Ransom letter, demanding money for the return of kidnapping victim Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed.
Photograph of a typescript document that describes the related photograph ark no. 21198/zz002dfwxd and reads, "10. Left to right. J. Ross Clark, II, of Los Angeles, Baron and Baroness von Romberg and Mrs. Clark, II, photographed at the Santa Barbara Biltmore."
Typescript note related to image ark no. 21198/zz002dfvb4, which reads, "The United Order of True Sisters. Mmes. Robert Kraemer, Joseph Goldstein, president and Miss George H. Davis, hostess of Uplifters party."
Photograph of typescript note accompanying photograph 21198/zz002dfx61, which appears to be misfiled, and reads, "Wives of California Bar Association – nat convention. Mmes. Benjamin F. Bledsoe, John Perry Wood and Fanchon Armitage."
Typescript reads: "Must we destroy 200 acres of cotton like this?" ask Mr. and Mrs. A.G. (Gus) Busby. The San Joaquin Valley cotton planter, pictured above with his wife and youngest son, (Eugene) Gene, has his life savings invested in a $14,000 cotton crop ready to be picked. Busby has fallen under the lash of the New Deal's Agricultural Adjustment Administration's cotton curtailment program. [words crossed out] A.G. (Gus) Busby, San Joaquin Valley cotton grower, who says he will lose his life savings if New Deal's Agricultural Adjustment Administration's cotton curtailment program forces him to plow under $14,000 of cotton crop, now ready to pick.
Photograph is image of letter, dated October 22, 1935, with official letterhead from the "United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration." The letter is addressed to cotton farmer, A.G. Busby, called Gus Busby in the related article. Busby's whole name was most likely, "Adam Gusty Busby," and was nicknamed "Gus". Less frequently under other records, he's been recorded as "Gusty A. Busby" as well. The article details how the federal New Deal rulings of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration have overreached, and possibly ruined Busby's livelihood as a cotton farmer. According to the story, the federal government discovered Busby leased a large portion of land he was not allowed to lease, and ordered him to plow most of his crop. The tone of the column is that of anti-big government and regulation. The pictured letter is the federal correspondence which informs him of not complying with his "contract."