I hope you good folks don’t mind listening to a few more letters from Ink to Harry. I have quite a few you’ve not yet had a chance to peruse. They seem pretty darn interesting to me, so until I hear anyone wants me to change the subject, I will keep sharing them for a while. Here are parts of a couple such sent from Green River, Utah to Chichester, England. Here is one written on Jan. 22, 1919. As usual the first page is devoted to business that Ink has been taking care of for Harry. Then he gets on to the local news.
Dear Old Friend,
The flue has bin raging in this part of the world and I am afraid to go any where. We have bin lucky up to date and have escaped the dreadful disease. How ever I will have to go to Moab Feb. 1st as the annual election of officers of the Moab State Bank takes place and I am one of the directors.
Well Harry we have had a awful hard winter here, it has bin frome 20-31 below for 20 days. I don’t know how we will come out. I think there will be considerable loss on the desert. Feed was very short and cattle were poore. Still there was lots of snow and it may not be so bad. It all depends on the spring. There is some talks of the government putting in a big dam in Green River and reclaiming some of this desert land for the benifit of the soldiers. If they do that I may make some money out of my land holdings here and it will boost Thompsons Property. So you had better keep your town sites a while yet. I haven’t herd from Ed Andersen for a long time. I think he is running the Charles Turner Sheep.
I think old Mace is at Thompsons but I haven’t seen him since last fall. I am sure glad the war is over. I guess if it had lasted one more year I wood have got to take a trip to the old country. I was put in 2nd class in the last draft. I was very glad to get a picture of Bruce, he is going to be as big and huskey as his father. I am going to send you a photo of Ballard some time. He is a pretty buisy 4 year old.
Well old man, I hope you will make up your mind to make us a visit next year. I would like to take one more ride with you before I give up the gost. Give my best regardes to Mrs. Ballard and Bruce.
Wishing you and yours a prosperis and happy New Year. I am as ever your old friend, G.A. Harris
Following is part of another letter written later that year which is dated May 3, 1919. There is a lot of discussion of property sales and possible oil booms and a coal mine possibility for Thompson Canyon. When Ink got through all that he continued as follows:
Well old friend I have still got the same old hard luck story. No feed and heavy losses. There hasn’t bin any rain and if we have another year like last year it will put me out of business. I have also got a law suit coming in August over the Saluratis water. Some parties in Salt Lake are trying to beat me out of it, if you have any papers or know any thing about it that you think wood help me to win this suit I wish you wood send it to me. I haven’t bin very well the last six months. Nothing serious I guess just a natural break down frome the hard life a man has to lead in this country. My hair is getting pretty gray and my beard is almost white. Now Harry you wanted me to state what I thought wood be a fair commition on those lots, and I am going to tell you there can be no question of commition between you and me. I am onely to glad to do these little things for you so forget the commition. Well there is no news around Green R. I will start to gather my steers about the 10th next and will be pretty buisey until June 1th.
With best regardes to Mrs Ballard and Bruce as ever your old friend G.A. Harris
I guess you all can see by now that Dear old Harry Ballard sure had a good and loyal friend in Ink Harris. We should all be so lucky. There is a lot to be said for going out of your way to do the right thing and for spending valuable time communicating your care and concern to your friends like Ink was frequently doing. I’m sure Harry was very appreciative.
ByBy AJ Rogers