View of E. F. Smith's Market on E. 103rd St. in Watts after a fire, with hoses draped on the wet street and sidewalk in front. The fire started when a vat of boiling grease at Watts Cut-rate Bakery, next door on the right, exploded during the Long Beach earthquake. Sav-way Drug Store is on the left at 1714 103rd St.
View of a Bank Of America building damaged by the Long Beach earthquake. Parts of the corner facade are missing and the corner portion is partitioned off and supported with beams on the left. Signs read "... of America," "Open for Business," "Bank Building Open," and "Rothwell Optical Co."
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."