1889 letter from Augusta E. Storer at Wells, Maine, to her friend Miss Emma Cory at Westport Point, Massachusetts. See a transcription at the end of this post.
Augusta E. Storer was born about November 1861, the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Storer of Wells, Maine. Augusta graduated from Maine Central Institute and attended Salem Normal School at Salem, Massachusetts. She had teaching positions in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Perhaps she met Emma, while teaching in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
By 1895 Augusta was teaching at the state reform school at Portland, Maine.
Emma B. Cory was born in 1849, daughter of Alexander Hamilton Cory and Mary Ann (Prince) Cory. The Cory family was an influential one in Westport. The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds an archive of Cory family papers dating from 1762 to 1929, starting with the papers of Captain Isaac Cory (1746-1830).
The archive papers indicate that Emma was educated at Wheaton Female Seminary, now Wheaton College, at Norton, Massachusetts, and that she later worked as a milliner and in various firms.
By 1900, Emma was living with her brother Joseph at Providence, Rhode Island. The occupation fields are blurred, so I'm not sure if Emma was working at that time. Emma died in 1927, according to information on the Cory archive.
Other people mentioned in the letter:
- Addie [possibly Emma's lifelong friend Addie Buffington Churchill of Fall River, Massachusetts, whose correspondence with Emma is contained in the Cory archive noted above]
- Annie Boyce
- Lucinda Ransom
- Bertha [Emma's sister Bertha B. Cory, who by 1889 was married to William E. Kugler]