3735 32nd St. San Diego, Calif.
May 6, 1931.
Dear brother John, –
Your letter and clipping about Aunt Margaret received. Someone made a nice write up about her. I suppose Minnie gave most of the information for it. Did any of them write you about her illness or funeral? I know they telephoned.
Well, that is hard luck about your arm and I hope it is already better. But anyway I hope you have had an X-Ray of the elbow to see if it is broken or dislocated. It might be the bones slipped or broke there. Or it may be one of the two bones in the fore arm is broken. I think Dr. Morton surely has an X-Ray. He ought not to charge much, they ask $2 to $5 here. And you don’t want it to be long in healing so you should have it in a splint perhaps. They have shaped metal ones to fit that are very comfortable and will keep all strain away and that would protect the elbow and keep the line of the arm as you want it to be. I wouldn’t have anything done without an X-Ray as he might just make it worse, since it was already stiff and he doesn’t know how it is. It takes an hour or more to develop the plates after an X-Ray picture so you might have to make two trips, or else wait. You should have Loyall with his car now. He would be good for something.
I sent Mother a card for Mother’s Day yesterday. I am glad she can be up and out in the garden some. Something to be busy about and fresh air. I hope your weather is as nice as ours today. We had a rain week before last week too, and nearly two inches of rain, the first in months.
Our house is ready for plaster. They began today. Got it all lathed and roof is on. I painted all door and window frames, first coat. Guy & his father did all carpenter work. There is little “trim” on these modern stucco houses, so expect to be done in about two weeks. Then we will sell it – maybe. Will have “interior stucco” in colors inside and white outside and a red tile roof. So not much to paint anywhere. It has 1,420 sq. ft. of floor space, 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, 1 breakfast room, 1 service porch, 2 bath rooms, 1 hall, 1 linen closet, 3 clothes closets, 1 entry hall, 1 porch. This week they have started 5 houses as big, all in a couple blocks of ours, different people. So I guess we are in the right spot to sell. Anyway I hope so. Today Guy is starting a house on contract for a couple by the name of Hansen across the street from ours. They saw ours was well built and asked him to build theirs, framed like it (200 sq. ft. and one room less) and he drew the plans and they signed a $3,600 contract. Yesterday I helped him stake it out. They have already bought all new furniture for it and want it in two months if possible. Then there will be a double garage and summer house. So I guess we will get along for awhile until building gets still better. If we sell ours we will be well on our feet again.
Lloydine has a month yet at College. She is doing very well at school and is gaining weight. I got her new glasses last week. She uses them when reading. Has had the others 2 1/2 years. The oculist let her have these lenses wholesale 4.50 and did not charge for examination at all. He asks all the way from $13 to $30 generally but he has all he can do at that. He does a lot of work for school children, and is very good. I had an understanding about the price before he did her work. I guess they make a lot of profit.
We have a new Mayor and all the rest this week, and the city will turn over a new leaf. The Co. Assessor (for ten years) leaves tomorrow for prison 1 to 10 yrs for stealing funds, and nearly every office has had some scandal exposed in city and corporation affairs. Next January we have a new charter and new kind of gov’t (City Manager) and new elections. Times seem to be better on the Pacific coast but there is still some unemployment in all lines.
John Persson & Carol & wife & boy are in Brawley yet. Eva’s girl Dorothy is living with Carol’s and going to school (Junior College) and helping C. John P. was in to see us one Saturday.
I must close, lots to do. Hope you are getting along all right and Mother keeps able. Let me know if there is anything I can do, at any time.
Your sister, Hemmie.
Next HNB Letter – May 21, 1931.
[1931.05.06 / day – HNB to John Backlund Jr. in Lasita, Kansas.]