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Family Affairs, 1918–1920

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Christmas 1918 found the Hoovers scattered across two continents. Bert remained in Paris, where he had a quiet Christmas with some of his staff members in their rented house at 19 rue de Lübeck. Lou and Herbert (known in the family as “Pete”), who had turned fifteen in August, celebrated the holiday in Palo Alto, California, where they had gone partly so that Lou could supervise planning for the family’s new house and partly because doctors had advised them that Herbert’s hearing, damaged during a bout of influenza earlier in the fall, might respond to a warm climate. He would attend school in Palo Alto during the spring.1

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  1. 3.
    Laurine Anderson Small to Lou Hoover, April 21, 26, 29, 1919, Lou Hoover Papers, Box 7, “Personal Correspondence, 1872–1920, Small, Laurine Anderson, 1919 March-June”; Lou Hoover to Laurine Small, ca. May 1, 1919, ibid., Box 7 “Small, Laurine Anderson, undated”; Anne Beiser Allen, An Independent Woman: The Life of Lou Henry Hoover (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000), 74–75.Google Scholar
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    Lou Hoover to Laurine Small, February 27, March 3, 1919, Lou Hoover Papers, Box 7, “Personal Correspondence, 1872–1920, Small, Laurine Anderson, 1919 March-June”; Lou Hoover to Laurine Small, ca. March 15, 1919, ibid., Box 7, “Personal Correspondence, 1872–1920, Small, Laurine Anderson, undated.” For the background of the lace program, see Nancy Beck Young, Lou Henry Hoover: Activist First Lady (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004), 25.Google Scholar
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    Edgar Rickard to Lou Hoover, June 25, 1919, Lou Hoover Papers, Box 7, “Personal Correspondence, 1872–1920, Rickard, Edgar, 1919”; Lou Hoover to Arthur B. Clark, July 12, 1919, reproduced in Birge M. Clark, Memoirs about Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hoover, with Particular Emphasis on the Planning and Building of Their Home on San Juan Hill (Palo Alto, CA: Privately printed, 1969)Google Scholar
  4. 15.
    A thorough and fascinating discussion of the house’s design, with excellent illustrations, is Paul V. Turner, Mrs. Hoover’s Pueblo Walls: The Primitive and the Modern in the Lou Henry Hoover House (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004)Google Scholar
  5. Ruth Dennis, The Homes of the Hoovers (West Branch, IA: Hoover Presidential Library Association, 1986), 35–36Google Scholar
  6. George H. Nash, Herbert Hoover and Stanford University (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution, 1988), 57–58.Google Scholar
  7. 18.
    “A Talk to the Students at Bryn Mawr at Luncheon, April 10, 1920,” Lou Hoover Papers, Box 3, “Subject File, Articles, Addresses & Statements, 1920, April 10, Bryn Mawr College Speech, Pennsylvania.” For further discussion of this topic, see Kendrick A. Clements, “The New Era and the New Woman: Lou Henry Hoover and ‘Feminism’s Awkward Age,’” Pacific Historical Review 73 (August 2004): 425–61.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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