Diary begins on February 21, 1899. Mary starts out visiting Sarah and Harriet Duncan (of 1325 Hoover Street) in Los Angeles, but soon returns to Pasadena. She writes about the weather, going to a reception for General William Shafter, attending prayer meetings, and reading about fighting in Manila (she mentions her nephew Clay, the 20th Kansas and the 10th PA). Mary takes a trip to Catalina, sees Banning House, takes a drive to Inglewood and San Gabriel Mission. She and "Sis" (possibly Susan [Duncan] Anderson?) leave California on April 4th, arrived in Kansas City on April 7 and visited her brother Sam [Anderson], Margaret, and Mark near in Miami County (near Stanton), Kansas until May 3. They travelled to Springfield, Illinois and visited with Uncle William, Aunt Agnes [Miller], and Anna Snodgrass. The pair returned home to Allegheny, Pennsylvania on May 9 where Mary lives with her (single) younger brother John and a border, Harry Smith. She writes about Joe Scott's trial on June 19 and taking a trip to Beaver to see her farm. In September, Mary writes about "reducing superfluous flesh" but finds it too hard. She writes about Vice President Hobart's death on November 21 and a football game in Pittsburgh on November 30. Diary ends on December 31, 1899.
Mary Eleanor Anderson was born on November 23, 1840 to John Anderson and Sarah [Miller] Anderson in Pennsylvania. She never married and lived with her brother, John until his death in 1917. Mary died on September 6, 1923 in Doumont, PA.
Diary includes correspondence dated February 11, 1901 signed J.C. Ewing, relating to the will of E[liza]. J[ane]. Gaston (possibly an aunt?), who died in 1895.
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