No More Fires

March 26th, 1930

3726 Florence St.,  San Diego,
Mar 26, 1930.

Dear John, –

I read in today’s paper that it is cold in Kansas, but it is a little too warm here this week.  I hope you are over the cold you had early in the month and that Mother stays well.  we are all well and busy as usual.  Glad to get your letter with news of everybody.  Hope you have had no more fires lately.  We pay 36 cents for big eggs but hens lay all the time here so someone makes money now when feed is green.  Most of the year feed is high for chickens so the profit is not so much.  I guess you have your potatoes in now but some will have “iced potatoes”, instead of early potatoes.

Lloydine is in school as usual.  She goes at 7:00 A.M. and gets home from 3 to 4 P.M.  Then studies a little at night.  But has easy work this term so she plays hop-scotch or ball or marbles after school sometimes.  We have nice children in the neighborhood but all younger than she so they are always wanting her to play.  She earned enough to buy a new dress and slippers so last Friday she wore them to a “swell” party at the San Diego Country Club for 200 “sub-debs”.  The paper printed pictures of the “hostesses” and put all the names of guests and a column write-up on the Society page.  Yesterday the mail brought her another invitation to the “La Jolla Country Club” for the second party of the season.  It will be similar.  As only the nicest people are invited she feels quite honored.  It is all because she is careful of her company and good in school.  She is now chairman of all the Social Service committees in High.  She put on a sale for them to raise money one day this month and had her girls sell 80 dozen “Alaska ice-cream suckers” during the noon hour at school.  They made $20 clear in the one hour sale.

Perhaps you know your Kansas governor Clyde Reed is here for a few days in Calif.  With him is the editor of the Kansas City Star, Fred Trigg.  I went to a reception for them and shook hands and talked a little to each of them and they both looked just like good Kansans.  All Reed can talk about is farm-relief and Trigg says he has talked it all the way and only brought him along to listen.  But they both made good speeches to a crowd of 250 “former Kansans”.  Reed said that back in Kansas they think he calls Trigg up every morning before breakfast to see what he (Reed) should do that day.  But he probably makes a good governor even if the “Star” did help elect him.  He took an airplane ride with a Kansas girl, Ruth Alexander, while here and said he was called the flying governor because he rode in planes so much.  It was so much quicker.  Trigg went up for his first flight while he was here.  San Diego entertained them very well.  Now they are in Los Angeles.  I wrote a piece for the paper about them I will send you when I get it back.

There is a mocking-bird singing most of the time, outdoors.  I am going to have Guy put up a bird-house for him on the clothes post, like some folks do, if he gets time to make one.

Guys folks are well.  We drove out to see some glider flights Sunday.  Cars were on all the hilltops to see it but the wind died down so we saw only short flights of a few seconds each.  The wind must be 8 miles an hour or more.

Well, nothing else just now.  I have to stop at the end of the paper.

Best wishes from us all to both, Hemmie & family.

Next HNB Letter – September 25, 1930.

[1930.03.26 / day – HNB to John Backlund Jr. in Lasita, Kansas.]