Tag Archives: Books

Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe in Music

Happy Birthday Edgar Allen Poe! January 19, 1809 was the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe. I have been searching for decades now for items from the lives of Edith Vail Ross and Paul Josef Martin Eisler and it was to … Continue reading

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1889 Ross Family Christmas in Rutland Vermont

Edith writes: “Dear Grace, – I will write you a few lines and tell you what I got Christmas. I got a lovely doll, a pair of kid gloves, a new dress, a paper knife, two St. Nicholas, a little … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Elijah Ross, paternal grandfather to Edith Vail Ross, had in his home library a large volume of poems by the Scottish author Robert Burns published in 1850. Elijah was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont in 1819 but after being orphaned very … Continue reading

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Rooftop Games & “Three Men in a Boat”

The summer of 1903 saw Edith becoming quite the New Yorker and nothing speaks more loudly to that experience than hi-jinks on a rooftop patio. Edith Vail Ross, Miss Schirmer and fellow boarders Mr. Voight and Miss Clarke made an … Continue reading

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Decorations on the Death of a Pope, 1903

In July 1903 Pope Leo XIII died in Rome. The Catholic Cathedrals and Churches in New York City marked the occasion with special decorations and services. While Edith Vail Ross and Miss Schirmer were not of the Catholic faith they … Continue reading

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In the June 1903 surviving letters of Edith Vail Ross to her parents in Rutland, Vermont there are many references to rain, storms and overall gloomy weather. At first I chalked this up to standard letter opener niceties, comments about … 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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