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C. A. Earle Rinker letter to Frank Crampton, March 8, 1957, p. 3

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- 3 - in the early days and it didn't look the same. Did you know E.M. Kitchen, the present Sheriff of Esmeralda County? I had several long talks with him while there last Fall and he dug up the old records and tried to help me locate where some of the buildings had stood and give me streets where I had lived. The only street he couldhelp me locate was Sun Dog Ave. Showed him the pictures I had with me and he was very much interested. Showed them to one man in Goldfield who now operates a filling station and who was in hauling business at time I was in camp. When he saw the one of rock drilling contest he said" I hauled the rocks for that contest and you can still see them where they were dumped after the contest" As he looked at them further he called in some others to see the pictures and all of them agreed that the horses in some of the parade pictures were his horses. Staid [i.e., stayed] overnight at Scottys Castle, stopped at Furnace Creek a while and went on to Wild Rose where I met Myers. He was much interested in the pictures and wanted me to send him an enlargement of one of the Tank Water Wagon that supplied Goldfield with water for domestic use. 5 cents a gallon measured out in those square five gallon cans. Water was scarce there. You knew of course that the hotels charged $3.00 for the first to use water for bath, $2.00 for the second to use the same water and $1.00 for the third, then they used it for dish water. In this picture of the drilling contest the picture shows several thousand men watching the contest. After we left Myers we went on to Randsburg where my daughter said they were having a miners celebration and drilling contest. We went to see it and it made me sick. There were not nore than 250 people watching the contest. The part that made me sick was the fact there was no hand drilling. They used nothing but air hammers and I couldn't see where any one could get a kick out of than if they had ever seen any single or double jack drilling. I sure remember Diamond Field Jack Davis. His office was directly in front of MacMasters. I have seen him ride his horse directly into the office before he dismounted. He always had two rifles and two six shooters on him. On two different occasions I was in our office when some of his friends?were taking pot shots at him. Never any one hit. It may have been framed. This man Condon had several of his former help and friends from Parker that were skilled in running engines that raised and lowered the oil well drills. come to Goldfield where they ran hoists. They always hung around our office. One time they were shooting at Jack when several of them were in the office. You have no doubt seen the old fashined high bookkeepers desks. Nothing but four high legs and stretchers at bottom where the bookkeeper stood at his work or sat on a high stool. When the shooting started three or four of them scrambled under that desk which was no protection at all as both ends were open. Another of them had squeezed into a narrow space behind the safe. A big fellow and close friend of the fellow that got behind the safe first, jerked the first man out and squeezed in himself. When it was over how they did razz them. Saw Scotty several times in Goldfield. I never did see him cleaned up. When we stopped at Castle they showed pictures of Scotty all cleaned up and dressed decent. I received the book "Deep Enough" several weeks before I left home and supposed this had come from Myers. It was mailed from Wild Rose. While at Myers place Seldom Seen Slim came. He is 84 and still has all his teeth which seemed sound as a dollar. A 1900 dollar, not 1957. I read the book with a great deal of interest even tho there were only a few pages on Goldfield. I will certainly make up a bunch of prints of the Goldfield pictures and send to you when we get back home. Thank you very much for the book. Old Slim had sure been to Goldfield for he identified many of the pictures without me telling him. Again I want to assure of the thrill in reading your letter. Sincerely,



C. A. Earle Rinker letter to Frank Crampton, March 8, 1957, p. 3
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