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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -September 9, 1934. Hyde Park, New York. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead with original transmittal envelope.
    -To: Mr. William Diehm, Pasco, Washington.
    -Fold, light marginal stains.

    FDR writes, "I have just learned that you have been suffering from infantile paralysis. I do hope you will keep up your courage and that you may soon be much improved. I am sorry that I did not have an opportunity to see you at Wallula." Diehm would, however, get to see Roosevelt eventually. A 1937 copy of the KBU Circle, published by the Kinman Business University of Spokane, has a picture of Diehm on its front page and states that the had recently met with the president while the latter was touring the Grand Coulee Dam.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt. Typed Letter Signed. One page (quarto), The White House, Washington, September 9, 1934, to Billie Diehm of Pasco, Washington, with original transmittal envelope, where FDR sends his personal words of courage to a young man afflicted with infantile paralysis. FDR writes: "My dear Billie:/ I have just learned that you have been suffering from infantile paralysis. I do hope you will keep up your courage and that you may soon be very much improved. I am sorry that I did not have an opportunity to see you at Wallula./ My best wishes to you./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Also contained with this letter from FDR is an original edition of The KBU Circle addressed to Billie Diehm at the Y.M.C.A. in Spokane, Washington, dated December 16, 1937, some three years after the date of FDR's letter to Billie, which contains a news story on the front page chronicling the fact that Billie finally did have an opportunity to meet FDR on his tour to the Grand Coulee Dam and Spokane, Washington. Next to a black and white photograph of Billie, the article reads: "Mr. Diehm was introduced to the President by Congressman Knute Hill, Fourth District Representative, and Senator Schwellenbach." The KBU Circle was published by students of the Kinman Business University of Spokane, Washington. A personal and heartfelt message from one victim of poliomyelitis to another. A very personal letter.



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