Oct. 22 –1917
Dear Mother & Father Bros and Sisters.
Received your welcome letter and again glad to hear
you are all well, as the same is with me. Mama if
you are not well, papa is, and if pap is not well,
you are. That's the way it used to go, isn't it?
Papa, surely that $350 paving bill could not give you a
pain in the back — "could it?" By the time this
letter reaches you I hope you feeling better. I
receive a letter from Aunt Amelia today. She is feeling
well, but Uncle Bob has been troubled with indigestion.
She was asking about you & papa. They have struck
water on their farm and
she seemed glad about it. I wrote her some time ago
but in her letter, she had not got it at that time.
Smithy wrote me the other day, he does not like the
camp they are at. Earl says Smithy's name was out on
the draft list the other day. ha! ha! I bet smithy
is sure laughing to himself. Mama you ay Willie may
be drafted in Jan. I hope he will not have to go.
Well from what I have already learned it takes a long
while to make a soldier. By the time the next draft is
trained the war will be over. I think as far as Rick
is concerned, he would be out of the question. When
we get across, we will not see action
until at least march or april, mabe may. Most every
one in this Div has gone now. We have orders to pack
up tonight. I have turned in my cot and emptied out
the straw on the tent floor. Our barracks bags are
all packed ready to go. We will probably leave
Wednesday, but may not get on the water for a week.
some excitement in camp. Everyone anxious to go.
The Mo. signal corps left some time ago. The camp
sure looks dead now. The tents are left standing
as they are. This camp will be occupied by other soldiers
soon. Harry Lander put on a short play at the camp
saturday "Free" He was pretty good. He
certainly had some audience. He also made a talk on the
war, when the Oklahoa sanitary train left. All of us
fellows took their stoves from the tents. The place
was guarded to keep the fellows from taking them. Every
time the guards would turn their back some one would
run out with a stove under their arm. It certainly was
sport, getting em. Papa you might ask: who lights the
fire in the morning? Well I haven't lit it yet. ha! ha!
The soldiers sure do treat a Jew mean here. Sometimes
they go down where they have their concessions and take
everything they have in it. Mama the Red Cross of
N.Y. have donatedus wool sweaters, wristlists(?), muflers,
and wool helmets, and other small things. There would be
no hurry in sending those other thing until later, but if
you have already sent them it will be alright. I told
you about throwing the picture away I had taken. The
first time I have a chance I will get some more. Receive
Joe's and Florence's letters today. The play is just
starting at the Y.M. The wooden tables are rocking and
fellows pushing my arm so I will close for now. Hoping
all the best with the best of love.
Your loving son & Bro.
Will try and write before leaving.