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March 7, 1938

Stationery from the Hotel Lindell, Lincoln, NE.

Monday Night.

My dear Sweetheart,

The conference at College Station was satisfactory and Mr. Fred Butcher, my assistant met me there. They asked for Spicer and A.A. Miller also Mr. Gable. Butcher and Dr. Shotwell, in charge of survey work for me, will hold a training conference there on the 17th, also 1 other man.

March 7, 1938

March 7, 1938

At Stillwater Mr. Rainwater wants a job again and the training conference will be held on March 19 by Butcher & Shotwell. Will get a Mr. Moore & another man, probably Mr. Maxwell who worked on screwworms.

At Manhattan will get a man who served last year also two others to be selected by Prof. Dean and Dr. Kelly.

Will get through here tomorrow, Tuesday, & proceed to Ames Iowa for another conference to be held on Wednesday. I should get into Minneapolis on Thursday. I feel that I am getting something accomplished and I will have plenty ahead of me on my return to Mpls. I’ve wired instructions for Quarterman and they will have plenty to do before my arrival there.

Butcher will make arrangements in New Mex., Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Also hold training conferences for men selected for the work. Shotwell will join him on most of these.

I had a lonesome trip up. Butcher left me at Stillwater & the rest has been by myself. Everything is shaping up OK and I think we will be ready when ghoppers start. The winter has been ideal for them and the greatest outbreak yet is expected if they cannot be controlled when they hatch.

Will write again from Mpls (707 Thorpe Building). With lots and lots of love,


January, 1938

This is apparently a list of people who previously worked on grasshopper control projects for the USDA, but were laid off. The marginalia suggest Walter was looking to recruit some of them back (he’s about to be transferred to grasshopper control). If you wonder why the government had employed so many people for this, or why so many of them got dismissed and then hired back with funding fluctuations, check out Jeffrey Lockwood’s outstanding history of this astonishing pest.

January 1938

January 1938