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The Forest Queen Letters.

Letters from Simon and Lou to Lou's partner in the Forest Queen, O.W. Jackson.

Courtesy of Jim Jackson

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Simon Blonger's letter to O. W. Jackson

Simon letter Simon letter

Cripple Creek 4/1-95
O W Jackson Esq
Denver
Dear Sir
Inclosed please find Statement of work don on Forest Queen Mine for month of March we quit work on the 28th having expended the four hundred Dollars agreeded upon we sunk the shaft 33 feet and drove the west drift on the 80 foot level 10 feet, in the shaft the ore looks about the same as the samples I sent down the drift is changing some looking better
the Leasors have started in an other place about 100 feet west of where they ware working I don't think they ever will strike the Pride of Cripple Creek Mine where they are working they may strike something else equally as good for they are getting some good looking quartz it is my opinion they are at least 200 feet west of the vein they are looking for. the Newport leasors have started to work
Mr Simmons is out of town as soon as he returns will sign the lease and I will send it back
Yours Respectfully
S R Blonger

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Simon Blonger's letter to his brother Sam

Simon letter

Cripple Creek Mar 1st 1895
Dear Brother
I will send you statement of Expences on Forest Queen for month of February Mr Harris told me that Jackson had paid his part of the essessment so did not think you wanted it sent to him
the vein is getting some wider and looking better we are not getting more than half as much Sulphate of Iron as we ware and more quartz and looking better every way
Sam are you cumming here on or about the first part of the month have you seen Fred Cattz [?] let me know how he is getting along I have wrote to him but have not hurd from him for over a month.
Your Brother as Ever
S R Blonger

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Lou Blonger's letters to O. W. Jackson

Simon letter

The Arlington, Hot Springs, Ark.
Feb 13th 1908
Friend Jackson,
Your letter was cheerfully received this morning and must say that we were all glad to hear that the Queen has one more good showing. Something seems to tell me that it is all right — this mine.We will be home the 1st of March. We are taking baths and long walks every day. I walked about 8 miles today and feeling fine. Sam sends regards. There are lots of Denver Post people here at this hotel, among them Mr. Bonfils of the Post, and lots of others. If you write again direct your letter to this hotel. Hoping you and all are well. I remain,
Resp.
Lou Blonger

Simon letter

(stationery of W. T. Duncan, 1649 Lawrence St.)

May 11th, 1914
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Enclosed please find a letter from Mr. Connors. I thought you could better understand the letter by reading it than my reading it over the telephone. Things don't look very well.
Respectfully,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

Feb. 13th, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
As Mr. Connors was going to Cripple Creek tonight, I thought I would delay writing until he came back. He was in yesterday. He says he was through the mine and Mr. Gaylord is doing some work and has a chance to get a little ore on [level] 4 but they are trying to get money so they can sink the shaft deeper, which is the only thing for them to do. As regards to what Mr. Riding wants I can't tell from his letter just what he wants. I think he wants the same royalties they were paying for the first 2 years and probably a longer lease which would be all right. I hope they raise some money. Connors says he didn't want any lease on the WPH. I hope Riding don't quit the mine. Mrs. Barney's boy was in yesterday and paid 10 on account. I think I will leave for Hot Springs on the first of the week and will be back about the middle of March and will look for a letter. Hoping you keep well, I am resp.,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

Mar 21st, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Received your letter yesterday with Mr. Gaylord's request for extension of the lease for five years which would give them an 8-year lease and a 10 cent royalty until they are even which would have to be determined by the books. Mr. Gaylord was in to see me. I told him I thought they was entitled to a consideration and Mrs. Jackson was fair in all matters of that kind and for him to write you fully what he wanted. I think as you do — limit the time of the reduction of royalties and whatever you decide in the matter of the lease and royalties will be satifactory to us here. So when you hear from McCullough and decide what to do is all right with us. Nobody can tell what Mrs. Barney wil do. I will return to you Mr. Gaylord's letter and hope to hear from you soon. As ever,
L. H. Blonger

Lou letter

April 11th, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Received your letter of Mar. 28 and should of answered it sooner. I have read Mr. McCullough's letter and I think his idea is all right. The 5-year lease is plenty long enough. In fact Mr. Connors tells me that the Mining Laws only allows a five-year lease and he says Mr. Riding ought to know that is so and the 12˝ royalty is good and I think the lease would be a good one for them. Hoping you are well I am as ever,
L. H. Blonger

