The Name - The Legend - The Man
by Suzanne Law Hawes
John was accepted to Notre Dame University in the fall of 1925, probably recruited because of his athletic ability. Knute Rockne was at Notre Dame, someone whom John greatly admired. Given that John was the son of a bricklayer who had four other children to support, it is hardly likely that the family paid for his college education.
A letter to his parents on September 17th, 1925 from NDU Freshman Hall says:
At left is an image of students at the barracks -like Freshman Hall in the 1920s. For more about Freshman Hall and a readable version of the top portion of the John Law letter, click either image here.
At left is an image of students at the barracks -like Freshman Hall in the 1920s.
For more about Freshman Hall and a readable version of the top portion of the John Law letter, click either image here.
Don't let the boys (his brothers) repeat any of this until you get my next letter. The probable reason why I manage to stand the gaff is the fact that I am descedent (sic) of the hardy Law stocků.
In the English class we were asked to write a composition. I chose as a subject "The Power of Music." It gained favorable comment from the Prof. He marked it 4 on a basis of 5.
Yesterday in the marketing class the Prof. talked about London and how a good many things were being Americanized over there at the present time. It certainly makes you feel as though you knew a little more than the rest whenever someone talks of European cities that you have visited.
I hardly think he was even in London so I though(t) I had the edge on him 'cause I was there and noticed the change myself. There is surely a benefit in traveling.
John included pictures he had taken of the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the crew (of his ship) with London Bridge in the background and
last of all is our wipers quarters. Only I can appreciate the splendor of this picture. Note the bottles, old shoes, newspapers and everything else which adds to the dumpish-like atmosphere. Number 8 [photo] is yours truly and my "mate" Linker on the forward deck. Winnie [John's brother] will see the search light that he noticed from the dock the last trip.
Another letter, dated July 2, 1927 with a letterhead of Dollar Steamship Line, says that:
I am writing this one day out of Yokohama in order that I may be able to mail it as soon as I get ashore. (The weather was a blanket of fog, taking twelve days from Seattle)
He also comments on the excellent food, saying that the meals are the "best of any of the ships I have been on yet.
The time will pass quickly after we make the first port for from there on its different ports with only a day or so in between. Our schedule runs something like this Yokohama, Kobe, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Manila then back to Hong Kong, Shang Hai, Kobe, Yokohama and then to Honolulu. From there to San Francisco.
In August of this trip he was promoted to Able Bodied Seaman and he was going to take the examination while they laid over in San Francisco for the AB's ticket.
There should probably be a letter from Rock but you had better keep it until I send for it. I don't have to look for an invitation this year.
Searching Sing for My Father by Dr. Robert L. Gold.
John B. Law was a member of the State Commission of Correction at the time of his death in 1962. To learn more about the SCOC, click its logo left to access its web site.
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