Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Land By The Dam and the Electrical Storm

August 12, 1943

Dear Mother,

It sounds like you might have hit on something pretty good. When the dam is completed it looks like the complete west side of the land should be on or very near the lake's edge. From the sounds of it the building site is a natural, on a ridge overlooking the river. If the lake backs up as expected the building site would be right on the lake shore.
The lower 160 could be kept for a while. Maybe the land nearest the water could be sold at a neat profit a little later. Extra timber land is always nice to have. It can be cut as timber or kept and used for hunting or possibly mining.

I say get that land if at all possible before the price is raised. At $2 an acre that sounds like a steal to me. The location is excellent also, right down in that park section where all the spring parks are that we visited. If you can do business well hop to it.

Sunday we are going swimming at Lake Mead near Boulder City. I don't know just how far that is from Boulder Dam, but it sounds like it should be fairly close. It's a long ride up there but I hope it's worth it.

This must be the rainy season around here. We had another rain yesterday. This rain was accompanied by an electric storm that wasn't so pleasant. The lightening struck a vehicle about a hundred yards from where I was standing. There was seven men around the vehicle and one in it. The seven around the vehicle were knocked out some of them in bad shape. The one in the vehicle was just scared a little. I learned that it doesn't pay to stand too near vehicles during storms.

Say will you write to Illinois and see if you can get my birth certificate for me? I might transfer out of the ninth division to the air corp. Even to transfer you have to have a birth certificate.

I got to go now.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

That Place In the Ozarks Aug 5, 1943

Aug. 5, 1943

Dear Mother

That piece about the Ozarks just about hits the nail on the head. It sounds about like some of the places we got into back around that part of the country. I wish I was back there wading in one of those streams right now.

The camp those boys got lost from is about a hundred miles from us. They were in the same place we are going to take part of our training. The men that died wandered off from the rest when their officer went to get water and help. This country out here is very deceiving, you can see for miles yet you can pass within a few hundred yards of a complete division and never see them if they don't move. The main danger is not being lost but running out of water before reaching some habitation.

I'm sort of anxious to hear about your trip into the Ozarks. Is there anything interesting down there? That one place you mentioned where the government is building the dam sounds very interesting. If a person could get ahold of someplace like that early before the dam was built and too many had moved in he might have a nice place. It would be well worth looking into.

After thinking it over I think you might just as well hang on to the car. It comes in handy for you guys getting groceries and taking little trips on weekends. I might even get to use it again after all this desert playing is over. I hope.

We just got paid the other day. Everybody's got money and no place to spend it. When this bunch gets to town again she'll be a wild time in the old town. I'm enclosing twenty dollars, I won't be tempted to spend it IF I get a pass to Las Vegas in the near future.

That's all for now.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Summer Has Arrived - Aug 1, 1943

Aug. 1, 1943

Dear Mother,

I guess that's good news to most people. The discontinuation of coffee rationing. Have they turned sugar loose yet? I understand they intend to but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Wonders will never cease. The other morning it actually rained. It's the first rain sense we left Kansas. The rain came down pretty hard for about a half hour. After that it got hot again.

I told you in previous letters about the weather we had out here, well that cool weather is gone and summer is here for sure. The nights have quit cooling off as they did in the beginning of our stay.

Last Sunday we went swimming. I don't think anybody enjoyed themselves too much. The water in the lake was too warm for enjoyment, and the ride home! The wind blowing thru the truck was just like air from a blast furnace. This past week the temperature has varied between a hundred and twenty to one hundred and fifty seven. Just between you and me that's hot!

It's a good thing the car isn't out here now I guess. If it was it would just sit out in the sun and rot. The big shot really cut down on our time off. No one will go to town during the week. From five o'clock Saturday night to midnight Sunday twenty-five percent are allowed out. Each man is allowed one three day pass in the next thirteen weeks and all fourloes are canceled. So a car is almost useless.

Did you go out sightseeing over the weekend? If so did you see anything of interest? I hope we find something soon before I spend all my money in Las Vegas.

Well my watch went bad again. I think it's the balance staff that went out again. This time I'm going to put it away and forget I ever had it. Maybe one of these days I can save enough to buy one of the water and dust proof watches.

I tank I take a shower, maybe cool off a bit, no.