‘I Remain as Ever …’ Letters from Bob

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Transcribed by Markoff Chaney

Lake Creek

Saratoga, Wyo.

June 11, 1920

Dear Sister:

I am home now; and I get hear all write.

How are you and the other sisters now?

The Wind is blowing out hear now.

I am sick with the mumps now.

Robert said hollow to you.

I here is snow on the mountains now.

I here is a lot of snow in the river now.

I get home safe now.

The dog is asleep now.

*****

Academy H.C. J.

Cheyenne, Wyo.

[UNDATED]

Dear Robert

Hello, Robert, how are you making out this year?

We are having a fine lot of fun, I tell you. We had a School Holiday on Friday and we went out to the prairie right after our breakfast and we had all kinds of sports until about twelve o’clock and then we had our dinner, sandwiches and coffee in the park.

All of the day Scholars were up for the sports, too, and the Sisters came up to the field in automobiles and they watched the races.

After the sack race, and the three-legged race, and the five-legged race, Reverend Mother gave a prize to each of the winners. Joe Hoeriskey got a box of chocolate candy and the other boys and girls got good prizes, too.

I cannot tell you all the fun we have this year. You would like to be here alright. We go out to the air plane station that is built now up on the prairie and we watch the planes land.

They carry the mail you know and we use the wireless stations just near our old playground up there on the prairie where we had the races. We have nine boarder boys but some more are coming this week and we sure wish that you would come old kid Meyers. Won’t your mother let you?

We are going to have moving pictures and we are going to have a play on Wednesday night. We had a dance on Friday night and we all us boys went.

James Scott, one of the new boys had a birthday party last week. We had ice cream and cake and candy.

Justin and Wyeth and all the boys say Hello! To you.

Your old friend

George Taylor

*****

Convent H.C.J.

Cheyenne

[UNDATED]

Dear Mother,

I will be glad to go home and see the puppy and the sheep at Christmas time.

I want to see you and I guess we will have a whole lot of fun and a very happy time to gether.

You must write me a little pretty often. You know what you said.

I want to see you and I guess we will have a whole week of good time.

Dear Mother I am very swell and Josephine is getting on friendly too. She will sure be glad when we can both can go home for Christmas time. I and all the boys are having fun here. We had a good show yesterday. Dear Mother I send you a lot of love and kisses.

Your loving boy,

Robert F. Meyers

*****

Saratoga Wyo

Dec. 2- 1936

Dear Mother:

Say there was a man here to see me here a few days ago.

He was a Lawyer from Sidney, Nebraska, his name was Mr R. P. Kepler may be your know him, he came up to see me about the old man and his place.

Now here is what the old man wants to give me his place on these conditions that I burey him when he dies and take over the morgage on the place which is $1.000 Dollers on a twenty year loan.

I went down to see him over the 4th of July and there he sets on a dry land farm with a creek full of water running through it. I looked it over and I can water 50 acres in 24 hours and I told him so. What do you think about it, have you got any objections if you have say so.

Emma Meyers is dead you new her, and I met that cousin of mine Elizebeth and her husband who is the printer in Potter. Gus Meyers is dead, and I met Ed Meyers and I kind of like him.

There is about a foot of snow here and it has been 10 below already.

I have rented the house for a year to a man who has a bunch of bees. He wanted it for longer but I said just a year at a time Also if you come back to town you can collect the rent until his lease is up then you can rerent it to him or take it your self

Well so long Bob

*****

Jefferson Barracks Mo.

Dec 19-42

Dear Mother,

I received your cake it was fine I guess I could not eat any of it but the boys with me here sure thought it was grand.

I never received my razor did it come back to you, I sure hope it is not lost it should have been here by now.

They are trying to help me, but so far I have got no relief for my stomach. They did find out what is the matter with my stomach though.

I will try to explain what it is because it is probably the same trouble you have, the Doctors say it might be hereditary.

