A.W. McCune, Pres. David Eccles Vice Pres. W.L. Hoge Secty. C.W. Nibley, Treas. R.C. Lund. Jos. F. Smith. Richard Mackintosh. Thomas D. Dee } Directors
UTAH & PACIFIC RAILROAD CO.
MODENA 40 niles from Milford Via. Lund, Utah,Feby 23rd. 1899 1899.
Hon. David Eccles Esqr.
Vice Prest. U. &. P. R. R.
Dear Brother: Ellerbecks leter is just recd, wherein you suggest the purchase of Saunders of sufficient water from the Mountain Springs to
supply the Lund Station. I would say that I have made several trips to the said Springs and also made several triangulations to ascertain their exact distance from the track and find them to be too far away to be utilized without very heavy expense. They are at least ten miles from LUND and seven and a half by actual measurement from the nearest p
point on our line. I therefore abandoned the idea long since of trying to utilize them. As to water for sheep shearing pens, I think we can
get along with what little the well now supplies by sinking a few open wells out from the Station a mile or so on which to hold the sheep until required. Several wells of the kind exist from which water is
drawn with a horse and large flocks of sheep watered. I do not think therefore that this need stand in the way of shearing here altogether although the obtainment of a good flow of water here seems imperatively necessary for our Engines and other purposes. 0ur water bill last month
was about an hundred dollars and with each mile added to our road the
demand will increase. For this the 0. S. L. demand the cash. I am to meet a lot of sheep men tomorrow at the little mountain East of LUND to discuss the question of shearin pens and on Sunday go to Cedar on the same business. I wish I could get an experession of your views on the subject soon as there is already a movement on foot by the Par-owan people who are opposed to all the Cedar does apparently,to build shearing pens at MudSprings, a point toward Milford and from which we would have to break our rate to compete with team haul. We must forestall this if possible. Referring again to the Mountain Springs owned By Saunders would say that same are nearest our line at a point seven miles and a half West of Lundwhere it is 7 l/2 miles distant. I have had another letter from the Southworth Bros, about two cars of three inch plank that they offer cheap and about which I wrote you several days ago. Will you please let me know as soon as you can what answer to make to them. Also please send me the deed to my home so that I can give it to my wife before I go in.
P. S. Ellerbeck has Just written me that he has made a rate on beer in car shipments of 12 cts. Milford to Lund or forty two cents St. Lake to Lund in connection with the 0. S. L. Our regular rate is 17 cts. I wrote him that I considered it too low as beer could not be shipped by team from Milford at any price, as the wagon haul would spoil it. and even if it could the teams could not meet our regular rate of 17 cents and hence there was absolotuly no necessity for the rate to be thus cut up. Now I dont speak of this with a desire to be finding fault or raising a disturbance with Ellerbeck, but simply to call your atten tion to the necessity for the rate making authority to be lodged in some certain one person, and that person to be in touch with the conditions of the country and trade. Now you may ask why I dont call in down to which I can only say that while I have voluntarily offered to assist in making rates I havent been given any authority by the Board or any one less to take exclusive charge of these or any other matters
outside of what appertains to the office of Chief Engr Otherwise I would be as mandatory upon this and other matters as you, could wish.
Parties here want to furnis h us some cedar ties but cant afford to do so for less than 55 cents, I think them a cheap tie at the price and as they are not apt to get out very many anyway would ot not be best to give them 55 cts for what they can furnish.
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