Lou letter

June 2nd, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Received your latter of May 23 and glad to hear from you and that you have the taxes and lease straightened out. I think you did well and probably there will be some royalty as I hear Gaylord has someone in regards to paying out some money. Do as you like. I will send the statement with this letter. Hope Robert came all right. As ever,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

Sept. 6th, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Your last letter Aug. 8 received and sorry I could not answer sooner. I have been for the last 2 weeks up in the Hills and didn't expect to be gone so long. I haven't heard from Mr. Gaylor, don’t know just what he is doing but Mr. Connors said he had heard that the mine was looking fairly good but I don't think Mr. Gaylord's health is very good. I got the last 2 statements from the bank and am sending them in this letter. Hoping you and the boys are well.
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

Oct. 23rd, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Received your letter and also the checks for the Mrs. Blongers for which they were very thankful for. I would have answered sooner but have had quite a sick spell but I think I am all right now. I haven't heard anything from Mr. Gaylord lately. We are having beautiful fall weather. I hope you and the boys are well. Hoping to hear from you soon. Am as ever,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

Nov. 17th, 1919
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Received your good letter and always glad to get them. I am geting all right and feeling prety good. The good old Forest Queen is all right. It gives us al a little change once and a while. I haven't heard from Gaylord for a long time. I saw Mr. Trask? yesterday. He said he didn't know anything, only that the McCullough interest, 1/4 of the Queen, was for sale for taxes, 1918 tax. I think when it is sold I will bid it on as he has forgot to pay. We are having nice weather. I will send you statement from the bank. Will close wishing good health for you and the boys.
As ever,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

Feb. 2nd, 1920
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Received both your last letters and not having anything of importance to write about thought I would wait until the first of the month so I could send you statements from the bank. I am awful glad Mr. Gaylord is sinking for I sure think he will do some good now. I showed both your last letters to my wife and Mrs. Sam Blonger and we all sure are well pleased with the way you are handling the affairs of the Co. Don't know what we would do if it weren't for you. I have got lots of faith in the mine now that they are sinking. John Connors has gone to Hot Springs, Ark., for a couple of months. He has made lots of money in oil. There is lots of sickness in Denver. We hope you and the boy are well. Hoping to hear from again. I remain as ever,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

June 30th, 1920
Just got the mining statements and will send them to you. I haven't written to you for some time. The reason I haven't heard anything from the mine. Mr. Gaylord though a short time back that he had some good ore but it didn't prove to be much good so they are getting ready to sink one hundred feet more and I think their chances will be good to get ore. The weather here is pretty warm. We had a very late and cold spring. The farming outlook is bad. My cherries are all frosted out. No cherries and no plums and a poor apple crop. My wife was in Calif. this winter and her health now is good. Both her and Mrs. Sam Blonger wishes to be remembered to you. Glad to hear from you often. Respectfully,
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

(Hotel Como, Hot Springs, Ark.)

Jan. 25th, 1921
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Your good letter was forwarded to me here. I just received it. I haven’t been feeling well of late so though I would come here for the month of Feb. The mine was closed for quite a while on account of money shortage but they started up and was sinking the shaft when I left Denver. I will be back in Denver about March 1st. Should you want anything before that write my wife, 1540 Grant St. Wishing you and boys well…………..
L. H. Blonger

Simon letter

(Hotel Como, Hot Springs, Ark.)

Feb. 18th, 1921
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
Your good letter received today. I think you wrote Mr. Gaylord a fine letter. I write just a little note on the back of your letter and mailed it to him today. You will excuse this pencil for I am to nervous to write with a pen. I am just doing fine. I think I will be home by March 10th. I have had some bad stomach trouble. I am sorry for Mr. Gaylord but if he can get the money I think he wil come out all right. With good health to all,
L. H. Blonger
Mr. Sullivan is not with Mr. Gaylord anymore. Mr. Riding is.

Simon letter

Mar. 12th, 1921
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
I received your good letter just before I left Hot Springs and was glad to hear from you. The last four lines of Gaylord's letter is all right. It only means extension of the time to go to work. I will enclose a letter from Gaylord which will explain it all. I think Gaylord will come out all right. I saw a miner from Cripple yesterday. He says mining is looking up a little. With good wishes to the boys and wishing you well, as ever,
L. H. Blonger

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Some frequent misspellings:

thay=they
lece=lease
fore=for, four
midal=middle
leter=letter
beter=better
dowing=doing
threw=through
heare=hear
wich=which
hafto=have to
thare=there
alwis=always
wate=wait


 

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