Monthly Archives: June 2013

Vermont to Aztalan, Wisconsin – The Northwest Territory Travels of Philander Vail, 1848

The lure of traveling west was strong in the 1840’s for many young men in Vermont. It is unknown at this time just when Elmira’s older half brother Philander Vail journeyed to the “Northwest Territories” of the now state of … Continue reading

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Recovering Lalla Rookh & Finding Elmira Ross

From the same neglected box of books that caught the rain and melted snow in the leaky garage came this copy of Lalla Rookh by Thomas Moore. The inside of the book bears the simple penciled name of ‘Elmira’ and … Continue reading

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Bumping into Family Connections, Paint & Music

My family history has spilled out in bits and pieces over time. In the last few years the stories have accelerated, due to making an effort but also the ease of being able to search multiple library holdings from a … Continue reading

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Dramatic Lessons at the Chelsea, June 1903

Edith took her daily dramatic lessons for the Opera Stage with Miss Collins who apparently resided and/or worked in the Chelsea in 1903. Edith writes home to Vermont at the beginning of a letter “These are Busy days with me … Continue reading

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An Artist Moves In to Board, June 1903, New York City

Lessons and life continued on for Edith Vail Ross after her thrilling audition, singing for Mr. Conried’s representative at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her voice lessons with Mr. Desci in the mornings continued and were followed right after with the … Continue reading

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