September 23, 1953
Thomas Jefferson 3 cent stamp.
62 South 13th (Street)
KCK (Kansa City, Kansas)
Sept 23 ‘53
I know I have been slow about writing – but there was not much to write. I was called to Iowa in April by the illness of my younger sister Reta. She was desperately ill, and we expected to lose her any time. I did not intend to stay more than a week, but she remained so ill the Dr. asked me to stay. We had planned to be married Mother’s Day – but when I could not get away, Joe came up there and we were married at Eldora, Iowa May 5th, came home a week later, then there were changes to make in the home arrangement, and we were quite some time getting settled – by that time we had to make garden if we were to have any.
Then the hot dry weather set in. I never felt the heat so badly, and I don’t know why. My sister continued seriously ill and is still no better.
Then that tradgie July 16 – since that I have not been much good. It was all so sudden and so near. I just can’t seem to get over it. We did not know where you were or how to contact you as we understood you would be traveling around.
After things were quieted down and they got Loyalls car out of the police control, they found a late address of yours in the glove compartment – where he had put it as he left the farm the last time. I later wrote Mr. Beale and he answered he did not know how to contact you.
There was nothing any one could do, he had lived a clean upright life and left a good example to his children and others. Of course I have Joe and he is a consolation, But God only knows how I miss Loyall – he was my all in all. I am thankful he was not bruised or mangled, and that he did not have to lay sick a long time.
Dorothy is managing nicely and she really has two darling children
This letter is pretty scribbly but maybe I can do better next time.
62 South 13 K.C.K.5
Next HNB Letter – March 14, 1931.
[Note: Maude L. Cline was the wife of Alfin Backlund. Alfin was a brother of Hemme N. Backlund (Hemme Martin). Maude was born circa 1884 (probably) in Metz, Missouri. Alfin and Maude had two sons, Forrest and Loyall Backlund. Alfin died in 1918 (at age 40) of the influenza and Maude later married a Mr. Stone, they divorced. This letter reports the marriage of Maude Cline to Joe Jeffers. The “tradgie” (tragedy) of July 16, 1953 was the death of her son Loyall Backlund, age 40. He was driving, apparently had a heart attack and blacked out. His car hit a utility (light pole or telephone pole or combination light and telephone pole), he died on the way to “the hospital” the same day. While no mention of her son Forrest Backlund is made in this letter the obituary for Loyall Backlund states that Forrest is living in Winfield, Kansas. Dorothy (Dot) is Loyall’s widow, the two children are the children of Loyall and Dot. Information regarding Maude Cline‘s birth year is courtesy of ClineFamilyTree.com which has additional information about Maude‘s parents and her birth family.]
[1953.09.23 – MLC to Mrs. Hemme Martin – RR Green, Kansas.]