|Elsie Metz 1902|
The writing prompt for this week is Travel
. While most of my ancestors traveled great distances to emigrate to the United States, and many more migrated across this country after they arrived, I have found no one in the family who traveled as extensively as my 2nd cousin, twice removed, Elsie Lauretta Metz. I wrote about Elsie, who was born in Cincinnati in 1880, and the wild weather she experienced while on a ship in 1912 earlier this year when the writing prompt was Storms. You can find that post here
. I also had written about her family and attendance at the University of Cincinnati back in 2013, and the link for that post is here
in December of 1911, Elsie applied for a passport at the age of 30 in preparation for some travel she was planning to do the next year. While I knew a lot about her 1912 trip due to a journal that was returned to our family, I had no idea of the extensiveness of her adventures until I was preparing for this post. Through a list tucked into her journal and also searches on ancestry.com I was able to find the following travel and passenger information about Elsie. I suspect that the list is missing some entries as well.
1889 traveled to Rome, Italy, according to her journal.
1893 traveled to the Chicago World’s Fair, according to her journal.
1899 and 1905 traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to her journal.
1906 traveled to Quebec and Saguenay, Canada, according to her journal.
1907 traveled to Europe, according to her journal.
1908 traveled to Cairo, according to her journal.
27 August 1909 sailed on the SS Kaiserin Augusta Victoria from Cherbourg, France to New York, New York, arriving on 3 September 1909. She spent the summer touring Europe with friends.
1910 and 1911 traveled to the Adirondacks in New York, according to her journal.
9 May 1912 sailed on the SS Cincinnati from Hamburg, Germany to New York, New York, arriving on 20 May 1912. (Her diary indicates that she left on the trip 30 January, 1912, so this ship’s list is only from the last leg of her journey.)
7 July 1914 sailed to Europe for extensive trip.
5 August 1914 applied for an emergency passport at the American Embassy in Berlin to immediately return to the U.S due to the outbreak of WWI.
22 August 1914 sailed on the SS St. Paul from Liverpool, England, arriving in New York, New York on 30 August 1914.
3 October 1914 sailed on the SS Lusitania from Liverpool, England, arriving in New York, New York on 8 October 1914. (This trip is puzzling to me - in light of the war, why would she have gone back to Europe that fall?)
1916 traveled to Lake Placid, New York, according to her journal.
1918 traveled to Chillicothe (Illinois? Missouri?), according to her journal.
1920 traveled to Luddington (England? Michigan?), according to her journal.
8 March 1921 sailed on the SS Fort Victoria from Hamilton, Bermuda to New York, New York, arriving on 10 March 1921.
1922 traveled to Ogunquit, Maine, according to her journal.
5 March 1923 sailed on the SS Fort Hamilton from Hamilton, Bermuda to New York, New York, arriving on 7 March 1923.
1923 traveled to Colorado, according to her journal.
1924 traveled to Alaska, according to her journal.
26 August 1925 sailed on the SS Paris from Plymouth, England to New York, New York.
1926 traveled to Ocean City, New Jersey, according to her journal.
27 August 1927 sailed on the SS Paris from Plymouth, England to New York, New York, arriving on 1 September 1925.
29 July 1930 sailed on the SS St. Louis from New York, New York to Cherbourg, France.
2 October 1930 sailed on the SS Milwaukee from Boulogne, France to New York, New York, arriving on 11 October 1930.
22 March 1932 sailed on the SS Florida from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida, arriving on 22 March 1932.
15 August 1938 traveled the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey with a friend.
1939 traveled to New York City for the World’s Fair.
16 March 1949 sailed on the SS Lurline from Los Angeles, California to Honolulu, Hawaii, arriving on 21 March 1949. On 10 April 1949 flew on United Airlines from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California.
30 March 1952 flew Trans World Airlines from New York, New York to Lisbon, Portugal. On 30 April 1952 flew on Trans World Airlines from Madrid, Spain to New York, New York.
27 March 1953, travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received a temporary immigration card there.
25 September 1954 flew on Royal Dutch Airlines from Amsterdam, Netherlands to New York, New York.
5 July 1955 flew on British Airways from New York to London, England, where she spent a month touring Scotland with a friend. From there they went to London to meet up with some friends before touring Ireland. She returned 19 August 1955 on British Airways from London, England to New York, New York.
17 June 1956 flew on Scandinavian Airlines from New York, New York to Stockholm, Sweden.
29 July 1956 flew on Pan American Airways from London, England to New York, New York.
31 March 1957 sailed on the SS Homeric from Havana, Cuba, arriving in New York, New York on 2 April 1957.
27 April 1958 flew from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
8 September 1958 flew on British Airways from London, England to New York, New York.
July 1959 flew Pan American Airlines from Nassau, Bahamas to New York, New York.
29 August 1960 flew on American Airlines from place unknown to San Antonio, Texas.
8 October 1959 flew on SR Airline from place unknown to New York, New York.
13 June 1962 sailed on SS Italia from Nassau, Bahamas to New York, New York, arriving on 16 June 1962.
|one of Elsie's travel talks|
Elsie never married, so much of the time she had traveling companions with her. In the early years it was her mother and her unmarried brother, though the extended trip she took in 1912 was done in the company of family friends. She was a woman of many interests, with both bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Cincinnati. She was extremely active in the Cincinnati social scene, and was a patron of the arts as well as an amateur actor and director of community plays. She frequently appeared in the Society Page of The Enquirer
, Cincinnati’s daily newspaper, and on several occasions gave presentations about her travels. With at least 40 trips spanning 73 years, she certainly would have had a lot to talk about!