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Memorandum for General Arnold
May 14, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Mr. Sabath, Representative from Chicago, telephoned in regard to two matters:1
He heard your people were trying to locate hotels in Chicago. He states there are a number of hotels in the hands of receivers that could be obtained for very moderate sums if and provided you do not go to the Real Estate board, which is a Republican organization. As these are in the hands of receivers, it would be a very simple matter to take them over without serious involvements.
He commented very pointedly on the proposal he understood was under way to establish a Douglas plant in the Northwest, a “Nazi” section. He states that in the Calumet region the Ford Plant site is available with from two to three thousand acres and air field.2
I do not know anything else about this, but I told Mr. Sabath I would pass it on to your people.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Adolph J. Sabath, Democrat from Illinois and chairman of the Rules Committee, was dean of the House and chairman of the Cook County, Illinois, Democratic Central Committee.
2. Douglas located a cargo plane plant in Chicago and began production in mid-1943. (New York Times, July 19, 1943, p. 17.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 200.