ROBERT PAUSEH 1939 ORIGINAL PRE WORLD WAR II MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY FOLLOWING ONE ILLINOIS COUPLE'S CROSS COUNTRY CAR TRIP AND UP THROUGH CANADA
BERWYN ILLINOIS AND ACROSS THE USA 1939 Good+ Manuscript
On offer is a charming, original 1939 manuscript travel diary detailing one couple's summer trip to the West Coast handwritten by Robert Pauseh who through casual research we believe lives in Berwyn Illinois [he notes he lives at "2944 Wisconsin Avenue" which it appears is in Berwyn. Robert writes about 40 pages detailing a rather extensive trip taking in numerous states, National Parks and Canada. Here are some snippets: 1939 "June 12th, Left home at 7:30 C.S.T. Arrived at Raymond at 12:15 at Bandy's. It started to rain. Went through the Ozarks. Scenery just grand. Gentle rises in hills and deep valleys. Stopped at dandy tourist cabin. Two bedrooms, electric light, steam heat, radio, fan, tile bath. In the evening we went to see Three Smart Girls Grown Up with Deanna Durbin. Went to bed at 10:00." (Carthage, Tulsa, Chandler) "June 14th, Got up 5:45. Roosters crowed since 3:00 A.M. and kept us awake. Ate breakfast in Oklahoma City. Saw more and more oil wells in city. Ate lunch in Elk City. Got to be 105 degrees in shade. Texas worst state yet. No trees, houses just wasteland. Reached Amarillo Texas at 3:30. Stayed at Pueblo Courts. Very nice and cool. Went to bed at 9 P.M. About midnight wind began to blow and it blew all night. Didn't stop once. Kept me awake. Got up and dressed at 5:45." "June 16th, Left Albuquerque at 7:30. Drove through desert country in N.M. and Arizona. Saw the first Painted Desert. Went to the Petrified Forest, "A Grand sight". Ate lunch at Navajo New Mexico. Quaint place. Saw many Indians and pueblos. Marg bought an Indian blanket. Went uptown for a drink. Temperature is 45 degrees. Too cold. Wind is blowing terribly." "June 17th, Got up at 6:30. Very cold. Ate breakfast at Black Cat in Flagstaff (Good). Left town at 9:00 for Grand Canyon. Surely a stupendous sight. Coloring gorgeous. Ate at Bright Angel Camp. Took a ride around the S. rim. Hiked a little. At night saw a Hopi Indian dance. Then heard a park ranger lecture and saw movies. Very good…" "June 19th, Brr. 26 degrees. So cold our teeth chattered. Ray built a fire and I warmed up. At 9 we went down into the canyon with the park ranger. Beautiful. Left Bryce at 12:30. Ate no lunch. Arrived at St. George at 5:30. Saw Zion Canyon. Surely a mammoth spectacle. Mt. streams and all. Went to bed at 10:00. St. George is a Mormon town. Very pretty." (Las Vegas, Alhambra, Sand Diego, Bakersfield, Fresno, Berkley) "July 1st, Woke up at 8:00. Ate breakfast. Looked for cottages. Couldn't find any better. Moved into next door room. Lunch at Ann Schmidt's then drove around San Francisco. Fleet in, a beautiful sight. Went to fair at night. Albert and Ida went too. Ate dinner at Fisherman's Wharf. Shell fish. Saw Alcatraz and Golden Gate. Saw the fleet in harbor." "July 4th, Did nothing much. Went riding in A.M. Ate lunch at Cock of the Walk. Very good. Pecan pie. Took Anna and Ida for a ride. Saw fleet maneuvers. Lights were beautiful. Saw part of fireworks from Treasure Island." (Eureka, Oregon Caves, Grants Pass, Eugene, Portland and now Washington State) "July 8th, Got up at 6:30. Left at 8:00. Ate lunch at Mount Rainier. It is the most beautiful ever. We saw Paradise Valley at the foot of the Mt. (Picture). The snow was 5 ft. deep in places. Flowers were growing all over. Coming back we saw a bear on the road. Deer and all. Stopped at Seattle for the night." (Ritzville, Mt. Vernon, Coeur d'Alene Idaho, now Montana) "July 12th, Very poor bed last nite. Ate lunch at Thompson's Falls. Montana is mountainous and quite pretty. Arrived at Glacier Park at 6:30. Stayed at Mc Donald's Lake. Very pretty. Snow on mountains. Excellent supper (Choc. Parfait). Took boat ride down river. Fun. Good beds." "July 13th, (Canada) Got up at 7:00. Breakfast; ham and eggs, orange juice and toast, hot chocolate, whipped cream. Left at 9 then drove through park. Beautiful. Saw goats and two bears. Fed one who tried to stop car. Canadian roads were poor. Got to Calgary at 6:30. Took room at York Hotel. Stampede is on in town. Policemen look very funny with white hats. After supper walked around town until 9 A.M." "July 17th, Got up at 6. Noisy room but I slept. Ate breakfast at Harve. Read that wind blew down 500 trees at Glacier. Ate lunch at Glasgow Montana. Got a cabin at Stanley N.D. Worst stay yet. No water. Rotten bed. Went to show. Saw Midnight with Claudette Colbert." Minnesota, St. Cloud, Manito and home on July 21st. The diary measures about 2 ½" x 4 ¼". Overall G+.