[Letter from Madge Saenz to Rosa Walston Latimer]

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Letter from Madge Saenz, referred to here as "Mary Magdalene (Jones) Saenz (known as Madge)", of Galveston, Texas to Rosa Walston Latimer, in which she gives detailed information about her position and work as a Harvey Girl in a Harvey House.

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[6] p. ; 33 cm.

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Saenz, Madge Creation Date: Unknown.

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  • Saenz, Madge Mary Magdalene (Jones) Saenz (Known as Madge)

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Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer

The Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer consists of original, hand-written letters and other correspondence from former Texas Harvey Girls (and their families) who worked in Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe Railroad in Texas.

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Letter from Madge Saenz, referred to here as "Mary Magdalene (Jones) Saenz (known as Madge)", of Galveston, Texas to Rosa Walston Latimer, in which she gives detailed information about her position and work as a Harvey Girl in a Harvey House.

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[6] p. ; 33 cm.

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During the days of the steam engine, Texas was a significant link as the Santa Fe Railroad traveled across the country. Every 100 miles or so, passengers found food and service in a Harvey House. Originally established in Kansas in 1898 by Fred Harvey, an English immigrant, these gleaming restaurants were usually adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot. From Canadian to Kingsville, Harvey Houses provided food and service in refined, Fred Harvey fashion to train travelers as well as citizens of the community. The success of the Harvey Houses is primarily attributed to the waitresses, known as Harvey Girls. These girls came from the farms of the Midwest, the cities of the northeast, and many places between, to work in Texas. Often they helped develop communities along the railroad where there was little to attract businesses or residents.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2014

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Saenz, Madge. [Letter from Madge Saenz to Rosa Walston Latimer], letter, Date Unknown; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth599374/: accessed August 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer.