George's first letter to his older brother William.
L.I. Sept 23 1917
Dear Brother Wm
Your mail received yesterday and I was certainly
glad to hear from you. sounds good to hear
that Tom & Frank have joined the Home
Guards; mabee the fellows will not tease them
so much now and mabe they can show off to the
girls. You probably are busy at nights going
to school Go to it old boy there is chance
to use good schooling at the job you have.
I received Smithy's letter today; he says
he is still in K.C. How does he look in
his uniform? Our guns & pistols were
issued us today along with the rest of the
equipment. You would be surprised what it
takes to equip a soldier. Sec. Baker[*]
was out to our camp today and we marched
* Secretary of War Newton D. Baker
in review. It took 2 hrs for the whole div.
to pass by. You should see the crowd from
N.Y. City out here today. I went to N.Y. City
last night took a street car went from one
end of Broadway to the other down by the
Statue of Liberty and numerous other places.
Had some time in a decent way.
Smithy was saying his Co was trying to get
into the Rainbo div. If they could do that
it sure would make it nice.
Was Lonnie(?) Anderson taken in the draft?
Our Col. told us the other day that we would
leave right soon. Willie what kind of work
do you do at the bank? Can you use the
typewriter yet? Have they started the
bank on Elmwood? (?)
Smithy was saying his Co does not like the show
drivers because some of them tangled with
the men in his co. When a fellow here gets
in a fight they all stick together right or
wrong. A fight will happen here every once
in a while. When a Jew peddler comes into
the camp he never get out without having part
of hs goods taken sometimes all of it. Well
Willie there is a a whole lot I would like to
say but must close now. Hoping you the best
of success. Your Bro