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Letter from Claire Brooks, Renville Star Farmer, 11-14-1918

Somewhere in France, Sept. 25th, 1918 Dear Friends: Well just having received a batch of mail it makes me feel so darned glad that I am over here that I would not trade my place for anything. And… Read More

4000 Y Men Needed at Once in France, Renville County Journal, 11-15-1918

Secretaries Will Be Required More Than Ever When Fighting Ceases With our brothers and sons overseas simply begging for more Y.M.C.A. secretaries that the service of the “Y” may be extended into out-of-the-way places, and with the earnest… Read More

Letter from Ernest Hagquist, Hector Mirror, 11-7-1918

Letter from “Chic”: France a Beautiful Place But Wants Christmas Dinner at Home–Is Learning French Somewhere in France, Sept 25, 1918 Dear Folks, I think by today you will have received the card telling of my safe arrival,… Read More

Letter from Warren H. Peterson Olivia Times 10-17-1918

August 11, 1918Dear Mother:I guess you have been wondering why I don’t write but here is the whole thing in a nut shell-I am in a position now so I can’t. I wish I could write all about… Read More

Letter From Nat C. Kuske, Olivia Times, 10-10-1918

The following letter is writing by N. C. Kuske from Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, September 21st, 1918 Friend Foster; Arrived here, one of the largest flying fields of its kind in the world, last week, as just getting… Read More

Letter From Manley Alsaker, Renville Star Farmer, 10-3-1918

Aix-Les-Bains, Sept. 6, 1918 Dear Mr. Reid: This trip of many may be of interest to you, to show you what the army does for us when they send us on our seven day leave. Aix-Les-Bains as you… Read More

Letter From Marcus Huff, Renville Star Farmer, 10-3-1918

Sept. 6, 1918, 14th Co., 2nd Motor Mechanics Reg. Sig. Corps, A.E. F. France Dear Mr. Reid: I have been planning on writing to you for a long time but it is hard to do very much writing… Read More

Letter from Elmer Midby, Renville County Journal, 9-20-1918: A Delayed Letter From A Soldier

The letter which follows was received in this office for publication some time ago but on account of much other material clamoring for space it has, each time, been left out. We publish it with the feeling that… Read More

Letter From Allen Wenz, Hector Mirror, 19 Sep 1918: Allen Wenz Says Uncle Sam Feeds the Boys Well, Praises Red Cross

Camp Grant, Ill., Sept. 8, 1918 My dear father, Will take pleasure in answering your letter this morning, Sunday, as I am feeling somewhat better now from vaccination shot. My arm is somewhat swollen yet and it burns… Read More

Army Welfare Agencies Consolidated, Olivia Times, 19 Sep 1918

On Thursday President Wilson issued a statement in which he requested all the American Army Welfare agencies, recognized by the War Department, including the Y.M.C.A., the Y.W.C.A., the War Camp Community Service, The American Library Association, the Knights… Read More