I continue to paw through old paperwork… and it’s tedious… but every little bit there’s a gem with written insights into the early days of this ranch.
I’m going through old checks… from the 1930’s.
First thing you notice… 70% of them are written in PENCIL. Pencil! Many are for what today would be very minor amounts, $1, $2, $5. I actually found one for $.75. It made me laugh.
Then there’s the names… neighbors, or rather neighbors’ fathers or grandfathers. Names I’ve read in history books. Names of businesses long defunct.
There was this one…
Twelve bulls for $1800.00. Wouldn’t they be amazed on how much people spend these days?
There are a few receipts.
1 keg staples, 65 spool wire, 2 shovel, 1 hay fork, 1 ?. 2 shovels for $3.60. Good deal.
But the paper to end all papers…
“Dear Mr. Greet,
Forgeries have been picked up on your Greet Bros. a/c this morning, totaling $80.00 so far. Have tried to call but unsuccessfully, will keep trying to get you. Thought you would want to come in and prefer charges if parties apprehended. Sheriff on their trail now.”
And, no… I haven’t found anything to tell me the Sheriff was successful!
(Anyone notice this is on a postcard? Not much privacy there!)Find me here!