George's first letter home to his family.
Sept 7 – 17
Dear Mother & Father
It certainly seemed funny to wake up Thur. morning
and find myself so far from home. I hope you are
all well and happy as I am the same I was certainly
glad to see you at the train before I left.
Elizabeth that fuge didn't last five minutes. it
certainly was good. we got into St Louis 5:00 P.M.
next day, we left the train and marched up through
the city for exercise. I had been helping cook all
the way up so I could get all I could eat. Our
train meals consists of coffee canned beans, potted ham,
bread, and sometimes sugar in the coffee. U.S. certainly
feed their men well especially me. If you don't
help yourself, nobody will. we went through the
center of St. L. — some city.
Our train was al marked up with writing.
Kansas devils, not drafted, submarine chase etc.
We certainly had lots of fun on the train. Every
bod cheered us at every town. some towns blowed
their whistles. At Columbus Ohio we went up
through the streets for exercise landed there at
10.00 next day. We went on the Penn lines from St
Louis. They certainly speed.
Arrived at Pittsburg 7 P.M. Tuesday night. Say
talk about a city you could lose K.C. in Pittsburg,
sure is some nyg(?) city. We met the K.C Signal
Corps on the way some of the fellows I knew.
After we left Pittsburg out through the mountains
this night, some of the prettiest seens you
ever saw, around horseshoe bend some seen.
We seen the Bethlehem steel Co smelters - never
seen such big places. At platsburg penn every
whistle in town blew you ought to have heard us
fellows yell. That all we did when we came into
At Philadelphia Penn. we marched through the
streets This is a real pretty city. We
came into New York on wednesday evening all
the way from Phila to N.Y. is just a regular
city, all the way. We went through the big
station at N.Y. under the Hudson River and
several other rivers. I thoght we would never
get through N.Y. it is so big. We had 2 spec
train 3 men to a double seat. It was night
when we got to camp. The rainbow div have
been coming into camp as fast as they can get here.
We walked about 3 miles before we arrived to our
camp. You can't see nothing but soldiers all around.
We had to put up our pup tents to sleep in this
night, but got our squad tent next day. Talk
about being busy it is sure a job to get
things straightened out for a decent camp,
especially the way the goverment want it.
Our camp is laid out in Co streets. There
is a Areoplane school close bye areoplane in
the air all the time. We are about 4 miles
from the ocean. I have not had time to go
leave camp yet.
There is about 30,000 soldiers here so it is said. They
gave us rain coats, and more blankets it is warm in day
time but awful cool at nihts. There is a Y.M.C.A. on
the grounds here. The bunch is all down there now just
rousing the dickens. They have a victrola and piano.
People come out from N.Y. and give enter tain ments there.
I wrote some cards at diferent cities on the trains I
hope you got them, also from here. Mama I hope you are
keeping well and not worrying abut me don't do that.
Because if anybody
is going to look after Geo is is going to be me.
Everybody for himself. If papa happens to build
be sure and let me know. If you can't read this letter
it is is not my fault. I am setting on the end of a
cot trying to write on my knee. Papa how are things
going with you. I hope your are well and happy and
not working to hard. It is not known when we will
go to France but it can't be very long. You know it
take quite a while to get a letter back and forth so
don't be long in writing.