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Bernice and Bertha Downing Collection of World War I Letters
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Letters from World War I servicemen to Santa Clara Journal owners and editors Bernice C. Downing and twin sister Bertha G. Downing
Bernice C. Downing (d. 1940) and her twin sister Bertha G. Downing (d. 1925) are noted as being the first women in California to own, edit, and publish their own newspaper, the Santa Clara Journal, which they inherited from their father Nathan Hall Downing. Under their direction, the paper developed into a thriving semi-weekly newspaper. Bernice was appointed Santa Clara postmaster by President Warren Harding, and was also editor of the California Postmaster.
5 folders (.25 linear feet)
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