The collection consists primarily of letters, most of
which were written by C. H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo to
his family back home in Warwick, Massachusetts.
C.H. (Clarence Hastings) Mayo traveled West in late 1879
to work on a cattle ranch in Colfax County, New Mexico, in
the employ of United States Congressman and family friend
William Windom (1827-1891). Mayo worked on Windom's Kiowa
Ranch from January-April 1880 before heading north to Wyoming
and Fargo, North Dakota, in search of other business
opportunities. In August of the same year, Mayo moved to
Colorado, where he worked and lived in Saguache, Bonanza,
and Gunnison through 1882. Although Mayo was interested in
purchasing land and having a ranch in Colorado, he worked
as a carpenter and was also paid to provide musical
entertainment with his cornet.
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