There are glands in my stomach that produces a certain kind of gastric acid for every kind of food I eat it injects the acid into your [MISSING PIECE] according to the taste of [MISSING PIECE] put in your mouth, by [MISSING PIECE] little glands, for instance [MISSING PIECE] was a gland for that certain taste puts a certain acid befor you are through chewing it to digest it it gets in to your stomach. Well they did not give me anything to eat or drink for 24 hours not even a drink of water then they put a hose in my stomach and pumped up the liquid in my stomach and tested it then they pumped a quart of alcohol in my stomach and left it there for 1 hour then pumped It out and tested it there was not a trace of acid in the stuff they took out of my stomach, so they told me it almost all of my gastric glands have dried up, so they told me to eat a big meal and then they fed me serval kinds of artificial acids but it did not work, I had convulsions, and they pumped everything out of me to bring me out of it it is hell on me but it is worth it cause I am really finding out a few things. They told me if I had found out about these gland’s 5 years ago they might have brought them back to life but it is very doughtfull now.

At the present time I am living on bread and milk untill they decides on the next move, they told me they are not through with me yet. Well that is all for that Here is some thing you will have to do, you be sure and have those Keyes to my deposit box at the Bank where you can get them in a hurry some times after the first of January “about the 5th I think.” You will have to open My deposit for Healey so he can collect a note against Mr Mrs. George Graf which is due them. If Grafs ever come to you about it you go with them to Healey and open the box for Healey he will take care of it but you will have to open the box and close it Healey is not allowed to do it himself.

I got a package form Mr Mrs Holland it was very nice the boy’s sure enjoyed it, I could not eat any of if myself.

I was going to have a few pictures taken and send you and Holland one for Cristmas but they told me I could not go out of the Hospital for any reason, they got a good argument for keeping me here to, they got all my cloths exept a pair of pajamas and a bath robe,

Well guess I will close for now I will be here for some time yet

As ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O Box 211 BJL Const. Co.

Anchorage Alaska

[UNDATED]

Dear Mother

Received your letter in which you said, my Boxes got home safe and sound, and in which you said I had some mail at Saratoga.

I want you to send me all those letters from A.P.O. 729 Seattle Washington, send them all to me here. I have not seen Rusty Fryer yet, I don’t think he can get on the Miitary reservation here to see me any how.

I am sending you a $100. Dollars.

No I am not running a shovel right now, I am running a Barge Crane, in the Harbor at Anchorage unloading Ships, I don’t like it like running Shovel, but I do what I am told, and because I still get a kind of sence of satisfaction out of relizing how far I have come from a Ranch and a Shit fork. Thats’ all I ever knew at Saratoga. Well will close for now

I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

Sept 19-1947

Box 211 C/O B.J.L.

Anchorage Alaska

Dear Mother

Just a few lines to let you know I am all right. I got your letter saying you got my package. Did you get my letter telling you I saw Rusty Fryer and Don Draper, Draper sold his pickup truck to get out of here on. All Draper and his wife do are to hang around the Saloons in Anchorage so I can see where they don’t think much of Alaska. They can’t figure out why I like it up here, and how I make so much money. I tried to talk Rusty in to staying, but I think they are afraid of the country, the trees leaves are turning yellow and the snow is on the Mountain peaks already but in Anchorage the yards are still green.

The old lady that does my laundry gave me a couple of flowers to send to you, a poppy, and a sweet pea.

I don’t know if my job will last all winter or not, but will stay as long as I can. No we don’t do our own cooking, we have a army Mess hall here, have a good place to live if it gets cold so don’t worry. This next week I will send another package home.

Give Hollands, and Stales my regards if you see them, well guess I will close for now, as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F. Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash

July 8-49

Dear Mother:

Say I got a leter from Montgomery Ward Co. Saying, that Refrigerator was to be delivered to you at Saratoga prepaid, and you say you paid Shaw for hauling it from Denver to Saratoga. You go see Shaw and ask him what the hell is the matter. According to Montgomery Ward $6.86 cents was included in the price they made me. I got a letter right her saying that refrigerator was to be delivered to your home for $303.26, and to day I got a letter from Montgomery Ward Co, with a refund of 65 cents and saying that refrigerator cost $289.95 plus $5.80 tax, plus $6.86 transportation to Saratoga. if you don’t see about this, I am going to write to Shaw and raise hell.

I got a letter from Healey with a water bill from Bertie Walker for water from 1943-to-1949. Healey wanted to know if I wanted it payed and I wrote and told Healey not to pay Walker a damn cent.

Will close for now.

How you are all right

I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F. Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash

August 5-1949

Dear Mother:

Thought maybe I better answer your last letter.

You said you got two long wooden boxes, well I never told you about them because they told me it would take 6 weeks till the next boat left Seward Alaska. They must have got out over the Alaska-Hiway. The two boxes have one floursent Electric lights in each of them. A four bulb light for the front room and a three bulb light for the middle room. If you want them put up you will have to get a Electrician to do it, and you will need 2 hooks to screw in the ceiling and some light chain to hold each one to the ceiling, if you want to, maybe young Shaw, can do it, I don’t know. You could go see him if you like you better find out what it will cost you first. Did you hear any more out of Bert Walker and his water bill. The weather is getting cold up here already and a lot of work is closing down already.

I am glad your Refrigerator is working all right. I sent all those papers back to Montgomery Ward to find out why I had to pay freight twice, but have not heard form them. I am sending you one hundred Dollars, be sure and let me know if you get it cashed all right. Well guess I will close for now I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash

[UNDATED]

Dear Mother:

I received your letter a few days ago with the watch spring in it. Yes the spring fit all right and the watch runs just as good as ever. I have repaired a lot of machinery repairing that watch was about the tuffest job I ever performed in my life. I also received some news papers you send. And I saw where Winthrop Conduit was up in Candada and named a lake and river to. I heard on the radio tonite, that they are having a Blizzard in Wyoming, and Colorado, and -15 below zero too. It has only been -3, below zero up here so far this winter, and about a foot of snow. You know I bought you a flexibly armed, floursent table lamp for you to read by, but if I send it to you Joe will probably smash it if she gets mad, so do you want me to keep it, till you go back to Wyoming, or send it to you now. I received a letter from Hollands they sent me a hand painted neck tie, and a sprig of sage bush and he told me about the big wheat fields on the Mid-Way flat that used to be sage bush. Well I guess I will close for now I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Washington

August 2-1950.

Dear Mother:

I don’t know what is going on in Saratoga or what you are doing. I wrote you, also Mr Dillon, your Mayor of Saratoga over two weeks ago and, you, or Mr Dillon, never even answered my letters,

So I am going to write you again, and tell you, several things you better do, for your own good, if you don’t want to answer this letter you don’t have to. So long as you and Mr Dillon wont answer my letters, there seems no way to meet the September 1st deadline for having plumbing in the house, so, if you want to live in Saratoga later than September 1st, you better rent your self a room at a hotel, or get a small apartment to live in, as long as you stay in saratoga after September first. You see that a letter or notice in writing is delivered to Mr Dillon, to the effect that the house you live in will be vacant until such a time as I can get plumbing put in to it effective September 1st 1950.

In the mean time I will try to get some body to find out for me what, you cant seem to do. If you have any idea of not paying any attention to that city ordinance you are a fool, as I think it will stick, and is legal.

