BERT W. STILPHEN. Letter; ca. 1916. .1 cu. ft.
Bert W. Stilphen was a fisherman in Cordova, Alaska.
The collection consists of a two-page handwritten letter written by fisherman Bert Stilphen to a friend named Charlie. The letter is dated "Feb 18#14" from Cordova, Alaska. In the letter, Stilphen writes that he has been halibut fishing in Alaska for the past five months, but will be going to Seattle soon, and expects to spend the next summer cod fishing in the Bering Sea, as he has done for five previous summers. Stilphen also relates that he is homesick, too many men are competing for fishing jobs there, prices for fish are low, "the people out here are all grifters," and he plans to come back home to stay. He gives an indication of the date of the letter, writing that there are "thousands of men out of work on the Coast, more than ever was known before the Panama fair in Frisco" (1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco).
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2004.