The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 80
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run of the juice largely. Then instantly turn it over and fix
the other side the same way. Now set the skillet back on the
cooler part of the stove and let it slowly cook there. Put a
cover over it.
"This makes good juicy beefsteak, properly cooked and
While a guest at the hotel, Post found the mattress too hard,
and ordered all mattresses replaced by softer ones. He was
horrified at finding flies in the dining room, and ordered poisoned
fly-paper placed in every room to ensnare the pests he passionately
The laundry proved a losing business. Post had installed the
best machinery and equipment to be had, paid good wages, and
demanded service of a high quality. Month after month, the
laundry operated at a loss. In disgust he wrote the manager:
"Now let me tell you once again to set your prices high
enough to make it break even at least, and if people do not
patronize it, close it up. I have said, time and again, that I
do not propose to use my money to launder the clothes of
Not so much trouble was experienced in operating the general
merchandise stores, one at the Commissary on the plains, the other
in the large mercantile building in Post City. Gradually each
department of the big store in town was sold out, while com-
petitors established stores of their own.24
Early in 1911, a telephone system was installed in a building
especially constructed for the purpose. After operating for several
years, the business was sold on an "easy-payment plan." Post's
bank opened for business in the spring of 1908, in a new building
designed for that purpose. W. O. Stevens was cashier, as well as
manager of the Double U Company, which was little more than
the Post interests in corporate form.25
Among other enterprises established and operated for a time by
the founder were a lumber yard, planing mill, blacksmith shop,
SlPost Records, Minutes I, p. 21, January 3, 1908.
22Post Records, Minutes II, p. 38, November 8, 1910.
23Post to Double U Company, December 26, 1912, Post Records, Minutes
III, 36 b.
24Post Records, Minutes III, 191 b, January 8, 1915.
25Post to Double U Company, June 29, 1909. Minutes I, 206 a.
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