A letter from DearSir was Shared!!
One of the very interesting mementos that Karen Benson shared at our last Dear Mad’m get together was to read a letter from Fred H. Crooks, Clear Creek, Siskiyou Co. Calif. written BY HAND at Clear Creek 5/12/57:
“Dear Mrs. Buck;
“Thanks for your nice letter, and I know Mrs. Patterson would have enjoyed it very much, but she passed away Dec. 23, 1955. She saw her book in print and had the fun of spending some of the money. The Norton Co. paid her $1,000.00 in advance royalties, the McCall’s Magazine paid $5,000.00 for the condensation, and the book is being published in England for which the English Co. paid 3,000.00 pounds at $2.87 per. But money didn’t mean much to her.
“The character writing this is known as DearSir in the book. I have tried to answer all the letters and cards that have come for Mrs. Patterson, but there has been hundreds and I am way behind, they have come3 from all over the U.S. and Canada and are still coming.
“Mrs. Patterson would have gotten a big thrill out of all the letters.
I have her dog Vicki she is 15 the 20th of this month.
“I am still mining every winter.
“Thanks again for your nice letter, enclosed is a picture of Mrs. Patterson and her dog Vicki when she was writing her story.
“Fred H. Crooks
“Clear Creek, Siskiyou Co. Calif.”