A 7 Page Autographed Letter, Signed with Original Envelope Describing Phoenix in 1897

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Octavo. Ella Raso worked as a nurse and wrote her friend, Mr. S.D. Allen of the law firm Allen, Baldwin & Baldwin in Duluth, Minnesota as he was considering a move to set up his practice in Phoenix. 7P. Autographed Letter Signed, with original mailing envelope. She begins by answering his questions and refers to their mutual friend Mr. Holsey who is a leader in Phoenix business history. The speaks of the extensive irrigation and another leader spoke of what a great area it was to invest in (though he said those who claimed your values would double in two years were optimistic, he suggested it would take seven). The claim that the owners of the large ranches in the valley were all rich. She says there as a large orange farm four miles from Phoenix that also has ostriches. The population is 15,000 besides the winter guests which number about 5,000. The main streets are 80 to 100 feet wide and many are shaded by large trees, roses in the gardens, palms but no grass. The banks, hotels and public buildings all have water and some of the private residences. There are 250 miles of canals allowing 600,000 acres to get ample water for agriculture. For two years there are both gas and electric lights as well as a complete telephone system. Street cars travel all the major parts of the city, three public schools, 8 churches, 3 daily newspapers, 2 ice factories, 3 mills, 3 lumber yards, one iron foundry, a large flour mill and 4 banks [The 1898 Phoenix City Directory shows a few more items with a recent addition of a new ice factory.] The Territorial Insane Asylum is three miles away and Tempe nine miles distant and it has several manufactures and a normal school. Mesa City is 18 miles distant and is engaged in cheese manufacture, brandy (?), and in fruit raising and canning. She then quotes a scientific magazine about the heat but the discomfort is lessened by the low humidity. Claims sunstrokes are unknown and there are few days that are too hot for the farm workers. She will be house sitting while a family is gone for the summer and she will inquire about the needs of a law practice here. She will send an official territorial governor's report. Warns that Mrs. Prescott's opinion is not valuable [perhaps some personal animosity?] Drs. Wylie [Arizona State Medical Examiner] and Duffield are the best physicians here, will arrange to have by personal effects sent here. Signed Ella Raso, Phoenix, Arizona, Ford Hotel, April 28 [1897]. Bookseller Inventory # 019789

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