Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mystery History -- Solved

Congratulations to Susan Carrier, who wins with her guess "Woodrow Wilson on the campaign trail?"

In the 1911 photo above, New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson leans over the railing of a caboose during a stop in Pasadena on a cross-country campaign tour. He was elected the 28th president of the United States the following year.

The people of Pasadena hosted a luncheon for the candidate May 11, 1911, at the Hotel Maryland, shown in the photo below.

Here's an excerpt from an article in that afternoon's Pasadena Daily News:

Few such public utterances on national questions have ever been heard in Pasadena before. Not even the semi-divine Roosevelt came out as strong on his cherished subjects as did Governor Wilson.
Assuming Mayor Thomas Earley was at the luncheon, here's his portrait from the Hall of Mayors.

As I did with the big reveal about President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Pasadena, I'll post Governor Wilson's remarks tomorrow.

Many thanks to Pasadena Public Library and Pasadena Museum of History.


Margaret said...

Hooray for Susan!

michelezack said...

What fun! I just ran across your history mystery for the first time, and went back to look at many of the solved ones as well as this week's win by Susan Carrier of Wilson on Campaign Trail. Jeanne Carr was by all accounts a marvelous person, but I could never quite forgive/understand her saying there was not one professional farmer among the original Indiana colonists, when the president of the San Gabriel Orange Grove Association (official name) was Ben Eaton! (a brilliant guy in every field from ag to engineering to wine maker to writer.

Then I realized she wrote that right after the Great Boom had busted — it was her bit of boosterizing for Pasadena when she and others wanted to sell land. They had to make it sound even more magical than it was to convince greenhorns leaving Eastern cities that they, too, could become successful gentlemen farmers and without any pertinent skills.

Jean Spitzer said...

Yay, Susan! Looking forward to tomorrow's post.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Is it Pres Wislon at the reviewing grandstand at the TOR parade a few decades back?

Petrea said...

Another wonderful post, Ann, and congratulations to Susan!

I just love that photo of the Maryland Hotel. It's the best one I've seen.

Cafe Pasadena said...

I can hardly wait for Michele Z's latest book on local history! I think it's gonna be on Sierra Madre anytime soon.