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Martin, Bernice - Editor

Published by Saguache County Museum, Saguache, Colorado (1990)

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From: Don's Book Store (Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Saguache County Museum, Saguache, Colorado, 1990. Trade Paperback. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 183 Pages. Previous owner's name label on the tile page that has been blacked out. No other defects noted and the remaining pages are flawless. The manuscript of the Diary of John Lawrence by Bernice Martin had been locked away in files for nearly a quarter century. The existence of this manuscript was unknown until it was found in papers given to the San Luis Valley Historical Society. Through this scholarly work Mrs. Martin has made a valuable contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of history, not only in the Saguache area, but in the San Luis Valley as a whole. Among the many who headed west in the 1859 gold rush was 24-year-old John Lawrence, a Minnesota farmer. After a stab at mining near Central City, he saw better money in freighting, which took him to the San Luis Valley. There he settled and acquired fluency in Spanish. In 1867, he moved north from Conejos to take up land about three miles west of Saguache, where he would farm and ranch. He continued to do some freighting, and was a merchant as well. He sometimes conspired with Otto Mears. Lawrence was also active in politics, serving in the legislature as well as in local and county offices. Lawrence's tombstone identifies him as the Father of Saguache County, which he persuaded the territorial legislature to establish. It was a major political accomplishment, for the entire county had only eight voters. From 1867 onward, Lawrence kept a diary, making an entry every day. His spelling and punctuation were rather erratic - if Lawrence had any formal education, it came from an orphanage - but it makes for fascinating reading for anyone curious about day-to-day life in this area a century ago. Bernice Martin was born in 1896 and grew up in Denver. She was a teacher in a one-room school near Walsenburg, Colorado and later attended the University of California at Berkeley. About 1965 she wrote the annotation of this diary of John Lawrence. Size: 6" X 9". Seller Inventory # 17111

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