Interesting two-page typed letter from the Lathrop Law Firm of in Rockford, Illinois dated October 8th 1928. The writer of the letter is one Edward P. Lathrop to his young college daughter Roberta Lathrop who is attending to Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Counselor Lathrop comments on the Presidential race of Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. In particular he responds to his daughters claim in previous correspondence that Southern Beauties say that Mr. Hoover is being backed by bootleggers. In addition the newspapers state that the gentler sex is becoming bootleggers as well. And that the old aristocratic southern Democrats say that is true, that is the bootleggers are supporting Hoover and therefore Smith will be defeated then it must be that the Aristocratic South is still democrats and that the virtuous Republicans will not be able to break through the solid South. He personally states he is a still a high bound Republican and stayed with the ticket in 1912 instead of following off with the Bull Moose Crowd. Mr. Lathrop comically describes his wife’s experience on their farm and comparing the cackling and hissing geese to the saving of Rome.
The letter is well written and illustrates the mood and political sentiment of the nation during the Herbert Hoover and Al Smith presidential race. Interesting to note that in just one-year from the time to this letter was written the great crash on Wall Street occurred on October 29th 1929.
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Roberta Monk (born Lathrop) married Howard Monk. His occupation was Advertising Executive. They had 2 children: Nancy Ferguson (born Monk) and one other child.