This past Saturday was the 138th Kentucky Derby. The thoroughbred I’ll Have Another won the run for the roses. The winner of the 56th Kentucky Derby in 1930 was Gallant Fox, who went on to win the Triple Crown. Gallant Knight finished second and Ned O. finished third.
This is correspondence Mary wrote to Jim on her trip with her Dad to the Fairmount Derby at Fairmount Park near St. Louis. The winner in 1930 was Gallant Knight.
Wondering if Mary bet on Gallant Knight with Jim in mind? Either way, she clearly picked the winner and wouldn’t have another!
Postmark St. Louis, MO
May 16, 1930 10 PM
Well, I am about half gone I think-I wrote you a letter today and lost it somewhere. You get it but again you may not.
Jim-Henry is going home tonight. He is driving down with some boys. He has talked to me twice lately. He will be with Helen alright. I think maybe Henry is in a good humor now.
Jim-I am writing this while waiting to leave for St. Louis.
We have a nice big Drawing Room on a special car. So, we couldn’t be fixed better. I hope we have as big a time as we are counting on. Dad and I are pals when it comes to sports. Mother just looks on and says nothing.
Margaret Enloe couldn’t get a pass. So she didn’t come. She sent some money for me to bet. I am not going to put up much just enough to say. I have won or lost on the Derby.
I surely wish you were going. We would have a big time. Henry wants me to call him tomorrow night and I think he wants to take us for a ride.
The party last night was grand such good food and so much fun. All the girls were really happy for some reason and it was a gay party.
I hope that you have a grand time at home and don’t have to work too hard at school next week. I’ll write or send you a night letter for Sunday. I may send it to Columbia.
Remember me to your Mother and Father and Bill.
Postmark St. Louis, MO
May 18, 1930 9 PM
We are on our way home. It was certainly a grand trip. We won on every race a little-but one-it was all so much fun I didn’t mind the loss of 2.00-
It didn’t rain but a little and wasn’t hot either. The weather was fine for a good race. I called Henry about 9:00 P.M. also at 7:30 Couldn’t get him. Finally when I did his father said he had gone down town.
Jim-I am going to a party every night this week I think unless I turn down the one Wednesday.
Have you heard from Henry? I think he is alright now-but believe he is angry at his girl-because he wasn’t going to be with her that all. I couldn’t find out. Please don’t mention it to him though.
I imagine you will be plenty busy this week. I’m sure I will. If you don’t hear it is because I couldn’t get time to write.
This weather today looks bad for May. Maybe I won’t have to take the children out for a picnic this year.
It’s almost train time so must quit.