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Collection Number: 04666-z

Collection Title: Edna McPherson Papers, 1912

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Size (3 folders). feet of linear shelf space (approximately 59 items)
Abstract In 1912, R. M. Vestal was the manager of the Vestal Automobile Company, seller of motor cars and supplies, in Greensboro, N.C. Edna McPherson was an art teacher at the Virginia Christian College in Lynchburg, Va. Chiefly love letters, 22 January-22 June 1912, from Vestal in Greensboro to McPherson in Lynchburg. The first letter shows that, sometime before 1912, Vestal and McPherson both lived in Siler City, N.C., where McPherson apparently taught school. In this letter, Vestal seemed to be renewing his acquaintance with McPherson, who, he suggested, might be interested in a teaching position that might be available in Greensboro. While the teaching position never materialized, Vestal continued writing to McPherson, who he visited in February. In a letter dated 3 March, Vestal declared his love for McPherson; by mid-March, she had reciprocated. While subsequent letters chiefly declaim the couple's love for each other, there is occasional mention of family affairs, visits to Lynchburg, and selling cars in the days when salespeople made house calls to prospective clients and drove them around the countryside to show off a car's features. There is no information relating to McPherson's career or to the Virginia Christian College. In late May, Vestal and McPherson set 26 June 1912 as their wedding date; the last few letters are dedicated to discussions of wedding ring sizes and honeymoon logistics. Also included is one letter to McPherson, dated 20 June 1912, from a relative about general family business.
Creator McPherson, Edna.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Edna McPherson papers #4666-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Doug Mattox of Raleigh, N.C., in June 1993 (Acc. 93092).
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In 1912, R. M. Vestal was the manager of the Vestal Automobile Company, seller of motor cars and supplies, in Greensboro, N.C. Edna McPherson was an art teacher at the Virginia Christian College in Lynchburg, Va.

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Chiefly love letters, 22 January-22 June 1912, from Vestal in Greensboro to McPherson in Lynchburg. The first letter shows that, sometime before 1912, Vestal and McPherson both lived in Siler City, N.C., where McPherson apparently taught school. In this letter, Vestal seemed to be renewing his acquaintance with McPherson, who, he suggested, might be interested in a teaching position that might be available in Greensboro. While the teaching position never materialized, Vestal continued writing to McPherson, who he visited in February. In a letter dated 3 March, Vestal declared his love for McPherson; by mid-March, she had reciprocated. While subsequent letters chiefly declaim the couple's love for each other, there is occasional mention of family affairs, visits to Lynchburg, and selling cars in the days when salespeople made house calls to prospective clients and drove them around the countryside to show off a car's features. There is no information relating to McPherson's career or to the Virginia Christian College. In late May, Vestal and McPherson set 26 June 1912 as their wedding date; the last few letters are dedicated to discussions of wedding ring sizes and honeymoon logistics. Also included is one letter to McPherson, dated 20 June 1912, from a relative about general family business.

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