Written by Grandma in 1934, Denver, CO. July 25th – I was five months old. I guess this was my mother’s grandma. The people she mentions are my great grandparents and their siblings. She is writing to family in Kansas. Baca Co is where my folks (me, too) lived. Millard was mom’s cousin.
“Dear Millard & Eleanor I will write a few lines after so long We went back to Kans on visit. I forgot to take my adress book with me so I couldent write to any of you I cant remember adresses. We came home last week. Was glad to get where it is cooler. Was so awful hot there in Kans. never was so hot there had some showers, but not enough to do any good. Pastures all burnt up if it don’t rain soon the feed will die. they will have to sell some of their cattle or give them away. their wheat only made 4 to 6 bu. some on sumer fallow. want more. so much not farmed in Baca Co the government is buying cattle shooting them that arent good and letting them lay. no crops there at all. 95 pr cent on relief. Guy Riddles are moved to Littleton where Iowa lives. They are on relief. Clyde bought some cattle there feched them here on pasture. I dont know what people will do if it dont rain so they have wheat pasture. Claras raised some wheat.
George has out beets but the creek is getting so low cant irrigate much if it dont rain. He hante very well or Will or Leatha. We stayed at Lamar a while. Ruths are well her baby is so cute. He still works for the telephone co. Mildren hante very well. Chas & Harve & another man have a oil refinery started. He is better than he was. Bill Crane has never herd from his wife. is going to get a divorce. still works here in Denver. Loises friend Lois has left her man and children, He is working here. He went back home the girls knew her back there. I dont know what women mean leaving there little ones it is so bad for a Mother to die and leave.
How is every one there? the weather is cooler here. I hope it is other places. We wanted to go on to Claras but it was to hot will go when it gets cooler. had a good visit there. the children have grown so it has clouded up hope it rains. With love Grandma
Government program (shooting cattle and letting the lie) then sounds about as efficient as government programs now. There never was a Dem more worshiped than FDR. My mom was among them; we did survive via WPA and the CCC so I sort of understand. We didn’t remain on relief long. Relief was just that; it was not a life style. I do, however, remember the “commodity” days. The Democrats have changed a lot in these intervening years. It was sort of sad to see mom lower her Democratic flag during Pres. Clinton’s “evolvement.” Even the Hee Haa Girls “display” was too much for her. 😀