5 cents – Air Mail
U.S. Grant Hotel – San Diego
European Plan – Absolutely Fireproof – Baron Long, President
We have been worried about you both in the hot weather of the past week.
U.S. Grant Hotel
San Diego, California
11 A.M. June 30, 1931.
Dear John, –
I have just bought my ticket and stopped in here to write you, when I will arrive.
If you are going anywhere the Fourth, don’t stay home on my account, as I will not get there until the afternoon of the Fourth. Will come to Lasita on the motor from Garrison. My trunk will not get there as soon as I do because I am changing trains five times en route. I leave here 2:30 P.M. Wed. 1st
I go by way of Los Angeles – Salt Lake – Denver – Manhattan and Garrison to get a cooler route than I used to take, but costs the same. I have a couple hours off every supper time at those towns Wed – Thu – Fri – arriving at Manhattan 12:50 Sat. over the Union Pacific #6-26. I do not go through Clay Center. If you would rather I came to Clay Center you would have to telegraph me c/o Western Union, The Union Depot, Denver anytime before 10 P.M. July 3, as I will ask there before I leave on my train at 10 P.M. Then I could change at Junction City. But because of my trunk I thought I better come to Lasita, although we have carried it inside our auto as it is a “steamer” trunk. And the motor doesn’t run on Sunday. If I had not been waiting for the July 1st rates I could have come a day earlier.
If you need to reach me any other time you will have to telegraph Guy as he will know where I am every day on the trip, and would let me know.
If I do not hear from you I will come via Manhattan as I said. I leave Manhattan 2:35 P.M. and Garrison 3:03 P.M. according to the time table, July 4th
I hope the hot weather hasn’t been too much for you and Mother. I know it will soon be better – it couldn’t be worse according to the papers. We are well as usual. Greetings and Best Wishes. If you are gone the 4th I can easily walk from Lasita if I remember the way.
Next HNB Letter – July 3, 1931.
[1931.06.30 / day – HNB to John Backlund Jr. in Lasita, Kansas.]