3726 Florence St.
San Diego, Calif.
Jan. 26, 1929
Dear Mother, –
Will write a few lines to say we are all well and hope you the same. We read of the hard winter you are having and wish you could have our sunshine instead. It is colder here than usual and we had a frost last night. It may damage the gardens in the “back-country” a little and the oranges and lemons some. We have very nice days now after a week of rainy weather.
Last night was graduation night at the Senior High school and 200 graduated. Lloydine was one of the “flower girls” who gave each girl a boquet of roses and other flowers, from the school. She had eleven girls to help her as she was in charge of that. All were chosen from the Honor Roll. The flowers were from a florist shop, and were given out after the diplomas and before the ‘benediction’. There was maiden-hair fern and sweet peas and carnations, etc.
Lloydine passed in her studies with a “1” in history, 1 in Cooking, 2 in Latin, 2 in English, and 2 in Gymnastics. Monday begins a new term She will have the same studies except in place of Cooking she will take Chemistry.
What is the coldest weather you have had this year? We have been wondering how cold it gets in Kansas. I have not known it to be more than 18 degrees below zero and that was only once. Zero is bad enough.
I got a letter from Mrs. Oscar Bergstrom a couple weeks ago. She said Oscar had been so sick with the flu, and they had lost a good deal when their hogs had cholera this fall and they had to burn 140 of them. She had a lot of company at Xmas time, as usual. She wrote a nice letter.
Mrs Randel, Mrs. Chaffee’s sister, has been in Los Angeles several months with her son Ralph. Her son Floyd sold out his Drug store and moved out to a small town to sell automobiles, last month. We are going to see them soon.
The fleet of warships and 200 airplanes left here last week for Panama taking several thousand men along, to be gone three months. That makes a lot of vacant houses but the tourists from “the East” will be coming here to get warm and soon will fill them up.
We saw “Question Mark” plane fly 150 hours without coming down and saw it go East to Washington D.C. last week.
Guy’s parents were glad to get your greeting and they send you their “very best wishes”.
I will have nice gladiolus plants I know. I have planted some and have plenty left to plant. We are going to have big beds of them and each bed a different color this year. I am going to send you a real pretty one when it is warmer. One that we got from Michigan so it will be different from any you may have. I will wait until March.
The meadow larks are singing out doors – several of them. I guess they spend the winter here.
I must close and do some housework.
Greetings from us all and Love from, Hemmie, Guy, and Lloydine –
P.S. Lloydine thanks you for the nice letter you sent to her. We were all glad to hear from you.
Note: “Mother” refers to Hemme’s mother Carolina Wilhelmina Eckkel [Hedman] Backlund, born September 14, 1843 in Gefle (Gayle) – Sweden. She is 85 years old at the time of this letter, her husband (Hemme’s father) died in 1923 at age 86.
[1929.01.26 / day – HNB to CWB in Lasita, Kansas.]