| July/August 1954

Enola, Pa.

Dear Elmer. In our conversation at Wichita, I told you, 50 years time had not been long enough for me to grow accustomed to the hot sun of Kansas. It has not.

I have written you a letter about the cold weather in Iowa, the hot weather in Kansas, how I happened to come to Kansas, and my experience operating engines in Kansas.

My resistance to cold is no greater than to heat. Because of my makeup, neither Iowa nor Kansas is a desirable place for me to live and fully enjoy life and Kansas was a most undesirable place for me to operate an engine. The story has not begun to be told.

You wrote about my sunburned face at the 1953 Wichita Show. It was, but not as severely as at the 1952 show. At that show, I was so badly burned, the skin peeled from my nose a few days later and my lips blistered. My hair is thin but wearing a straw hat all the time, did not prevent the sun's burning me so badly the skin peeled from the top of my head. My burning had been so severe, I was sick for a week. I did not care too much for that Case Show at Wichita, but many fine people visit the Show and it is a pleasure to meet them.

You were a close friend in burning. I well remember your badly burned face at Wichita and on Thursday at Mt. Pleasant. Your skin is such, you have no business in Kansas in August. Throw away the cap and wear a hat when in Kansas in August, with the widest brim you can buy. You are a Methodist Minister but had my Russian friends seen you at Wichita, they probably would have inquired about the bottle you might have had hidden in the booth.


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