STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                Sept.14th.'58.
My Dear Betty [Healy]:
    Thanks your welcome letter 10th.inst. with enclosure of the plans for your new home - Am certainly happy to know you made the loan OK & will soon be under construction. I think its very smart to make that investment Betty, you certainly can't go wrong on a deal like that. You were wise too in retaining half of your property, that's a very good idea, a protection for you.
    The plan of the building is very interesting & certainly sounds very reasonable in cost. I like the addition of the windows in the bedrooms, & if I may suggest, I definitely think you should put in a 2nd. small bathroom (shower, toilet & wash basin), most of the new homes have that now that contain 3 bedrooms - its really [a] necessary convenience, especially in case of guests etc. even here in the Apt. we have this with only two rooms and a kitchen (our house on Franklin also has two bathrooms, & that was built about 15 years ago) the little extra expense is really worth it, & gives the house more value if you ever want to sell it - people with families require 2 bathrooms.
    The car port is very nice, but I frankly prefer a connected garage, firstly, in bad weather you are under cover to enter the house, & 2nd. it's nice to have a place to store things - trunks etc & as a work shop, also could at any time be converted into a playroom, & building a car port later on. I think its wise when building a place to give it all the 'selling' advantage you can, just in case.
    I sure wish you had started this when I left Franklin St. I could have given you such a lot of things in the way of furniture etc. which I sold for practically nothing, carpets, tables & chairs, settees & porch furniture, it would have saved you a lot of money.
    I saw the picture of 'Babe' on "Haggis Baggis" show, but missed the one of me, I do'nt particularly care for this show, so seldom look at it, in fact any of the quiz shows since the scandal of "Dotto" & "21", I understand the "64 thousand challenge" is now being investigated, its sure done them a lot of harm & I wouldn't be surprised to see them all taken off the air after this season.
    That was awful for Wayne having to work so many hours, that must have been a terrible strain on him, its wonderful to make that extra money, but his health is more important, he certainly could'nt keep that up for long, that's really too much, trying to hold down two jobs & working day & night, he sure deserves a lot of credit for his effort. Am glad to know he's quit one of the jobs & will get his proper rest - I understand your great concern over it.
    Note you've got a parakeet, I guess when he (or she) gets to know you he'll start talking a blue streak, they sure are cute birds & a lot of company.
    Will look forward to seeing you on your next trip down here, our phone is EXbrook 3-5656, but I guess you will wait 'till the house is finished, so you will know better just what you need in the way of furnishings.
    Eda joins in love & kind thoughts to you both & wish you lots of success with the new home, know you will be thrilled and happy with it.
    Bye Betty, Good luck & God Bless.
                As ever:
Stan Signature
PS. I heard a discussion the other night on TV regarding anyone building anything - be sure to get a COMPLETION BOND! to ensure yourself against being faced with any further cost after the place is finished. The case in question was, a guy had a swimming pool built & before it was finished he had fully paid the cost of it, the builder went broke due to unforeseen circumstances, & had'nt paid for the labor or materials & the owner had to pay all over again to complete the pool - he was held responsible - if he'd had a completion bond this would'nt have happened. Think you'd better check on this.

Note from the Editor

Haggis Baggis (1958-1959) was a photo identification TV game show, with players who won choosing between a “Haggis” luxury prize or a “Baggis” prize, which was more practical. A grid divided into 25 squares hid a picture of a celebrity. Contestants answered questions, and with every correct answer a square was taken away, revealing more of the picture.



STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN

                Sept.16th.'58.
Dear Mr & Mrs Arnold:
    Many thanks for your very nice letter.
Appreciated very much your gracious expressions.
    I too enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you both, & or course was delighted to see Gary, he's certainly a sweet little fellow & so interesting.
    Trust you all had a pleasant visit to the Southland & enjoyed seeing the sights - hope you had the opportunity to see "Disneyland", am sure Gary would have got a big kick out of that.
    Again thanks for your kind thoughts - greatly valued.
    My regards & best wishes always:
                Very sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.

PS. wish again to thank Gary for the prunes - Mrs Laurel enjoyed them so much, they were wonderful.

Note from the Editor

Disneyland opened to the public on July 18, 1955 in Anaheim, California. The highly successful theme park was the brainchild of Walt Disney, who won an Academy Award in 1932 for Flowers and Trees in the category of “Best Short Subject, Cartoons,” the same year Laurel and Hardy won for The Music Box in the category of “Best Short Subject, Comedy.”



OCEANA LETTERHEAD - 849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA - TYPEWRITTEN EXCERPT

                Sept.20th.'58.
Dear Gary [Arnold]:
                Thanks your nice letter,18th.inst.
I too enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you, it was certainly nice of your Mom & Dad to bring you down here, I was happy to see you.
    I did'nt know you had seen 'Disneyland' before, its too bad you did'nt see Pacific Ocean Park instead, its a new amusement park, not far from the hotel here & I understand it cost over 10 Million Dollars to erect - they say its a wonderful sight. Anyway, maybe you will be making another visit next year & will be able to see it.
    Interesting to note the courses you are taking in the 9th. grade, that should keep you plenty busy & wo'nt leave you much time for your Club activities, undoubtedly, you will have lots of home work to attend to.
    Yes, the weather is nice & cool here where we live, but it has been very hot in other sections of the City, especially out in the Valley, many days '95 to a '100 degrees & with it, lots of Smog, which you do'nt have in Fresno.
    All for now Gary, wish you lots of luck in the new term.
    My regards & best.
                Sincerely:-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Stan Laurel.

Note from the Editor

Disneyland opened to the public on July 18, 1955 in Anaheim, California. The highly successful theme park was the brainchild of Walt Disney, who won an Academy Award in 1932 for Flowers and Trees in the category of “Best Short Subject, Cartoons,” the same year Laurel and Hardy won for The Music Box in the category of “Best Short Subject, Comedy.”



Stan Watermark