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To Madame Jouatte
June 1, 1934 Chicago, Illinois
My dear Madame Jouatte:
I was greatly distressed to learn of M. Jouatte’s death last Fall. You have my deep sympathy and condolences. Your son’s marriage leaves you very lonely, indeed, and I hate to think of this great change in your life.
We are in the midst of a World’s Fair or Exposition here in Chicago, which opened last Saturday. 140,000 people attended the first day. Yesterday 500,000 children—and some older people visited the Fair. This will continue all Summer, so Chicago will be a very busy place. Today it is hot, the hottest in many years, and a lack of rain since February has ruined the farmers crops over all this western country, far up into Canada. The lack of grass and a strong wind produced a great dust storm in early May, that started in middle Canada, traveled 1200 miles to Chicago and turned day into dusk, and blew on 800 miles to New York and Washington. This has never happened before in the history of this Country.
I will send you some pictures of the Fair.
With my sympathy and affectionate regards,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Author-typed letter.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 433.