October 03, 2015
October 3, 1870. Wells Fargo auditor James Bunnell sat in his New York office reading the latest from his friend Aaron Stein -- who shortly became chief of stationery and supply for Wells Fargo in San Francisco. "I have been on the wing since I left New York," Stein wrote from Salt Lake City. "I confine myself to a scant wardrobe, as each time I repack my clothes, they get so creased and crumbled that they need a regular overhaul by a tailor before I can wear them again with propriety." How did his garments get in such a condition? "I wish you could have been with me to Fillmore, [Utah]," Stein continued. "The place is about 160 miles South of here, and the Stage ride thither a severe punishment. The alkali dust and the jolting of the rude conveyance render a night on the road one of the torments fit for the damned."