So don’t get any smart ideas over this as you will just be making yourself a lot of trouble and me too. I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F. Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash

November 10-1950

Dear Mother:

I received your letter of November 1-1950 with the carnation in it and put it in the water and it opened a little. You wonder about that picture, I sent you at my worst. I had just came home, after being out on the road for about 10 day’s, and had not Shaved for two weeks and I looked pretty ruff. Yes that picture was of me on a Crane, that was painted red. My room mate is a Photography expert for the Army Engineer, and he practices, some experimental pictures on me. He says your can take colored pictures with your camera so get this, it is a special film which makes the color. You go to a Fhotography Shop in Oakland and ask for a roll of KodA-COLOR film for the size of your camera. Thease pictures cost about 4 times as much to print as, Black and white pictures do, so you will find they are a lot more expensive than the old kind. and you need a real bright sunny day, and always have your back to the sun so what you take a picture of has no shade, or shadow in it. Also the Eastman Kodak Co. are the only company that can print those pictures, so you have to take your film ((after you have exposed it)) back to the store you bought the film from, as there are only two or three cities in United Stats that the Eastman Kodak Co have shops to print these pictures. So you take your exposed film of Kodak Color back to the store you bought it in, and they will send it to one of Eastman Kodak Co’s Developing Shops for you. You go to a Photo shop in Oakland, and they will probably tell you a little more about it, as I am speaking from the Alaskan angle.

People are not saying much about the war but, every is prepared for it, but I think people worrie more in the stats than we do about it up here.

Several people have died of Polio here recently but I don’t here so much any more though.

Well guess I will close for now I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash

Sept 6-1950

Dear Mother

I received your letters of August 31. and September 1. and I don’t see what you got all excited about Paul Breniman for, I never said he wanted the house you live in. If I can’t tell you some thing like that with out you getting all up in the air I just wont tell you any thing, any more. Sure, Healy would like to sell me some things, also, buy some things from me But I have no intention of ever selling your home or any of the land in front of the house you live in, I kind of like to keep Henry Flohr and Bert Walker fenced in like they are now. You know Healy and Kerman have tried to sell me the Neal Harden Ranch, at the Saratoga, West. For $30,000 Dollars. But I have no intention of buying it. I told you to tell Mrs Gray, I was not interested in any Ranch a the present time. Those ranches are not worth ½ what they ask for them, so it kind of amuses me.

It has snowed a little here all ready, and the trees are all turning yellow, and gold. I have been busey diging gun emplacements for coast Artillary covering Anchorage harbor. Every body is calm but the Army is sure prepared up here, to give a good account of its self. I cant send any packages express be cause there is no express office available to me. I bought a high pressure turbin Electrict water pump from the Army surplus property office here, for $15.00, and took it to peices and sent it to you parcel Post, it will cost $10.00 for postage to send them to you at Saratoga, but the same out fit in Montgomery Ward Co. would cost $150.00, so you see why I sent those packages to you.

Well I am sending you some money so I guess I will close for now

as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash

Feb. 22-1951

Dear Mother,

I guess you thought I was ever going to write but, I have been out on the Aleutian Islands for about 4 weeks, I was at the Pribilof Island of Saint Paul for a week where in the summer the U.S. Government catches all their fur seals; then I went to Dutch Harbor for about 3 weeks to a old Naval Base to load a steam ship with machinery to go to Japan, I got back last friday nite. Yes I got your cristmass package It is still snowing and cold here. About the War, the Army and civilian authorities have taken all the precautions that are possible, and go about there business as usale, I think you people in the states worry more than the people do up here. I am sending the ticket folder from my ticket to Dutch Harbor it has a little map on it, so you can figure out where it is at. you can also see the places where I forked be for. That Picture I sent you that you think is a negative, is not a negative but a picture itself, and it is a picture of the cab of a crane, not a box car. You know Ma I have found out what caused those Terrific head aches I used to have. Last fall I got a kink in my back from stretching so I went to a carpractic Doctor to fix it. He put a vertabra back in place in my back. While he was working on me I told him about my head aching so much. So he looked at my neck and said no wonder. he said I had a vertabra out of place in my neck, at the base of my skull. He said it had been out for a good many years. It was hard to put back in place, and does not stay in very good, as it has been out so long.

