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Alcan Highway – June 17, 1955 (58 years ago today)

June 17, 1955
Dear Honey:
    Today we slept a little longer, had breakfast — ham & 2 eggs $1.90.  Went over and picked up this weather man and then on to the telephone office.  The company here is owned by the City of Anchorage.  They have a nice plant here but are really bothered by growing pains.  Went down and picked up the new tire and then decided to put two more on so now we have 4 new tires and 5 new tubes.
    We walked up and down the business district and then drove down to the docks.  We saw them unloading barges and putting the stuff in trucks.  I talked to some of the dock hands and they were very friendly.  I saw an old freighter that had broken in two — the back end that has all the engines and motors were O.K. and the city of Anchorage had used it for some time to produce its electric power.  Went over to a fishery but they were not canning as they were out fishing today.  Due to the shortage of fish they go out two days a week so they can tomorrow but we will leave early in the morning for Fairbanks.
    It is now 5:30 P.M. and Bob has just taken an Enama [sic] <- hope you can make that out — it’s the first for anybody — but then Dad has his milk of something and you know me — I told Dad it was all in your diet and if you eat the proper foods you don’t get that way.  You should have heard him talk then.  Bob and I tease Dad every now and then — for instance — we saw a lake and said there should be good fishing in it — Dad said it wasn’t deep enough for thick ice and there couldn’t be any fish in it so now if it is a small stream or lake we say, well we just know there couldn’t be any fish in it.
    We just came back from taking the Jefferson’s out to dinner — had a good meal but first we had a drink in their home which was very nice.  They have a fine view overlooking the bay.  After eating we went out to a big airport and looked over the Weather Bureau and Dad was surprised to see so much equipment — Guess he always just figured that some fellow looked at the sky and said I guess it is going to be cloudy and colder tomorrow.
    We had planned to drive to Fairbanks tomorrow but on the way back to the motel Dad started worrying if we could get a place there.  Then he decided that with Saturday night we just couldn’t so I don’t know where we will be tomorrow night.
    Bob said he had never tried out the tent and this would be a good time to so Dad went to bed.
    Tell Butch and the dogs hello.
    Love,
    Emory
Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955

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