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Franklin Harding was a Nevada miner, speculator, and would-be author who was living in Topaz, California at the time he wrote this letter on July 8, 1935. Harding's letter to E.S. Giles in Goldfield, Nevada, discussed his unsuccessful Nevada mining ventures and several books he proposed to write.
Raymond I. "Pappy" Smith (1887-1967) owned the Harold's Club in Reno, Nevada. The collection contains an anecdotal biography by an unknown author that describes Smith's personality, Reno, and the gambling industry in the 1930s-1960s, Harold's Club clientele, and Smith's personal life.