Some time ago I received a Xerox copy of a diary, the memoirs of “Mom’s Trip to New York.” I don’t have any details about the trip. Based on the content of the diary this was post World War Two. It contains some interesting information. I will let you draw your own conclusions, but the personality of Ruth Harmon Brubaker comes through in this diary. Over time, I hope to provide more and more of the transcripts of this trip. And I hope you find it as interesting as I do.
Left home wed. nite at 9:30—Some send off too—it was swell. Went right to sleep and had a nice restful day. Will get into Laramie at 4:30—We have swell friends, haven’t we? & swell family. Thurs. –8 o’clock: Dad got on the train and its sort of nice to have him—he’s going clear to Omaha. He managed to get a double berth and we had a nice supper in the diner—we are sure traveling fast—will cross the whole state of Nebr. in the nite. Get into Omaha at 6 o’clock tomorrow morning.
Well, here I am on the train for Chicago—this is a swell coach—You can ride anything here abouts on a pass—never had a bit of trouble—I’ll get into Chicago at
11:30 8. This train really travels--& pretty
smooth too. I’ll eat my lunch and eat a
meal in the diner tonight. I sort of
crave coffee—our breakfast cost $1.25 per—our dinner last nite $1.65 per.
We are going thru a town named Missouri Valley that just had a real flood—I see chicken houses & sheds flipped over & great fields of corn about 8 inches high—just drowned—I hope the road bed is o.k.