We might think of the Old Timers correspondence as meditations on service and sacrifice to America.
Answering Pinchot's request for narratives on January 12, 1940, Ranger C.S. Tremewan of Elko, Nevada sent the Old Chief a 16-page report entitled "A Brief History of the Forest Service in Nevada." Pinchot praised and greatly appreciated what Tremewan had sent. "I take pleasure in thanking you most warmly," he wrote, "for all the pains you have taken and for the very interesting story you have sent me." The Old Chief told Tremewan, "You have been through the most important parts of the early history of the Service, and what you say about the hammering which the Forest Service men got and the superb way in which they stuck to the work is absolutely true. I am proud to have been connected with such an organization. It was tough, but, as you say, it was worth it, and I would do it again."
Many Old Timer narratives captured the effects of grazing and sheep herding on the land. Tremewan recounted details from Nevada: "Erosion was becoming alarming," he wrote, "and livestock were coming from the summer ranges in such poor condition that they had to be fed before being driven to shipping points. And this from a range that just a few years previously had been producing beef cattle that topped the market. Two year old steers had been shipped which weighed from 1050 to 1100 lbs and had never been fed a day in their lives. The comparative ease with which the nomadic or transient sheep owner could drive from these rich productive summer ranges of Northern Elko and Humboldt Counties to the relatively safe winter ranges of Southern Nevada encouraged more and more of them to engage in business. This resulted in a set of conditions that were rapidly becoming impossible and making it imperative that some form of regulation be instituted or our two great natural resources would be gone (i.e.) Grazing and Waterflow for irrigation."
From the narrative of C.S. Tremewan. Old Timers Collection. Gifford Pinchot Collection. Library of Congress. Manuscript Division.