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This is a two-page letter from Mrs. W. T. Gammel of El Dorado to Governor Parnell in Little Rock, Arkansas, on January 12th, 1931, informing him of the destitute conditions in which her family is living, and appealing to him for aid.


El Dorado, Ark.
Jan. 12, 1931
Governor Parnell,
I am writing to you
because we haven't anything
to eat.
You are putting out money
to feed the people that
are in need. I went this
morning to get help and
I was turned down. I don't
know why -“ only this -“
the Salvation Army captain's
wife is mad at me, and
she told the investigating
committee something and
then they would not help
me, and we need help
if any one ever did. My
husband has not had any
work since the 15th of Nov.
he was working for the
state highway dept.
and we have 7 children
and no income at all
and all there is in our house
to eat just now is a little
flour and we haven't had
anything to eat but bread
for several days. We are
willing for our case to be
investigated, but they won't
ask any one but the Salvation
Army. Nor will they take my
word, please help us some
way, I live on south end of Tex Ave.
Mrs. W.T. Gammel

Physical Description

Two-page handwritten letter


Poverty; Food; Charity

Geographical Area

El Dorado, Union County (Ark.)




MS.000559, Box 3, Folder 4

Resource Type



Harvey Parnell papers supplement, MS.000559


Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter from Mrs. W. T. Gammel to Governor Parnell, 1931, Harvey Parnell papers supplement, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter from Mrs. W. T. Gammel to Governor Parnell, 1931