Clay Center, Kansas
January 10, 1928
Dear Brother Albert and Family,
Many thanks for the letter. I learned so much.
I am now in Clay Center with my son here. I have good health. I have it well where I am staying, but I most like to be at the farm, where I can wear everyday clothes, and only wear dress clothes on Sundays. Here I have to be dressed up in a starched shirt and a bow tie before I have breakfast. It is ok when you are used to it.
It is better here for my feet. At the farm, I must have them on a warm brick. Here they have a fire in the cellar under the house and the whole house is warm. When I am sitting to write, the floor is warm enough for my feet. It is also warm in the bedroom on the second floor. It is nice when I come.
The people are in a hurry everywhere I go--at the farm to get the work done, in the town their businesses.
You write about the sharing of Hamra. When I think of that, it seems that the "gentlemen" (maybe from the government ?) had influence on the surveyor. They got all the good ground and pasture, which was so good, and perhaps the "gentlemen" knew that during the whole time the surveyor was there.
Gustav received everything in parts. When he gets it in order, it will be good. He has part bad fields, but also a another part is good. It costs money, but they have received much money for their wood. Those who did not have to move, had to pay those who must move.
|Oskar Swenson, brother of|
Click on photo to enlarge.