Some things never change

As some know Vicki does geanealogy research and as a genealogist she often sees snapshots of past lives. The following is a letter that appeared in the Tonganoxie Kansas Mirror on January 18, 1931. The local population had decided to do construction on a small lake near the town.The lake today is known as the “State Lake” west of town. The letter was written by vicki’s great uncle a resident of Cheltenham England at the time. The last paragraph is the interesting one 1931 was a lot like today at the brink of what became the “Great Depression” his sentiments a lot like some today. Not much Changes

From A. A. Cheesman

Mr. W. Neibarger,
Editor of Mirror,
Tonganoxie, Kansas

Dear Sir,

Enclosed find draft for $5 payable to you through American Express Co. You will kindly the Mirror to that amount. So the lake is started. Congradulations all around. I take a good deal of interest in it. Though I am sorry to say, it has come too late for me to enjoy it. Fifty years ago you could not have kept me off.

I see the old U. S. is suffering from bad times like the rest of the world; it comes specially hard on England because we have to pay wages to millions of unemployed for doing nothing; but we hope the new year will do better than the old one.

Yours sincerely,

A. A. Cheesman,

Yetholm Cheltenham, England

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