John Lee Hicks Writes Home From Distant Camp

The Gazette
November 7, 1940

Mason, Nevada, October 27, 1940

Dear Mama and Papa,

I received your last letter yesterday, Saturday. It’s now Sunday morning, and I have just come from the kitchen eating breakfast I slept late this morning, for I have to get up every other morning in the week and give exercises before breakfast. Most of the time I have an assistant leader or a leader to give it, and usually it lasts fifteen minutes.

The weather is a good bit cooler out here now. We can see plenty of snow up on the mountains. It fell Thursday and Friday night, and a gang of us went up to where it was yesterday afternoon. The Lt. let us carry a truck and fourteen boys besides the driver and myself went about twenty miles up in the mountains. Most of them had a Kodak and made some pictures.

I carried the Lt.’s Kodak and made one roll of films myself and one for him. I will have them sent off to be developed and send you all some of them.

Yesterday was the first time that I had been out where the boys have been working. When we left camp we went right the opposite way from town, and it was about two miles before we got out of the valley, then we traveled up for about eighteen miles. There don’t anybody live up in there, but you see a few cattle.

I think the road was built by camp boys, for we passed a spring that they had developed for watering cattle.

There wasn’t even any trees growing after we left the valley until we got nearly to the top of one of the mountains. There were a few stubby bushes there. We couldn’t get the truck up to where most of the snow was, so we left it at the foot of them and walked about one mile up to where the snow begins.

When we cam back to camp, we had a downhill pull practically all the way and it only took about half the time to come down as going up.

Mama, you asked me if I listen to the Grand Old Opry on Saturday night. Well, most of the time I go to town with the trucks. I heard a little of it one Saturday night before the trucks left. We usually leave for town about six o’clock and it’s nine back over there.

Tell all the family hello for me.

With love,
John Lee.




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