By Amos Jay Cummings
In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil battle veteran and journalist for the hot York sunlight newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For a while, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partly to determine what the entire fuss used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched impressive and fascinating money owed of the yank West again to his readers in manhattan. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's pix of a land and its collection of characters not like whatever again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep mogul who took Denver by way of hurricane, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who used to be submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although this day he's nearly unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings used to be some of the most recognized newspapermen within the usa, partly as a result of tales like those. entire with a biographical caricature and ancient advent, A notable interest is an relaxing learn for anyone attracted to the yankee West within the latter 1/2 the 19th century.
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Cummings, and it was a complete one in every detail. He was presented with a gold watch, chain and locket which cost $350. Jolly speeches were delivered and a magnificent banquet was enjoyed. Mr. Cummings was the proudest man in New York. . The poet Geoghegan was the moving spirit in the whole matter, and to his untiring energy the charming success of the affair was entirely due. The poet sang himself to sleep in his own little cot at 4:30 this morning, while Mr. Cummings was guarded on the way home by four of Inspector Byrnes’s most lynx-eyed detectives.
John Hicks, in his book recounting his own adventures as a printer (Adventures of a Tramp Printer, 1880–1890), met Cummings in New York City about 1889 and describes him as “a newspaper genius” (p. ” Cummings’s popularity led to his being elected president of the New York Press Club in 1885–1886 (he later served on its board of trustees as well). His popularity was the topic of an editorial from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated April 26, 1885: All practical newspapermen will admit, I think, that Mr.
Fortunately, Amos Cummings’s fifteen scrapbooks were not among the boxes of books donated to the Union Printers Home by Frances. She apparently retained those in New York. A decade later when she moved to South Norwalk, Connecticut, to a nursing home (in 1911 or 1912), Frances, in declining health, likely left the scrapbooks in the house at 32 Charlton Street, which she still owned. A brief obituary in the New York Times (January 29, 1916) notes Frances’s death “yesterday” in South Norwalk, where “she had lived .
A Remarkable Curiosity: Dispatches from a New York City Journalist's 1873 Railroad Trip by Amos Jay Cummings