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Sunday, September 14, 2014

7 - Southern Pacific Receipt - 29 April 1936

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Story so far: Grandma Cecile has begun planning her trip to visit her relatives back in her home village of Nieder-Mohrau, Czechoslavkia. She received a note from the Railroad Company telling her that the ship line required a deposit to hold her berth on the voyage.

Grandma was not taking any chances. The letter asking her for a deposit was dated and mailed April 28th, 1936. Now we see a receipt from Southern Pacific that is stamped April 29th. 

That tells us two things. For one, mail only took one day to get from Salem to Stayton even back in 1936. The other is that Grandma must have headed from the mailbox to Salem immediately. Well, she had to grab the check book and her purse first! But she got there to put down her $25 deposit the day after the letter was written. She wasn't going to let that berth get away! 

It must have taken a while to get from Stayton to Salem in 1936 as Highway 22 was not there in its present form. Even when I was a child, we used to have to go through Aumsville and around past the prison to get from Stayton to Salem, a longer more winding route. In those days (20+ years later) it was still a big deal for us to make a trip to Salem to go shopping. The traffic was not nearly as bad as it is today, however!

Even though this receipt is from the Railroad, the deposit is for her berth on the ship. The receipt identifies the fare is "for ONE ticket from New York, NY to Prague". The signing agent was A.F. Noth, the same man who had written Grandma from Salem, requesting the deposit. So far Grandma has not purchased her rail tickets.

I included the back of the receipt so that you can see what was there. Nothing was ever filled out on it.

Receipt for Grandma's deposit for travel from New York to Prague

Back of the receipt - nothing filled in

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Story to be continued......
To read Post "8 - Southern Pacific  Visa Question - 2 May 1936" click here

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