July 13, 1940
This is the first letter I have written to youse since leaving, and, although I have not yet become permanently settled, I can catch you up to me, at least.
I have noted a distinct interest in the two letters we have received from Dad about how far we traveled each day. I shall give you our itinerary, but first will qualify it by admitting that Ced might have told you already. I have left everything to him when it came to writing home while I (blush) have written only to Barbara.
(This is a list of all the places they slept on the trip)
Thursday, June 13, Kane, Pa.
June 14, Draz’s barn, Chagrin Falls, Wisc.
June 15, Grain Field, Walworth, Wisc.
June 16, Peabody Farm, Wisc.
June 17, Frank Peabody’s, St. Paul, Minn.
June 18, Badlands, S. Dak.
June 19, Wildcat, Wyo.
June 20, Gillespie’s, Missoula, Mont.
June 21, Blewett’s Pass, Washington
June 22, Seattle, about noon. Slept on beach first night.
June 23 – 25, YMCA Hotel, Seattle
June 26 – 28, Inland Passage, arrived Ketchikan
June 29, arrived at Juneau 4:30 A.M.
June 30, arrived Cordova
July 1, arrived the Valdez
July 2, arrived Seward, took train to Anchorage.
July 2 – present, Anchorage (2 – 7 at Anchorage Hotel; 7 – present at Hopkins Hotel).
Our first afternoon in Anchorage we found Mr. Stohl who was tersely polite upon learning that we were friends of Rusty, but he said there was nothing for us at the mine but he was sure we could find work in Anchorage. We went to a few of the offices, and learned that new arrivals from the “outside” (Cheechakos) were not being accepted on the Government’s Air Base project, since there was an ample supply of Alaskans who were looking for work, but it should not be hard to find other employment. We registered at the Employment Office, and were told that the Rail Road was advertising for men, their employees having left to get better wages with the Air Base. So Ced and I went down to the RR office next AM, underwent a physical examination, and were told that we could go to work after the Fourth. In the meantime, we discovered that any man who worked on the RR could not quit for a job on the Air Base, and no man who had quit the RR could return later! It seemed best, then, to post – pone the RR job until we had exhausted the other possibilities.