Press Conference, July 15, 1927

Date: July 15, 1927

Location: Rapid City, SD

I was very much interested this morning to have a visit from a delegation of the National Woman’s Party. They are engaged in working for the Lucretia Mott amendment to the Federal Constitution providing a larger equality as I understand it between women and men than they think now exists. I was very glad to have them out here and hope the press will give it such publicity as it can.

Secretary Hoover will be out here in about two weeks or ten days. I don’t know when Secretary Work is coming. He is out in this country now, or is soon to arrive out here. I don’t think he has made any definite arrangement yet about coming to visit me. Do you know of any Mr. Sanders?

Mr. Sanders: He has not, Mr. President.

I don’t know when I am going to return to Washington. I should like to stay out here as long as I can. I hope the members of the press like it well enough so that they will be content to stay with me.

I am going down to the U.S. Experiment Station at Ardmore tomorrow. That is an experiment station in dry farming, as I have indicated. We have an irrigation project up in the northwestern direction, not very far from Belle Fourche, up in that region. I make that comment because of the question here as to whether there are any suggested assignments for vacation reporters. I think that you might be interested in looking at this experiment station for dry farming and in the irrigation project sometime while you are here and in writing on those two subjects.

I was very much interested to learn that Lloyd Bertaud and J. D. Hill, former Air Mail pilots are completing their preparations to make a flight from New York to Rome in a three motor Folkker plane which bears the designation “Old Glory” under the auspices of William Randolph Hearst. I certainly hope the flight may be successful. It is of interest to the Government because it is another possible demonstration of the efficiency of our air mail pilots. Lindbergh was one — I have forgotten whether any of those who flew with Byrd had been in the Air Mail service.

Mr. Lambert: Chamberlain was, Mr. President.

President: Yes.

It has been very pleasant to meet the people of this section since I have been out here. I have tried to see the people and have a chance to talk over with some of them the problems that they have. I hope it has been some advantage to me, as President of the United States, to get some first hand knowledge of these people and their problems. I do not find the people in the West however essentially different from those in the East.

Citation: Calvin Coolidge: Remarks by the President to Newspaper Correspondents

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of John Sullivan III who prepared this document for digital publication.

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