Elias E. Day letter
Scope and Contents
The sole content of this collection is a photocopied letter from Elias. E. Day to his wife Grace. The letter describes the history of Shalam Colony and Day’s visit there.
Conditions Governing Access
Open. Material contained in this collection is open for examination by researchers under supervised conditions in the Search Room.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. All rights possessed in these papers by Hester Roach have been transferred to the Rio Grande Historical Collections of the New Mexico State University.
Biographical / Historical
Elias E. Day came to Las Cruces in 1883, tried and dislike farming, and took up with a local contractor in 1888, the F.H. Bascom Company which constructed the Loretto Convents. He married Grace Center, of Gloucester, Massachusetts [who is an earlier version of this finding guide was referred to as Grace Phelps] in 1893. Day served in the County Commission from 1899-1900 and was the Dona Ana School Superintendent from 1901-1902 and later became the first president of the county’s Chamber of Commerce. Day was also a member of the Masons and became a Grand Master for the New Mexico Grand Lodge.
Language of Materials
Collection contains a photocopy of a letter written by Day in 1893 to his fiancée, Grace Center, of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Processed by Merleen Dibert, Dec. 1979
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