This blog is dedicated to my parents, brothers, sister, and cousins who are descendants of Johannes (John) Gutke and Johanna Mork Gutke (pictured above). I am in the process of posting everything I have, so that I can back up documents/photos and also access the info from any location. There are likely to be mistakes, so check back often and feel free to comment if you have corrections!


Deniane Gutke Kartchner


1939 Letter from Gladys to Clyde, who was working in McGill, Nevada

This letter is really great to read. I guess Grandpa was working in McGill, Nevada and Grandma sent him this letter telling him about what was happening with her and baby Robert, whom she calls "Bobbie." This letter would have been written during the Great Depression and Grandpa was probably lucky to have a job, even though he was away from home. My guess is that his job was work related to mining at the McGill smelter. In the letter Grandma states that she is worried about him on the job, especially when the wind is blowing hard.

Here's a little history I found: On the following Web site, McGill today is listed as a "semi-ghost" town (http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nv/mcgill.html). The article explains that "McGill grew from a ranching community and from that became the smelting center for White Pine County." McGill served as a "company town" for the Steptoe Valley Smelting and Mining Company and its population peaked at 3,000 in the early 1930s. The plant has been dismantled.

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