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To Colonel John L. Homer
April 15, 1936 [Chicago, Illinois]
I see you have been assigned to the office of the chief of your branch.1 I hope this is an agreeable arrangement; also, that the War College in September is still a possibility. Let me hear from you.
We are packing up preparatory to moving into a furnished house on the Monroe place adjacent to the Dunham Woods Riding Club—forty miles out, near St. Charles.2 We transfer May 1st and I will become a commuter. I don’t like this last much, but the outdoor life in the spring, early summer and fall makes it worth while. Mrs. Marshall and Molly will probably go up to the north woods for July and August, if I can ever persuade Mrs. Marshall. She has no idea of Illinois back country heat in the middle of the summer.
I hope Mrs. Homer is finding life pleasant and interesting in Washington. We often talk of you both.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Homer (U.S.M.A., 1911), formerly an instructor with the Illinois National Guard in Chicago (1929-35), and, at the time Marshall wrote, a student at the Army Industrial College in Washington, D.C., was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Coast Artillery effective July 1, 1936.
2. The Marshalls had been living in an apartment at 190 East Chestnut Street in Chicago. They were moving to a cottage—”ideally situated on an extensive and elaborately organized farm-estate” (Marshall to Major Harold E. Potter, May 27, 1936, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard])—at the White Gate Farm near St. Charles, Illinois. William S. Monroe, a mechanical engineer in Chicago, resided at the farm during the summer.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 492.