Eisenhower's Busy and Contented Days at Gettysburg. July 7, 1961 Issue
Visit to a Famous Farmer

For Dwight D. Eisenhower-walking around his Gettysburg farm the severing stroke of retirement should be more-shattering than for most men who are cut off from a consuming life's work. No longer are Ike's days filled with the awesome power and decisions of a General of the Army or a U.S. President–nor is his way smoothed by a retinue of aides. To see how he is doing, an old friend from white House days, Life photographer Edward Clark, went to visit the Eisenhower farm and produced the warm document shown on these pages. The still busy general, Clark found bristle with energy. He keeps a weather eye on his 190 acre farm a big operation with nine men and a herd of more than 30 purebred Aberdeen Angus. Ike is very proud of the farm, and his august guests—including the recent ones. General Alfred Gruenther, ex-AEC head Lewis Strauss. Clement Attlee get guided tours. In his Gettysburg office the former President spends eight hours-a-day, writing his memoirs, answering mail, seeing visitors. The letters come 200 a day--requests from former top aides for opinions (which he gives); invitations to speak at dedications, conventions (which he usually declines); demands (which he never sees) that he march on Washington and throw Kennedy out of the White House before it's too late. 

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