My father was a number of years my mother's senior, having been born at the turn of the 20th Century, and his father was a newly married young man when the World's Fair, also called The Columbian Expo, came to Chicago in 1893. My grandparents, Edwin and May Gould, took the train from North Dakota to Chicago, where they spent a few days taking in the sights with friends. The following is part of my grandfather's diary entries for that week.
9/17. Owen took May and I to Gilby where we took the N.T. train for Chicago and the World’s Fair.
9/18 Arrived in St. Paul 7:20. After eating our lunch we took a walk up town. May bought a hat and brush. Left for Chicago over Burlington road at 3:30.
9/19 Arrived in Chicago at 7:10 a.m. Took Adams Co. horse car. Got off at Lexington Ave, 863 St. and registered at Hotel Hayes. Arrived on fair grounds at 9:45 and went at once to N.D. Blvd., where we met friends, when all hands started out sightseeing. First passed through CA State Building and then took in many attractions. We walked down lake front to anthropological bldg, also Columbus fleet, Krupp gun exhibit, Viking ship, and wooded island. Left grounds at 6 p.m. after supper, Geo. and I took electric road for city. I bought two tickets at Chicago Opera House.
|Viking, replica of the Gokstad Viking ship|
9/ 20-22. Got on grounds at 9:20. Passed through horticulture building, Women and children’s buildings, from there to fisheries building where we saw the wonderful display of beautiful fish. From there to Manufacturing building to meet Dr. and Lila. Then to Guatemala coffee house and had dinner. U.S. Govt. building after dinner. Saw old time stage coach and modern stage coach, coins of all the countries in the world. Big tree from Sequoia Nat’l Park, 26’ in diameter, 81 ½’ in circumference, 300’ high. Old time plough, made in 1740, drag thresher used in Asia Minor, made of stones set in board. Smith ploughs patented 1800, cotton plants, Burpee orchard, water buckets used by George Washington while a member of fire company at Alexandria Va., N.Y. Herald printing machine, light keeper’s outfit, World’s fair Post Office, sea lion, stuffed poultry and birds display, Indian on horse, canal locks, dry docks, pontoon bridge, Sims Edison fish torpedo, (each cost $85.00), rifles and cartridges, 14th century gun found in Hudson River, Gattling gun—1200 shots per minute, Pen State building to see Liberty Bell.
|US Government Building at World's Fair|
To Chicago Opera house and saw Ali Baba played. Brazil: thatched hut. Havana: cases of cigars. Trinidad, cases of small stuffed birds. Mexico: sugar, cotton plants. Japan, long tailed fowl. Germany: monument of chocolate- 30,000#. Several states showing large display of cereals. North Dakota: Lady Dakota in wheat. New Jersey: canoe with mast of grapes. France: chocolate arch. One days make, weight 50 tons, value $40,000. Ivory tusk 7 ½ feet. After leaving forestry bldg. we took in dairy and Indian village, then took R.R. around grounds and took in Chicago gun boat.
9/23. Transportation building in morning. Sulky drawn by Nancy Hanks when she made her big time. Pullman palace train, old coaches and R.R. transportation of every description.
We all went down the Midway and took in Moorish palace and theater. We scattered and I took in the Arabian Settlement and ostrich farm, from there to Cairo, saw them ride camels. Took in Theater and saw abdominal dancing girls. From there I left fair grounds and took in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Home to hotel from there.
|Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show|
9/25. Got on grounds at 8 a.m. Saw the new Peace bell. Took a look in Swede building, saw largest band saw in world—220’ long, 12” wide. To choral boulevard to hear Mexican orchestra. Saw Arabian trick players and Rosa the Turkish dancing girl. At 6 we left the golden door and fair ground, paid our bill at the Hotel and packed our trunk.
9/27. Arrived in Johnstown in the morning and Owen met us with horse and buggy.
Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on eleven acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. She is also able to combine two other passions—horseback riding and spending time with her grown children—since her married daughter lives nearby, and they often ride together on the wooded trails near their home.
It didn’t take long to discover she had a natural flair for the historical time period, having read and watched so many Western stories while growing up. Her 1880s stories continue to grow in acclaim each year. Her novel Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction, and Universal Studios requested a copy of her contemporary debut novel, The Other Daughter, for a potential family movie.
After serving five years as the president of the Portland/Vancouver chapter of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Miralee now volunteers as a board member and belongs to a number of writers’ groups. She also speaks at women’s groups, libraries, historical societies, and churches about her writing journey.
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