A collection of letters written to James M. Sanborn and his wife Lilia Sanborn. Includes letters from their sons, extended
family, and friends and associates, as well as a ledger and some visiting cards.
James M. Sanborn and Lilia settled in the city of Alhambra in Los Angeles County, California by the 1890s. James M. Sanborn
was born in Maine circa 1840 and became a dry goods businessman after starting a dry goods business partnership in 1866 with
his uncle, James W. Sanborn, a successful merchant in Port Huron, Michigan. Lilia was a Massachusetts native born in 1845.
The couple married in 1868 and had three sons, George, Charles, and Hugh Sanborn. George, their eldest, worked for the Toronto,
Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Company in Hamilton, Ontario in the late 1890s. Hugh contracted typhus and passed away in Johannesburg,
South Africa in January of 1902. James Sanborn became a fruit grower in the San Gabriel Valley once the family settled in
California. Lilia passed away in 1910.
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