Canon City, Colorado: 1916. Letter. The letter is written on United States Post Office stationery from a man named Allen, probably a post worker, and addressed to a friend named Lewis. Although no envelope accompanies the letter, its first page is postmarked, Canon City Colo. / M.O.B (Money Order Business) / Sep 16 1916. Letter content indicates it was sent to North Adams, Massachusetts. Clean and legible with light edge-wear. Very good. Item #008551
This very informative letter addresses a number of interesting topics including the difficulty the Colorado National Guard was having reaching full strength so it could be deployed to protect the Southwest Border of the United States from attacks, raids, and incursions during the Mexican Revolution. The writer attributes this recruitment problem to continuing hostility toward the Guard as a result of its participation in the Battle of Ludlow (referred to as the Ludlow Massacre among union supporters) during Colorado's Coal Mine War. The writer also subtly chides his Massachusetts friend for not participating in a strike for the "8 hour day with time and a half for over time. . . . So here is to the union. May she win." There is some mention of Typhoid Fever and the then raging Infantile Paralysis epidemic, as well as considerable discussion about auto touring in Colorado and Massachusetts.