Grandfather John's Notes
January 2003 by Rose KlemenokIn June 1997, a story I wrote was printed in the Journal titled, “His Name Was John.” Occasionally Grandfather John jotted down notes about his life in America and in the mines. He planned to give these mementos to his sons. The only time he wrote home was to let his wife know when he was booking a trip back to Italy. He sent whatever money he could from his pay in the Argonaut and Kennedy mines in Jackson, California. Mailing letters was expensive, as was everything else.
It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
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