Gramp wrote the letter below to dad on September 5, 1951, the date of which was important because dad was still in the hospital recovering from his July 10, 1951 motorcycle accident. This was the first in a series of letters shared with my dad, going back into his dad Allen's past. Knowing what I now know both from what I remember of stories told and recently old letters read, this series of letters was about reflection and healing for the both of them.
Dad's time in the hospital was long, his number of drawn out days and visitors over those days were many. I have a scrapbook here with literally hundreds of cards and letters at the end of which are many letters from attorneys, the Vet's Hospital in Minneapolis, State Court in Superior, Wisconsin about the lawsuit that took months and finally years to settle. Interesting now for me to look back on, knowing that as a very young Coop most of it managed to be in my parents' past by the time I might have been able to be aware.
My focus here is to point out why Gramp was reviewing his past, this very beginning a part of his story I don't ever remember hearing about in numerous, repeated stories that mostly focused on the machines and less so on the absolute beginning circumstances.
I thought about running this through OCR, something I haven't done now for years and was once all too experienced at when I was pulling legacy documentation into a digital system for my employer. Anyway, it's probably better that I let Gramp's typing stand on its own.
Here are 2 screen grabs of the scan of that first letter of which there were 6 in all over the span of a couple of weeks. It would be months of P.T. before dad came home and I have to believe that these history lessons helped in that recovery.
Dad made the paper and some years later, his attorney left Wisconsin for Washington.