December 31, 1958

December 31st, 1958

H.A. Swanson memorandum to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 31, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 1 page memorandum clarifies the scope of the Continental-Allied contract, but provides evidence for a “nation-wide” survey of “industrial development” and the related “power grid component”.  The Afghan Industrial Development Bank (proposal) is referenced.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 24, 1958

December 24th, 1958

Jack Bennett letter to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 24, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This is the cover letter for the two letters from Continental-Allied dated December 23, 1958.  Note that the cable address for this company is “Money”.

For more insight into the history of Continetal-Allied refer to the “Development Banking Bibliography” (a PDF file)” here.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 23, 1958

December 23rd, 1958

Jack Bennett letter to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 23, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 2 page letter discusses the Kandahar Electric Company and the Helmand Valley Authority in relation to stock (options) and the Development Loan Fund and other matters.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 23, 1958

December 23rd, 1958

Ray Burrus memorandum to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 23, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 2 page letter discusses the Kandahar Electric Company and the Arghandab Dam turbines in addition to references to the Kandahar International Airport (project) and the Tarnak Canal.  All of which are in conjunction with development of the Kandahar Industrial District and the power generation needs of the City of Kandahar.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 22, 1958

December 22nd, 1958

Commissary Card – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 22, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This membership card is for the American Embassy Commissary in Kabul, Afghanistan circa 1958 and 1959.  Most food was purchased in the bazaars locally, usually by ones cook or houseboy.  Commissary “privileges” expanded on the local “fare” to include such things as cans of American soda, pre-packaged cake mixes, powdered milk (there was no whole milk available), and cranberry sauce for the holidays.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 19, 1958

December 19th, 1958

Camels in the Snow – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 19, 1958.

Photograph taken by Fred W. Clayton – This photographic image is copyrighted by Donald Clayton, all rights reserved – first published 2010 on QalaBist.com.

December 19, 1958:

This photograph was taken on the way from the Paghman Mountains on a trip to supervise the construction of the warming lodge for the first ski area in Afghanistan.  The rope tow poles would go up a few days later on a sunnier day.

[First posted:  2010.06.05 / Saturday  December 19, 1958]

December 14, 1958

December 14th, 1958

Handel’s Messiah concert program – University of Nevada Gymnasium – Reno, Nevada – December 14, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This program by the University-Community Symphonic Choir and Orchestra and the University Singers reflects a community life that no longer exists in America; a local concert with local talent that people enthusiastically attended rather than watching television or paying “big bucks” for “big name” entertainment.  The venue was the University of Nevada gymnasium, the largest venue in the State of Nevada at the time.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 13, 1958

December 13th, 1958

Mrs. Charles Russell invitation to a tea by Mrs. Charles Mapes – Reno, Nevada – December 13, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This invitation to a tea benefiting the March of Dimes from the wife of Governor Charles H. Russell of Nevada was given to Lloydine Clayton.  Lloydine knew Mrs. Russell well due to various aspects of family employment and political activities in Carson City.  She knew Mrs. Mapes well due to her work with the Bowers Mansion Preservation and Restoration efforts.  Charles W. Mapes owned the Mapes Hotel and Casino and the Mapes Coffee Shop located at the SE corner of First & Virginia Streets in Reno, Nevada.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 4, 1958

December 4th, 1958

Peshawar Trip documentation – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 4, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This “travel claim” is pertinent to Fred Clayton’s trip from Kabul, Afghanistan to Peshawar, Pakistan for the purpose of picking up his 1955 Mercury Station wagon that was shipped from Washington D.C. to Peshawar for his use while in Afghanistan pursuant to ICA employment contract provisions.

The trip to Peshawar was via ICA Staff Car – taking about 11 hours.  The return trip was via Fred driving the Mercury Station wagon – Fred’s trip took 9.5 hours.  Tony Olonecheck is referenced as he had the same difficulties Fred did in getting his vehicle released by the storage garage in Pakistan.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 1, 1958

December 1st, 1958

This is Post #50 in the new Series “Going to Afghanistan”.

~ The roots of a $1 Trillion Dollar “discovery” and a little about oil from the gulf.

