Ben Byrnes collection of Howe Campbell WWI letters
2010.025

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Creator - Author
Campbell, Howe, 1896-1986
Title
Ben Byrnes collection of Howe Campbell WWI letters
ID
2010.025
Date
1917-1919
Extent
97.0 Folders Handwritten letters and postcards, envelopes
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Ben Byrnes collection of Howe Campbell WWI letters. Coll No. 2010.025. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Scope and Contents note

Handwritten letters and postcards with envelopes. Campbell served in the 302nd Engineers, 77th Division.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 24 June 2010

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa, OK, 74104-3123
918-631-2496
Marc-carlson@utulsa.edu

Revision Description

  7 January 2013

Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased as part of the Ben Byrnes acquisition, March 2010.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Milissa Burkart.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Engineers, 302d.
  • United States. Army. Infantry Division, 77th.

Personal Name(s)

  • Byrnes, Ben

Subject(s)

  • Special Collections -- Manuscripts -- Campbell, Howe
  • World War I Collection.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Correspondence.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918.

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Collection Inventory

 2010.025.1.1 "Dear Folks, I arrived all O.K. at Camp [Upton] at 6 oclock. We got in New Jersey at about 10:30 and waited until about 1:30 for ferry to take us to Long Island...." February 28, 1917   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.2 "Dear Irene and Folks, To day is Sunday and we are having an easy time of it. We got up about 7:30 had breckfast [sic] about 8:00 and then came back to our bunks and made them up and swept arount the floors..." circa 1917   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.3 "Dear Irene, Today was our first real day of drilling, we drilled almiost all the day about 8 hours. Start to get up about 10 minutes to 6 fo down and wash and be out to reveille [sic] which is 6:15 it is supposed to be sun rise. The flag goes up...." Monday, circa 1917   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.4 "Dear Folks, I received Irene's letter today...We had it quite easy to day this morning it sprinkled about 10:30 and we went in the barracks and staid until noon. Then we went to eat and at 2:30...." March 6, [1917]   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.5 "Dear Irene, I received two of your letter today. It seems so good to get all the news that is going on. I don't know wheather [sic] I will get a transfer or not one never cant [sic] tell. Some times they do and some times they don't. The [Engineers] is a good branch of the service any way...." Friday, circa 1917   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.6 "Dear Irene, I received your Thursdays letter Saturday so you can see how long it takes for mail to come. Saturday we did not do any thing and today we took a hike for a couple of miles. Yesterday they issued us 3 pairs of shoes, blouse, which is the small coat and pants and raincoat we lack shirts and leggins [sic]...." Sunday, circa 1917   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.7 "Dear Irene, Well this morning we were fully rigged out, 3 [suits] of underware [sic], 5 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of shoe laces, 2 O.D. (olive drab) shirts, hat cord. I am going out to drill now 8.15. Just returned 11.35...." Monday, circa 1917   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.8 "Dear Folks, I received Irenes Friday letter Sunday morning and was glad to get it. The box of candy came Monday night. The box was broken a little but intact. The candy had been in a warm place evidently and it was kind of soft so that it stuck to the paper (the fudge). The other was hard...." Tuesday, circa 1917   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.9 "Dear Irene, I did not get any letter from you today and was kind of disapointed [sic] but I know how it is you can't think any thing new to write. It is the same way with me but I try to make you acquainted with every thing that goes on. We had a hard day drilling but I don't feel very bad (some are lame)...." Wednesday, circa 1917   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.10 "Dear Irene and Folks, I found my lunch [---].It arrived at Wellsoille at 11:22. I have Frank Dwyer, Flanigan, Purcell, Ralph...under my care. We are just a little while from [H---] and the ice in the river beside the track the ice is almost up to the rails...." circa March 14, 1918   1.0 Item Postcard

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 2010.025.1.11 "Dear Irene: I got the candy and finished it today. I did not know that the shoe polish was in it until I got to the bottom of it. The other was pretty near gone. We had a sort of review to day the Captain, Colonol and Adjitant [sic] were present...." Wednesday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.12 "Dear Irene, I received your Monday & Tuesdays letters this forenoon. They were very interesting and I like to read the clippings you send. I think that I have received all the boxes of candy except the last one. I got the box of boughten candy and also the fuge [sic]. There is a Harry J. Campbell here but he has been away...." March 14, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.13 "Dear Irene, I got your nice long Wednesdays' letter this P.M. It was awfully interesting and it seemed just like talking to you almost. Well there is so many questions to answer that I don't know where to begin at. It looks kind of bad about moving. I can see from things that everything is being put in [---] to move...." Friday, circa 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.14 "Dear Irene, I mailed a letter to you today and forgot to put a stamp on it so you will know what the notice if for when you receive it from the P.O. Am sending a film that I took today there are pictures of Silge, Tibbets, Swanson and of Co. E head sargent [sic] on horse back. Howe. Saturday, circa 1918   1.0 Item Postcard