It keeps coming out all the time, about every time he puts it back in place it seems to stay in a little longer, the Doctor says it will stay in eventually all the time. he says I cant expect to correct some thing in a week that has been wrong for 15 years. The minute it comes out my head starts to ache; but it is sure heavenly between head aches. I guess to many horses fell on me when I was a kid. This Doctor can stop the worst worst head ache I ever had in 60 seconds flat. That is more than the U.S. Army could ever do for me. Well will close

as ever Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O district Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash.

April 18-1951

Dear Mother:

Received your letter a few days ago so will answer. I heard the reception for General McArthur nite before last at San Francisco and he sure must be well thought of. He seems to be a lot more popular than Truman or any other Government official I ever heard of.

When the News came up here, that Truman relieved General McArthur, the war jitters really hit Alaska. The civilian population and the Army were very calm up here, till Truman relieved McArthur, then there was damn near a panic, every body is scared shit-less. The people do not seem to have any faith in Truman, or any body in the U.S. Government now. Lots of people did not like McArthur, but they had all the confidence in the world in his Military ability. Stalin must be very happy, Truman got rid of the one man that Stalin could not get rid of. Well I guess I talked enough about McArthur. Say when you go back to Saratoga, this spring for Gods sake don’t go on a buss, go to the Mole Depot and catch the Streamliner, “City of San Francisco” to Rawlins, it is the one I went on the time I went back, you don’t have to change trains or get off get a berth and go to bed in it. It stops in Rawlins about 3 minutes to change Engin crews, so you can get off, even though it is not a schedule stop, and it only costs about Six Dollars more than a buss.

I don’t ask you for much, so do some thing to please me once. You are going to die on one of those damn busses if you don’t wake up. Say when you get to Saratoga, “If you want one” go to Shirley’s and pick out the finest Electric cook stove he has then go to the R.E.A. Electric office and see if the stove will work on the kind of Electricity they furnish to our house, Then write me what it will cost and I will send you the money.

Well guess I will close for now —

I remain as ever Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle Wash.

Feb. 26-52

Dear Mother

As I have not wrote for a long time I thought I would write a few lines. to let you know I am all write so far. I received your Valentine card some time ago. About my trouble with the army Engineer, I was exonerated by a investigating committee, of any wrong doing, but if I ever get my money back is another question, as the Government investigating committee found that all the Government agency’s up here were short thousands of Dollars, with no record of where it went or what became of it. about the first of may I am going to leave this job with the Army Engineers and find a job with a civilian contractor some where. I have not been able to collect any salary since october 1 – 1951, The Government has tried to find out where I am getting the money to live on, and where my money is hidden, but they never have found out. So all they were able to tye up was my wages. It is getting embarrassing to the Government, for me to go on working, and the U.S. Army refuse to pay me my wages. The Government men here have heard I have a lot of money, but they can’t find it, I refuse to tell them any thing. Well I guess that is enough about me, I hope you are all right. When you need some money, let me now, as I have for gotten when I sent you any last time. This trouble I am having, does not mean you have to do with out any thing you need, as I have plenty of money salted away to take care of you.

Well winter is about over up here, the snow is beginning to thaw a little.

Well I guess I better sing off from now

I remain as ever

Bob

*****

Robert F Meyers

C/O District Engineer

A.P.O. 942 Seattle

Washington

[UNDATED, but likely between May and July of 1952]

Dear Mother,

Received several letters and a post card so thought I better write you a few lines, to let you know I am alive, on May 15-1952, I quit working for the District and the U.S. Government, they are two crooked for me I am working for Morrison Knudsen Co. in Anchorage Alaska, but for the time being my Address is still C/O District Engineer so don’t send any mail to Morrison Knudsen Co.

Le me know when you need money as it is hard to tell where I will go after July 15-1952. I don’t know when I will be home as the U.S. Government has stolen about 7,000 Dollars from me in wages so am going to stay in Alaska for a while and see if they can get away with it. I want to see how much difference in the honesty of the United States and Russa, I think I will know by fall, may be sooner.

Well I guess I will close for now, as ever.

Bob

*****

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