Anna Perainen Travel Diary, 1946
Travel diary of a woman believed to be Anna Perainen from the Midwest visiting the West Coast of the United States. She visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Canada.
A partial transcription of the journal entries provided by the seller:
"July 6th, Today was the day. I really stepped around getting everything around the home in order to leave it to Dick Wallace and Frank Moore for 2 months. Marianne and Dick took me to the train. I kissed them goodbye as I left on the Chief, for the great west."
"July 7th, Spent the night rolling from one side to the other but at that it was good to just lie there and let the world go by. The day was spent in the observation car lounge and I met several fine people. Miss Freed, Miss Warner, Mrs. McFerson, whose husband died the same day she was married. She met her folks in Santa Barbara. Got off the train at Kansas City for a few minutes. Desert and queer houses." (She gets into LA the next day and is met by her Aunt. Says there were fellows galore)
"July 10th, Today we went down town with Carsty, had dinner at the Police Academy which is a gorgeous place, both buildings and scenery. Great big pool. I took some snaps in doors of hundreds of business men from Los Angeles. From there we went to Alvera Street, a street given entirely to the Mexicans. Was it old fashion. One thing especially interesting was an old fashioned water trough made by the Mexicans and the making of perfumed candles. (The violinist at the Police Academy was indeed rare.)" (Picnic at Centennial Park the next day)
"July 17th, Lou and I started out for Robinsons where we purchased 3 1/4 yds. of green shantung at $4.25 per yard. A lovely piece of raw silk at $5.25 per yd. Lou is planning a trip East after I leave. With all our going, I hope I get it ready. Then at 12 o'clock noon I met Betty Sharrot. With a real smile she and I spent the afternoon well. First we had lunch at the Farmer's Market from there we went wood hunting and shouldn't I run into one of my Chicago dealers. Adler who was for 30 years in the Stevens building. He had nothing worth while but was indeed happy to see someone from home. Then we packed up and down Hollywood streets and found some lovely woolens at the Home Silk Store. Could I have spent the money, had they had exactly what I was looking for. Now from there Betty and I left for North Hollywood where we met her husband and their darling little apt. Saw all the apts which they have charge of and then we started out for a nice eat place in a little town called Encino. We ate out doors under Ivy and every other kind of green. Lovely piano music and one cute violin player. We came back Sunset Blvd. Saw so much. I can't remember half that was pointed out to me but the view at night is simply indescribable. Rolled in bed tired out to say the least." (Next day she went to Earl Carrols Theatre Restaurant to see "Queen for a Day." She says she gets mistaken for Greta Garbo)
"July 20th, Today was just out of this world. In the morning I sewed and Lou did the regular chores around the house, prepared a lunch and as soon as Cassty got home which was around 1 o'clock we started toward Laguna Beach and Long Beach. We stopped for our picnic in a park which originally was owned by Mr. Banning, first man to operate stage coaches in the west. He also owned the Catalina Islands until Wrigley bot it sometime in 1920. The old barn was on the ground and many old surreys, one very old dump cart, one stage coach 100 years old. Then from here we started on our way to Long Beach. I just couldn't begin to tell how many oil wells I saw pumping away. Many thousand at least. We got into Long Beach and Carsty took me down to Terminal Island where Jack's boat left for the Philippines. I just tell you it was the thrill of my life as I had never seen a real large ship before. Nor an airoplane carrier. One was right there in the harbor. I marveled at the size and admire our boys who had to fly a plane and land and take off from one of those and to think my own little daughter stood there and saw Jack leave the dock to leave for overseas. You are a brave little girl and I'm proud the way you have gone through all these years of war……." (This goes on for another 1 1/2 pages of which I've scanned one of them. Great description of Laguna Beach. Next couple of days they head to the Hollywood Mountains and have dinner with Rev. and Mrs. Adams where they have an incredible view of Los Angles. Then a trip hiking up Mt. Wilson. She has to leave Los Angeles on July 30th)
"July 30th, I arrived in San Francisco this morning on the Lark. Had a very good breakfast before leaving the train. Then I took a cab to the ferry station, checked my baggage, then go a cab again to the St. Francis Hotel where I rested awhile. Then I got on a sight seeing bus and toured the whole city. Saw many interesting places such as the old Mission, the Golden Gate Bridge, The Golden Gate Park, etc. Back to the ferry station at 4 o'clock, picked up my baggage and aboarded the ferry over to Oakland where I got on the Cascade train for Seattle. Spent a lovely evening on the train as it was light until fairly late then to bed and one gets plenty weary alone, altho I talked to several interesting folks. I met a very nice young man on the sight seeing bus, his name was Mr. John from Philadelphia. I expect to hear from him later as he took some pictures which he said he would send me."
"August 3rd, Today Clifford took us all for a ride. Saw Seattle from every angle. It's really a beautiful city with hills and water. Some of the estates on the water are magnificent."
"August 8th, Today is the trip to Canada. We call a cab in the morning at 6:30. Got on the Princess Charlotte and sailed for 5 hours. The most thrilling day of all. Beautiful scenery all the way up. Mount Baker seems to be right with us all the way and looks completely covered with snow. We came into a very old fashioned city, Victoria. Every lamp post has 2 hanging baskets filled with lovely growing flowers. We had dinner in the lovely Empress Hotel. Then the Tally Ho ride. Then one hour to run in and out of the stores as our boat leaves again at 4:30. Next time I come out here I'll take more time for that trip. Back home again after a most delightful day."
"August 11th,…..Later in the day we went to the cemetery where brother Nels was laid to rest the 11th of July 1944. The cemetery is called Evergreen and it truly is that for there are groves of large and small evergreens as well as white birch and many other species which we do not have back home. Marie and I still are planning to go to the spot where he was killed to see if by chance some one in the neighborhood could still be found who had witnessed the accident….."
They take a long day trip along the Tacoma Highway where they eat at the Green Parrot café and then the next day a trip by plane to Yakima. She describes the sights out of the window of the plane. I've scanned some of this page. Finally on the 17th of August, which is her last entry, she writes "This morning I am packing my clothes for the next trip. I leave tonight on the Great Northern R.R."
- Perainen, Anna (Creator, Person)
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