Thursday, December 28, 2017

1879-1884 Autograph Album of Myra of Santa Cruz, California, and/or Soquel, California


1879-1884 autograph album that belonged to a Myra, presumably of Santa Cruz, California, and/or Soquel, California.  The earlier inscriptions, dated 1880, were inscribed at Santa Cruz by Myra's schoolmates.  The inscriptions from 1882-1884 were penned at Soquel, California.

Myra was given the album by her Uncle Will.


The album measures approximately 6" by 4-1/2"and is a softcover; it  may have had covers at one point.  The album contains the sentiments of 26 of Myra's schoolmates and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

? [5]IIngallsSScott
BBugbeyJJohnstonSprague
CCulverwellLLakeStevens
CunninghamMMalloryWWaterhouse [2]
DDornManning
GGraziaMulhern
HHallNNugent
HandyPPaschall
HodgePray

If you have an idea of who Myra was, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  I found a Myra Phillips from the correct time frame at Santa Cruz, California, the adopted daughter of W. H. and Myra Hobbs.  However, it's possible that Myra was a nickname for someone else.

A few pages from the album:

S. L. Grazia [not sure of initials]; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on January 16, 1880

Nellie Handy; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on February 24, 1880.  Myra's schoolmate
 .
Georgia Lake; inscribed on June 4, 1880

Tessa J. Mulhern; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on April 20, 1880

Nellie Nugent; inscribed at Soquel, California, on March 16, 1882

Florence A. Waterhouse of Sacramento, California; inscribed on September 10, 1882.

Again, if you have a theory as to the identity of album owner Myra, or if you have information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • Myra, presumably of Santa Cruz, California, and/or Soquel, California; album owner.  She was given the album by Uncle Will
  • Uncle Will; he gave the album to Myra
  • S. A. H. [not sure of first initial]; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on December 25, 1879
  • Lulu V. W.; inscribed on April 30, 1880.  Either a schoolmate or teacher
  • Hattie; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on March 9, 1880
  • Nettie Bugbey
  • Alice Culverwell; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on February 13, 1880.  Myra's schoolmate
  • Ione Cunningham; inscribed at Soquel, California, on January 9, 1884
  • S. Henrietta Dorn; inscribed on April 15, 1880
  • S. L. Grazia [not sure of initials]; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on January 16, 1880
  • Stanley Hall of Santa Cruz, California
  • Nellie Handy; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on February 24, 1880.  Myra's schoolmate
  • Helen Hodge; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on February 18, 1880
  • Katie Ingalls
  • Luella May Johnston; inscribed at Soquel, California, on February 16, 1882
  • Georgia Lake; inscribed on June 4, 1880
  • Minnie Mallory; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on February 23, 1880
  • Celia Manning; Myra's schoolmate
  • Tessa J. Mulhern; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on April 20, 1880
  • Nellie Nugent; inscribed at Soquel, California, on March 16, 1882
  • Ellen Paschall; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on April 30, 1880
  • Minnie Pray; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on February 12, 1880.  Myra's schoolmate
  • Frances Scott
  • J. E. Sprague
  • Belle Stevens; inscribed at Santa Cruz, California, on May 11, 1880.  Myra's schoolmate
  • Florence A. Waterhouse of Sacramento, California; inscribed on September 10, 1882.
  • Nannie W. Waterhouse of Sacramento, California; inscribed at Soquel, California, on September 10, 1882

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