Ketchikan, Jan. 23, 1916
I suppose you have been wondering why I have
not answered your letter before this. I have always been a little slow at
writing letters, I have been putting it off from day to day. I hope you'll
excuse my carelessness. The boat I am on has been laid up since Christmas,
but we are going to start out igan [sic] in a few days. I am living with
Clary's, they have a good big house. I have a room upstairs. It is
very cold here at present; it was five below zero last night. Clary is not
working now but he have [sic] a good job in sight for the summer.
I saw Mike Scott here some time ago. He
was on the Manhattan. He told me about the party you had out to
[Lovely's?]. I went to a Norwegian dans [sic] last Saturday, a regular old
country shindig. We had a swell time, danced to 4 o'clock in the morning.
I had a letter from Mrs. Vetter some time ago
asking me if I wanted to rent the house. I told her to do so if she could,
as I don't expect to come down for some time, so it is no use to have it
How do you like the dry towns? I have not
taken a drink since I left Seattle so it would not make any difference to me.
Best wishes to you all from your friend Oscar Hubman c/o New England Fish Co,
Envelope: from - [no address given]; postmark -
Ketchikan, Alaska; Jan 24, 1916; 1PM; to - Mr. E. Ellingsen, West Side Real
Estate Co., Alki Ave, Seattle