Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Oct 1880, I have got my money

This postcard was written to John W. Moran by John Almus Gardner.  The Gardner's were cousins of the Moran's.  I know of at least two John A. Gardner's.  The first, Colonel John A. Gardner was born in 1809 in Tennessee and died in 1892 in Gainesville Texas.  His first wife was Ritty Terrell.  After her death he married Agnes Hunter Cowardin who I am still doing research on because the Cowardin's are also relatives of the Morans.  I did a blog post previously about one of their children, Josie Lee Gardner.  The second is Dr. John Almus Gardner, the son of Jeptha and Emily Gardner and the nephew of Col John A. Gardner.  He married Martha Emaline Bondurant, the Bondurants are also distantly related to the Moran's.

Either way it's a link to the past, a piece of ephemera that has survived 132 years.



Mr. John Moran
Dresden Tenn

Gardner 22 Oct. 1880
Give Mr. Thomas his receipt and my thanks. I have got my money all right.

Respectfully
Jno. A. Gardner




Monday, October 1, 2012

1908 See Europe If You Will, but See America First

Charles Harrell Moran
"Brud"
Brud Moran took a trip out west on the Great Salt Lake Route.  I've scanned selected pages from one of the brochures for inclusion in the blog.  To see an earlier post with pictures from the trip click here.

Denver & Rio Grande System
The Great Salt Lake Route
June 1908




















"See Europe If You Will, but See America First."


THREE THROUGH TRAINS DAILY
To and from the Pacific Coast, with through standard sleeping cars between CHICAGO,
ST. LOUIS, OMAHA, KANSAS CITY, DENVER and SAN FRANCISCO
and LOS ANGELES without change.






Special Half Rate 
and Convention Excursions 
from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo 
During the Summer Season, 1908
A number of conventions of national importance will be held in Colorado during the Summer season, 1908, notable among which are the following:  National Association of Credit Men, June 23-27; Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity, July 1-3; Kappa Sigma Fraternity, July 1-3; National Democratic Convention, July 7; American Society of Civil Engineers, July 16-19; National Association of Stationary Engineers, September 8; Sovereign Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., September 19-26.
To enable the delegate, tourist and vacation seeker to visit the thousand and one points of interest located along its various lines in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, the Denver & Rio Grande has arranged a series of special half-rate excursions from Denver, Colorado Springs, Manitou and Pueblo.




Lay-over privilege is allowed at Salt Lake City on all classes ? within transit or validity limits on application to train conductor.

Twenty-four Hours in Zion
Twenty-four hours is all too brief for even a glimpse at the many points of scenic and historic interest in and about Salt Lake City; yet, if the time is well employed, the stranger can see those of chief importance, and thus carry away some pleasing, clearly defined memories, not soon to be forgotten.

Naturally, his first interest centers around the historic spots which mark the era when Utah was almost an unknown name and the people who created the great commonwealth in the far-away mountain fastness.

Everybody wants a peep "Over the Garden Wall" which encloses the "Temple Square," adorned by the three main edifices of the Latter Day Saints, whose peculiar architecture is known far and wide.  The Temple, which holds so much mystery to those outside of the church organization, whose "Holy of Holies" has never been desecrated by foot of "unbeliever;" the "Tabernacle," with its great oval roof, whose arch spans a vast auditorium without a support, seating 10,000 people, where each Sabbath the followers of JOSEPH SMITH and BRIGHAM YOUNG tax the seating capacity to the utmost limit, and on other days the mellow strains of the marvelous organ charm the ear; last, the "Assembly Hall," a massive stone structure of less pretension, devoted to the deliberations of the church potentates, the "Seventies" and kindred ruling boeids.  Around the buildings in this ten-acre tract the grounds are finely parked; a statue of BRIGHAM YOUNG stands in the shadow of the Temple which he designed and laid the corner stone.  The entire square, or "block," in the Utonian vernacular, is surrounded by a fourteen-foot wall of adobe, sun-dried bricks, about two and a half feet thick, on a stone foundation three feet above the sidewalk, having four immense gates, one in the center of each side.  An electric car can conveniently be taken for Fort Douglas, three miles distant, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, where is stationed a full regiment of United States troops.  The "Seeing Salt Lake City" Observation Car makes daily trips to all points of interest with a courteous guide entertainingly explaining the sights, from which you get a grand view of the Salt Lake Valley stretching to the south, the calm surface of America's great inland sea gleaming in the sun fourteen miles to the west, the broad expanse on either side of the Jordan River framed in by the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains forms on of nature's pictures impossible to duplicate.  Travelers concede that no place from ocean to ocean compares with Salt Lake for a summer vacation.  Never too hot nor too cold; on one side the great inland life-restoring sea, and on the other jagged mountains, sparkling with stores of ever-melting yet never-melting snow, temper the atmosphere to a nicety.  No exception can be taken to the verdict which decrees Zion to be "The Promised Land."



DURING THE SUMMER SEASON THESE CARS
WILL BE USED BY THE
DENVER & RIO GRANDE
"SCENIC LINE OF THE WORLD"

on trains nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 through the Royal Gorge, SEATS FREE

Parlor observation cars on trains 4 and 5
Between Denver and Glenwood Springs.

SPECIAL HALF-RATE EXCURSIONS
From Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo 
During the Summer Season, 1908