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Abbie Ella Stearns (1857-1944) was the daughter of Joseph Hibbard Stoughton, Washington pioneer from New England. In 1887, she married Doran Harding Stearns of LaCamas, Washington, who later founded the Portland Bee. She was active in Portland civic affairs, and wrote occasional articles for the Portland Oregonian.
The collection consists of 3 diaries detailing Abbie Ella Stearns travels and daily life. In 1881 she left Portland, Ore., on the Herbert Black, a wheat ship bound for Liverpool and Belfast. From Liverpool the ship went to Singapore, Shanghai, Nagasaki, and Hongkong, thence to New York, arriving July 20, 1883. Miss Stoughton then visited relatives in New England, took a trip to Montreal and Toronto, and in May 1884 returned by railroad to her home in Vancouver. In December 1885 she was appointed enrolling clerk of the House, Washington Territorial Legislature, and later worked in various law offices. The final diary entries contain repeated references to Doran H. Stearns, who was then courting her.
[Identification of item], Ella A. Stoughton diary, A 119, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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