I know you probably find it a little hard sometimes to see things “my way”.  A little documentation is always nice.  You can get your own copy of this from the Agency for International Development (AID) (archives – it was ICA in 1958) if you don’t believe me; if you think I photo-shop things myself.  These documents are real.

So I am posting a few “family mementos” – papers from the past to show that “what’s new” is maybe not so new.

Exhibit ‘A’ is a simple list from Fred’s Division (not military, but maybe a little like military just the same) – maybe like the first American Invasion of Afghanistan (circa 1958; not the 2001 one at all).

I didn’t see it as an invasion then; I saw it more like “doing good”, like “a trip”, like “my life” in Afghanistan – a nice place (then).  But looking back on the documents (from now) makes them seem a little more disconcerting.  The projects, but more – the priorities – are clear.  You don’t need it spelled out with big numbers, starting with “one”, to make the point.  You don’t need a document deliberately without a date to make the point.  But here it IS and it is so abundantly clear (now).

10 of the Projects of ICA in Afghanistan – circa 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This list shows the project ID numbers and the ICA USOM/A person in charge of the specific project.  Actually, several projects often fell within the parameters suggested by this list; and as you will see by subsequent documents the “scope” of the parameters was often changing.

Projects pertinent to the identification of and development of (exploitation of) Mineral Resources and coal production in Afghanistan was in the hands of Robert Davis in 1958.  This is perhaps interesting to consider in light of the release two days ago of the U.S. Military assessment of the potential (in 2010) of the Mineral Resources of Afghanistan.

This thing goes a long way back folks!

In case it is not as clear to YOU as it is to me let’s look at this list a bit with fresh eyes.  The exploitation of Afghanistan’s natural resources is #1.  #2 is reconnaissance and mapping; there were no satellite surveillance systems then, no ground penetrating radar; but a good geologist (like Fred) could see things just the same (and did; and so did many others).

The Helmand Valley was first about electric power (not agriculture, more the ruse).  Fred was an engineer that built dams and airports; irrigation was act two – “power” always precedes food on THIS planet.  Which brings us to “industry” and Industrial Districts (in Kandahar); industry needs power (back to #3).

#5 is “Educational Facilities” the battle for the “hearts and minds”.  Kabul University (an American project) was not about philosophy, theory, religion and good government – it was there to teach science (nuclear engineering, chemistry – things like that).  #6 brings us finally to “food”; but not food in the old way (old ways) – this is “new food” folks, maybe not genetic engineering “GM” (yet, but not too far from it.  Lashkar Gah was an American community (per design), tractors and chemicals all made in the U.S.S.A. – Whoray!

#7 is the “Air Power” thing.  KIA was the first “Jet Port”; Bagram came close behind; then the Russians built Kabul (International Airport) and the war was on.  #8 is of course about the OIL!  Roads to replace camel trails and caravans, trucks burning fossil fuels always coming in; you’ve seen the pictures, the trucks – Fred’s car; all the other “American” cars there (mostly just for show) – a real CAR SHOW with all the American models and the model of America – America using Oil!

#9 – always “number nine” – more oil folks.  Oil for asphalt, oil for trucks, oil for cars – make Afghanistan dependent on oil.   And then we have the “Code 10” “Ten code” #10.  It means everything from “fight in progress” to “bomb threat” to “off-duty”.  You take your pick, we’re talking “Afghan regional transit” here; sounds like a roadside bomb to me; or maybe just neglected infrastructure – this country ain’t going nowhere under the Americans baby (not maybe).

Let me make it CLEAR.  I never saw all of this this way until today!  This list was made before Fred came along; Fred (my father) did not make this list.  He was given this list by someone “higher up” the chain.  I’m not convinced he even understood at the time “the plan”, the “stakes”; what someone was really after.  He loved Afghanistan and the people; but too – he had a job to do – let’s put that job to an end – a real end – like let’s stop that JOB right now!

Stop the drilling Take down the walls and dams and damn walls!  Let the people free!

Note:  For more documents and documentation check the monthly posts under 1958; the document list is growing.  I will try to make a “click here” list; but you know that I’m still looking for pictures of two old cars and columns east of Beirut (so don’t hold your breath).  Maybe I should create a new catagory “Documents” and make it real(ly) easy.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]  11:35 P.M. Mountain War Time

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