One of the first, fittingly, and most interesting pieces in the Hudson collection to date is a journal that Hudson’s mother, Aline Runner Phillips, kept of her honeymoon trip. Carl and Aline traveled to Indianapolis, with assorted stops to visit family in Minnesota, in the “Elizabeth Special.” I believe the trip must have been in 1926; Hudson herself was born in August, 1927.
Thanks to the efforts of Paul Reynolds, we are able to make available an actual copy of the journal in Aline’s own handwriting, including the photos she took and added. Given that the age of the document, as well preserved as it really is, means it can be a bit difficult to read, Paul has also provided a transcript.
We do our very best to preserve things exactly as they were left, so you will notice spelling and grammatical errors, and sometimes, you will have to get used to the vernacular used. We think it adds to the charm!
Also noted, by our friend Dick Bernard, is that some place names that are misspelled may be misleading; he particularly notes Aline’s reference to what we believe is “Grand Marais” as “Grand Maria,” as well as a reference to Detroit that we think is actually Detroit Lakes. A resident of Minnesota, Dick is well qualified to make these corrective assumptions – and we appreciate his doing so.
Aline Runner Phillips Honeymoon Journal (transcript)