FIRST LADY MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/05/1968 - HFSID 295468
Sale Price $216.00
MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER
Letter to a friend with handwritten postscript, discussing her grandson's wedding and other family matters, written from Walter Reed Hospital three months before Ike's death
Typed Letter signed: "Love to you & Muriel,/Mamie Eisenhower", 1 page, 6½x9. Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1968 December 5. To "Dear Frances" [Strecker], Glencoe, Illinois, in full: "Thank you for your recent letter from Denver where you were spending Thanksgiving with your mother and for all the clippings which you put in about the children and so forth. Naturally, we are all excited about Julie and David's wedding and I have great hopes that I will be able to attend. It all depends on how well Ike is feeling. Anne's wedding was a very lovely affair. I motored up and back in the same day which was really very enervating for me. If I can go to New York, I will have to take two days and two nights. I talked to Barbie last night. Her mother has had a heart attack and her father had a stroke. They are both very ill people and Colonel Thompson is in the hospital. Poor Barbie is so worried about them. She flew down to Gainesville to see if she could help out with getting a housekeeper". Accompanied by original mailing envelope. On July 1, 1916, 25-year-old Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) and 19-year-old Mamie Geneva Doud (1896-1979) were married in Denver, Colorado. They had two sons: Dwight Doud Eisenhower (1917-1920) and John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (born in 1923). As an Army wife for 37 years, Mamie grew accustomed to entertaining groups of influential people, a talent she drew upon during her eight years as the White House hostess (1953-1961). In their 53 years of married life, the Eisenhower's lived in 33 homes; their last in Gettysburg was the only home they owned together. During Ike's final illness, Mamie moved into Walter Reed Army Hospital to be with him during the final months of his life. "Barbie" was the Presidential couple's daughter in law, Barbara (Thompson) Eisenhower), married to son John. David Eisenhower, President Eisenhower's grandson was married to Richard Nixon's daughter Julie on December 22, 1968. Dwight D. Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969. From the collection of George Strecker, an advertising executive at the Chicago Tribune who became close to the Eisenhower's through his wife, Frances, a long-time friend with Mamie Doud Eisenhower. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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