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, describing
the various towns in which Mayo lived, his work on cattle ranches, agriculture, and his impressions of the landscapes of New
Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Colorado, between 1879 and 1882.
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.
101 items in 2 boxes
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