Territory of Alaska
Office of Governor
My dear Gov. Bone,
Karl has returned from his trip and brought us
word about you and Mrs. Bone. I am very glad to know that you are
recovering from your illness and sincerely hope that you will have resumed your
efforts on behalf of Secretary Hoover before this letter arrives. I was
very sorry that I did not have an opportunity to talk with you while we were in
Washington last winter but when I went down to the Willard I met Mr. Richey and
he said you wee in some sort of conference. Then I went to New York for
the game association dinner and you have gone before I returned.
I went to Denver for the holidays and did not
return to Washington hence I was in the east about two weeks. I stayed
with my folks for about two weeks and of course enjoyed my visit. I have a
niece in Mills College and hope to come south next year to see her graduate.
She wanted me to visit her this year but I couldn't get away.
I know that you keep in touch with Alaska so
you know how affairs are with us. Karl has told you all about how
Wickersham has attacked him and attempted to tie up our funds. I hope we
may find some way to get Karl's Salary for him. He deserves it and needs
I have tried to get funds to fix up the house
but the budget refuses to allow our estimates so I think we shall turn the place
over to the Treasury Department and let them worry at its maintenance.
We have the plans for our new Federal Building
and hope that work will start this year. This should stop all efforts to
move the Capital to Anchorage.
You remember Capt. Whitney. He will
retire in May and plans on going to California to live. He has enough to
keep him and I hope he will be contented.
Juneau is prosperous this year. Workmen
are busy with the Masonic Temple and new school house and the city is improving
some of the streets.
Our territorial revenues declined about one
hundred and seventy five thousand dollars last year we have about one million
dollars in the treasury so there is little to worry about. Of course, we
are hoping for a good run of fish but no one can foretell what the season will
Bob Sommers is in the interior planning
aviation fields. We have forty nine now and hope to build about ten more.
I hope to fly to Nome this summer if all goes well. Noel Wein has made two
round trips to Nome this winter with out mishaps of any kind. We estimate
that more than $300,000.00 worth of fur has been taken out by the planes last
winter. Slowly but surely the plane is supplanting the dog team.
I presume that you have heard about Col. Steese
and his new position in South America. He seems to be quite contented.
Maj. Gotwals was married last December. Maj. Elliot, the President of the
Alaska Road Commission is a fine man and seems to be taking hold of the work
very well. The appropriations are not as large as for previous years but
they will care for the important work.
Judge Reed entered the hospital yesterday and
may have to remain there for a few days. He has asked Judge Lomen to come
up and relieve him. I hope this will be possible because Judge Reed is not
at all well.
The Judge in the First Division has so much
more work than those in the other three that the Dept. of Justice should arrange
for the Judge from the _____ to hold court here during the winter months.
Alaska lost a very good friend when Leu. Willis
was called away. He always was interested in our affairs and knew a great
deal about the territory. I am wondering who will succeed him on the
There are many other things I intended to
mention but I don't want to burden you.
I hope that you and Mrs. Bone are again good
health and that you will be able to carry on with your work.
Mr. Peynes was in just now and asked me to give
you his best regards. Mrs. Sommers was at the house last night and she
wants to be remembered. Of course, Mr. Watson and the Thiele's join in
wishing you all the very best of good luck. Please convey my regards to
Mr. & Mrs. Starr and Marguerite.
With all good wishes
Geo. A. Parks.
Envelope: from - Territory of Alaska, Office of
Governor, Juneau; postmark - Juneau, Alaska, Apr __, 1928, __PM; to - Hon. Scott
C. Bone, c/o J. F. Starr,
613 No. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills,
California, forwarded to 48 N. Bowie Ave., Pasadena