out more entries about the weather.

Again in Elizabeth's hand:


Chas D. Kalmerton = Aug. 22 1920
S.E. Nellis = Feb 19, 1913
Edward E. Kalmerton = Aug 17, 1921
Edith E. Kalmerton = Aug 9, 1925
Regine Kal. DeGeoff(?) = Aug 17, 1926
Mrs. R. Moeller = July 31, 1928
Esther Kalmerton = July 6th 1929
George Kalmerton = July 6th 1929
(Different hand)
Herbert Kalmerton = Aug 22, 1936
Emma Kalmerton = April 8, 1941

(The rest is in a mixture of hands)
Lois {Tupper} = Feb 12th
Clara {Vander Weele} = Aug 8
Myrtle {Vander Weele} = March 25
Harvey {Vander Weele} = Nov. 9
Lee = Sept 26
Olive = Oct 4
Mildred = Sep 29
Ruth = Dec 6
Richard = Oct 17
Katheryne = Oct 2 1927
Robert Benninghaus = Nov 1932 12th(?)
Bert = 1884 Mar 6
Minnie = June 20
Frances = Jun 18th 1880
Wilfred = Aug 9 1894
Nellie = May 29th

January 23, 1910
Mr. Hayward preached from the text "Henceforth I call you not servants but friends" Subject The Friendship of Jesus
Evening Service
1 Cor 13:11, 12, 13
"How to Approach the Unseen"

Mrs. Berlin = Jan. 12, 1912
Mr Kalk = Dec 24, 1912
Mrs Longfellow = 1912
Mrs. James Huych = Apr. 1, 1912
Mr. Thomas = Nov. 1909
Lottie Eckle = Nov. 1909
Mariam Kalmerton = Mar. 27, 1909
Mr. Denison = Nov 1909
John Colby = 1912
Lauraette Smith = 1912
Mr. Wight = 1912
Elizabeth Nellis = Feb 19, 1913

Address of Fred Sargent
1801 92nd Ave.
Oakland, Calif
Is a shipping clerk in fright depot

Lou Merrill is Mrs Dan Waid

Mrs. Alico Gibson
85 Lincoln
Take the east side car to 5th Lincoln. Sheboygan
(1809 N. 8th)

Mrs. F. A. Loomis
2117 N. 10th Street

Rev. F. F. Parsons
679 77th Ave.
West Allis, Wis.

William Nellis
1552 Third Ave
Los Angeles, Cal.

Ellen Sargent
1522 Walnut St.
Berkeley, Cal.


Addresses of friends

Mrs. William Zorn
Granton Wis

Mrs. V. B. Densmore
145 Lorimer Ave.
Turtle Creek, Pa.

Mrs. John A. Wadhams
2453 Lowell Ave.
Chicago Ill.

Mrs. Mattie Haskins
West De Pere Wis.

Darwin Warden
1118 N. 8th Street

Rev. R. E. Cody
LeRoy Minn.
Benton Ill.

Addresses of relatives

Uncle John Colby
Sarah his daughter
North Concord N.H.

Aunt Lauraette Smith
Uncle Ai Smith
Abbie Sanborn = daughter
George Sanborn = son in law
Clarence Sanborn = grandson
Percy Sanborn = grandson
Genella Sanborn = (grand?)daughter
George Sanborn = Great grand son

Laura Ira
530 Penn Ave.

Aunt Emma Hayward
Emma Weight = daughter
Mr. Weight = son in law
187 South Main Street
Concord N.H.
Louisa Burnham = daughter
Otis Burnham = son in law
Clara Hayward = grand daughter
175 S. Main Street
Concord N.H.
Charles Hayward = son
Mrs Hayward = daughter in law
Proctor and Burnard = Gransdons
175 S. Main St. Concord
Walter Hayward = son
Mrs. Hayward = daughter in law
Three little ones = grand child
Pembroke N.H.

Hattie Little
Mr. Little
And one child

Martha Hayward = daughter
John Hayward = son in law
Libbie Hayward = daughter
Penacook N.H.
Lauraette Tyler = daughter
Tilton N.H.

Aunt Sarah's children
John Quimby
Mrs. Quimby
6 children
Walter, Ai, Belle, Grace
Hill N.H.
Dr. Charles Quimby
Glouschester Mass.
Emma Trumbul
David Trumbul = son in law
Their children
Sadie, Cora and Georgia
Hill, N.H.
Addie Putney Hill N.H.
Laura and Guerney children

Uncle George Colby's children
Jerry Colby
John Colby
Both Pembroke N.H.
Jennie Crane Lake port
She has 5 children
Iva, Gurney, Sarah George Larene Crane
George Harvey Colby Suncook
Uncle Charles children
Aunt Mary Colby his wife
Grace Farnam = daughter
Fred Farnam = son in law
Laurence = grandson
East Concord N.H.
Rose died but left a daughter
Grace (Colby) S
East Concord

Judge M. P. Sargent
Miss Sallie Sargent
7 Moody St.
Amesbury Mass.

Miss Susie Le Bosquet
Mrs. Mary Gillette
26 Western Road
Wellesley Mass.

Mrs. Henry Kelly

Across the st. from town hall.

Miss Elliott
(5339) 5352 Indiana Ave
Austin, Ill


Mrs. Julia Willard
605 East Ave
Red Wing Minn

Mrs. Lizzie Sargent
622 Merrimac St.
Oakland Cal
3416 Euclid Ave
Kansas City Mo.

Mrs. Gibson
1606 N. Eight Street

Lois Tupper
Route 24

Mrs. Merritt
S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, Cal.

Miss Florence Hunt
405 West Thirty third Street
Los Angeles

Wm. S. Nellis
442 Bradbury Bldg
Los Angeles

236 S. Olive Street

Rev. J. E. Aysene
117 N. 8th Street
La Crosse, Wis.


Mrs. Freeman
1235 East 8th Street

Mrs. Abbie Sanborn
Penacook, N.H.

Mrs. Gertrude Bemis
524 Washington Court
Sheboygan Wis.

Mrs. Helen McMullen
Route 4 Box 5
Antigo Wis.

Rev. E. E. Dresser
403 Mich Ave.

Mrs. Claspill
238 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles

Mrs. C. A. McClanahan
997 E. 41st Street
Flat 3

Mrs. Sprague
South 615 Vermont Ave.

Mrs. Hibbs
4413 Torrey Street

Mrs. Rankin
612 E. 12th Street

Mrs. R. E. Hall
1935 W. 23rd Streeet
Los Angeles, California

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