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.
The typewritten letter substantiates what I said about the 50
years and contains much engine, which should be of interest to
Your Church work and the ALBUM must give you much to do. It is
well you have it.
I hone you are reasonably well.
Yours very truly,
MARCUS LEONARD Salina, Kansas.
P. S. Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, the temperature at 10
o’clock is 8 plus degrees. Some of that convention weather
would be a good thing this morning but we do not have control of
the weather. M.L.