San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 3, 1931
Dear Brother John, –
Well, at last you hear from me again. Thanks for the Valentine letter. I read you have a bit of snow to begin March. Is that March coming in like a lion or a lamb? The ground hog saw his shadow here but we have had a week of fine weather now, after a month of rainy days, and I think it will not rain anymore.
You see I did not put any street address to begin with. Now I hope you will not think it hard to remember a new address as we were at the last one three years. We sold our house last Thursday, for cash, and gave possession Saturday so we were very busy moving We rented a house Friday and are settled now for a month anyway at 3735 Thirty-second St. and are now looking for a lot to build another house to sell. Guy has had work only about two weeks since in December and he wants to build while he can do it himself as he will soon be able to get a job because building is beginning to pick up a whole lot here.
Mar. 6, Friday – Well I had to stop writing on Mar. 3. so will now go on.
Have been very busy looking for something to buy. We have found a lot we are going to build a seven room stucco on it but had to borrow a lot of money. There are eleven houses under construction in sight of our lot and none is for less than $4,000 as that is the building restriction. Our lot is one of the best and we hope to make money on it within a year. It is one mile from State College and in the boom area. Streets are paved and we are 1/2 block from a business street with transportation lines. We were 14 miles by street-car from College before, and Lloydine spent 2 1/2 hours a day on the cars going to and from school. Now she can go in 7 minutes by auto bus. That is why we sold and got closer to school as she has 4 years to go there. (Where we rent is a 30 minute ride to school)
It is quite a job to build a house, but we will move in as soon as the walls are up, and save rent. The people we sold to sure got a bargain as our house was so well-built and had the best of materials and paint with solid brass hardware and cast aluminum light fixtures, etc. They like it too. But we made a little on it, after we paid the mortgage of $2,000. (which was to run five years more.)
Mar. 7: – Well I will continue this morning. It is cold enough to have a fire so I am by the stove, but a mocking bird is singing outside in the sun.
I have a notion our new house will be sold before June so I am wondering whether I have a home or not. We are asking $5,500 for it now (before it is built) but will put the price up if we have to wait till we move in to sell it. Then we will build another one. We bought from some men Guy has known for ten years and he used to build houses for one of them in Arizona. The other man was secretary to Governor Campbell of Arizona when we knew him in Phoenix. They own the subdivision here near the College.
We were sure lucky to sell our house the way times are now, and we were not on the boom side of town either.
I taught two days last week @ $6 a day. But last month I taught only 5 days and I don’t know if I will have time to teach any more as there will be plenty to do helping Guy build. (I am quite a carpenter’s helper)
We have all been well. Lloydine goes to the dentist twice a week and he is straightening her teeth wonderfully well but he says he has only just begun. We hope some day to be able to pay him but he says it is all right if we don’t. The latest X-Rays show she will never have wisdom teeth below, and the upper ones are far back of where they could come through. So that is worrying him now. But he is a very smart man and we know he will figure it out someway. He has brought her eye teeth down in place so she need not worry so much about them any more. We notice a change every week.
You remember Randels, related to Cora Chaffee. Well, they have been losing money and are not so well off as when they came back from Kansas and bought a Drug Store. They have had two drug stores and then he got an auto agency and nearly went broke, and almost went back to Kansas last summer. But just then, instead, they started a lunch counter and tiny restaurant business and the oldest of the two girls got a job clerking in a dry goods store and they are still in town and say they are making money again. I guess they are, too. The youngest girl is in her last year of High School I guess. The oldest finished last year. They both know how to spend. We do not visit but sometimes meet them in town. Lloydine is a pretty quiet girl and has other friends.
We have not seen Dorothy Chaffee yet.
Guy’s folks are well and so is “Uncle Will”. His father (Guy’s) does not work often but has an income from his two small houses and Uncle Will’s board.
We sold part of our furniture and kept some.
We kept the old cat and he is here with us. I have not unpacked very much yet until we know if we are going to move again.
Write to us at this address: I must close.
Your sister, Hemmie
3735 32nd St.
San Diego, Calif.
(Phone H 3996 R)
If you need to give a tourist our address. It is not in the phone book
Next HNB Letter – March 13, 1931.
[1931.03.03 / Tuesday – HNB to John Backlund Jr. in Lasita, Kansas.]