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Act of Kindness, Bird Island Union, 11-14-1918

The attached letter was received on Nov. 8th by Mr. Andrew Weber. Corporal Weber had just recovered from an attack of Spanish influenza at Camp Funston, when he notified his parents that he will soon be on his… Read More

Private Joseph Martin, Franklin Tribune 11-7-1918

Word has been received that Private Joseph Martin, who enlisted in the United States army May 29th, last, and sailed for France in August, was killed in Action on October 28th.Joseph Martin was born January 22, 1890, in… Read More

Four Sons in Army, Father in Civil War, Buffalo Lake News, 11-8-1918

It may be of interest to the readers of your paper to learn of the whereabouts of my sons. When war was declared in Europe I could scarcely believe it and dreaded such a war, for having gone… Read More

Letter From Theodore Weltsch, Morton Enterprise, 11-8-1918

Camp Grant, Ill., Oct. 1918 Dear brother Joe, Received your letter today and was very glad to hear from you. I am over my sickness if I don’t get another one as it is awful damp out and… Read More

Letter from Fred Haas, Morton Enterprise, 11-8-1918

Overhere, Sept. 27, 1918 Friend Mr. Frantz, I thought I would write you a few lines. I am O.K. and enjoying life over here. How is everything back home? Everything is fine and dandy. Suppose you wonder why… Read More

LARGE DRAFT ENTRAINS TODAY: Half of Number to go to Camp Cody and Balance to Camp Forest, GA – Late Registrants Included. Olivia Times 10-24-1918

No Public Reception Will be Held on Account of the Influenza Epidemic. Bird Island: Lloyd L. Battershell, Warren J. Gallery, Carl Heinzelman, Vincent Hurley, Engvald Johnson, Frank R. Karp, Edward A. Kenning, John Neumann, Gust Olinger, Leonard Selle,… Read More

“Sandstorm Division” Hector Mirror 10-31-1918

Word was received in Hector the past week that the “Sandstorm Division,” long stationed at Camp Cody, had at last arrived over seas and we’ll be they were a happy bunch. To this Division belongs seven Hector boys… Read More

Watching Aeroplanes

The following letter from Clarence A. Buehler tells something of his experience in France:Dear Mother and all:Will write you a few lines and let you know that I am well and feeling fine. I have been moving around… Read More

From Camp Hancock: Letter from M.J. Jacobs Bird Island Union 10-31-1918

The following letter from Corp. M.J. Jacobs, Group 2, 13 Co. M.T.D. Camp Hancock, Ga., was received too late for last week’s publication. We gladly publish the letter this week. Bird Island Union:Dear Friends:Well I am nearly three… Read More

Letter from Clarence Hassinger from France Morton Enterprise 10-25-1918

Dear Mother and All,I’m not very busy today so I thought I would try and write some letters. I am going to write Harold a few lines. Do you hear from him very often? I am looking for… Read More