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 2010.025.1.15 "Dear Irene, I am over to the Y writing it in a pretty good place but it is not fixed up much. There are plenty of books here to read, etc. I have got my camera in my pocket and am all ready to shoot. After 8:30 we are at liberty...." Saturday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.16 "Dear Irene, Well I have some news it may be bad and it may be good. We are goint to move when I don't know, when I don't know that is 1 day 2 or 3 days but any way every thing is being packed up. I will let you know where we are going as soon as I find out...." Sunday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.17 "Dear Sweatheart [sic], I received your Sat. letter and also your Sunday letter. In regards to sickness sone of the fellows who are sick and very bad, they just stay inside and don't get out to drill...." Tuesday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.18 "Dear Irene, I have been getting a lot of mail from you but have not been able to answer it because I have been so busy. Was out to the rifle Mon, Tues, and Wednesday about an 8 mile hike out and back. The last shot (inoculation) [sic] I got put me on the [hummer] for a day but I was on the job just the same. I sent you a film did you get it...." Thursday, circa 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.19 "Dear Swetheart [sic], I just returned from N.J. after a 36 hr pass. Went to a number of shows am sending a program it was very good. Stayed at Hotel Remmington. $1.50 up for rooms. I only knew I was going Sat. morning. Next time I will let you know if I can and you can come down. If you could it would be great...." Sunday, circa 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.20 "Dear Irene, Since writing you yesterday I have sent my cloths [sic] home in a bundle and my blanket in the hand bag. The eats have not arrived yet but I hope they will soon. I put my name in for a 36 hour pass to N.J...." Friday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.21 "Dear Sweatheart [sic], I read your letter this A.M. and it seemed good to hear that you were alive well and feeling lonesome. You have no idea how lonesome I am...." Monday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.22 "Dear Sweatheart [sic], This letter may get to you almost as soon as the others. I am going to mail it this P.M. if possable [sic]. I rec'd [some] maple sugar from Pearl Gettes and it was very good. I am going over to the station again to-day and see if the bag is there...." Tuesday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.23 "Dear Sweetheart, I wrote yesterday as if [I] might get a pass home for Easter but I guess not because they have [---] the privelge away for the Jews so they would not give it to us only...." Wednesday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.24 "Dear Sweetheart, We have packed and everything is ready. I exspect [sic] that we will leave camp tonight. I don't know for where. But I thnk we are going to some camp...." Thursday, circa 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.25 "Dear Folks, Arrived safely overseas. I am in good health but lonesome for home...Now don't worry about me...." Undated   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.26 "Dear Folks, You have not heard from me in a good while. I am sorry that I could not get home before leaving but it was impossible. I am in good health but hardly enthusiastic over our rations and the places we sleep. I am having quite a hard time in getting dollars into pence shillings and pounds...." April 14, 1917   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.27 "Dear Folks, I have been so busy that I could not write since I arrived. Well every thing is running smoothly. France is a beautiful country. Every field is green with grass and every farm has a fence around it of some kind of green trees about 2 feet high...." April 19, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.28 "Dear Folks, I suppose you are very worried about me not having heard from me in quite a while. I am in good health and getting plenty to eat. For the past week I have been driving a Dodge Sedan car. Have been almost from one end of France to the other...." April 27, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.29 "Dear Folks, Have not heard anything from you yet but have written you three of four times. I have been driving a Dodge Sedan for the past 3 weeks. I don't know how long I will be away from my company. I am not anxious to go back at all. We have had two good days now but before the weather was cold...." May 3, [1918]   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.30 "Dear Folks, Since writing the other letter which I enclose I have changed my place and position. I have returned to my regiment about 35 miles from where I qas. I had a good job for a while. I am out on the target range at the present time...." May 9, [1918]   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.31 "Dear Folks, Today is Sunday and I have been walking around looking at things. I have been back from [driving] 3 days now and it certainly is a lot different. I have not had any of the training that the rest of the fellows have...." May 12, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.32 "My Dear Sweetheart, I bet you have been feeling kind of indifferent towards the [---] Express Co. on account of someone stealing that camera out of the case. I would not feel so bad about it myself but there were some pictures of myself in it and [Seetz], Tibbets, [Elarege] and a couple others. Too bad about losing it. Well I get so lonesome, some times that I hardly know what to do...." May 13, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.33 "My Dear Irene...About all of the time we are planning what we will do when we get back home. My but I have got a lot of things I am going to do...." May 14, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.34 "Dear Sweatheart [sic], I rec'd your letter of Apr 15 the 14 of may. I was glad to hear all of the news also rec'd a letter from Maude. Just returned from a days work in wire entaglements...." May 15, 1918   1.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.35 "Dear Folks, Have not written for 3 or 4 days have been very busy. We are having very warm weather over here. I should think about 90 in the shade one thing that is nice is that there is usually a breeze blowing. I have done away with almost all of the things you gave me excepting the thread and needles...." May 20, [1918]   5.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.36 "Dear Folks, Have a little spare time so I thought I would send you a word to let you know how I am. I returned this morning from a hike. Slept all the A.M. and now it is 2:30 P.M. I suppose will have the day off and work to-night...." May 22, [1918]   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.37 "Dear Folks, It is 8.00 P.M. and I am out working. There is lots of work to do and things that keep one busy. Talk about rhumors [sic] all kinds and every thing is said. Today is going to be a hot one. The nights are not very cold now...." May 25, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.38 "My Dear Folks, I read 4 letters from home the 24 of May. I have rec'd all up to April 4th. It certainly is great to get mail. It hardly seems that I am so far away frome [sic] home. I will answer one of your questions no I did not have my picture taken in N.Y. I wish I had...." May 26, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.39 "Dear Folks, To-day is Decoration day. It seems longer than it is since I left Sala. Almost all of the day I have eather [sic] been [reading] letters from home or writing. Have had my timie to my self. Seetze and I walked around a bit and looked to see if we could buy some sweets or anything in the shape of cookies but we couldn't...." May 30, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.40 "Dear Folks, I have not had time to write to you lately but, will say I am well get enough to eat eggs cost 8 cents 30 cents for a large loaf of bread...." June 5, 1918   1.0 Item Postcard

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 2010.025.1.41 "Dear Folks, Just rec'd letters up to no 21. We have been moving all of the time so that I did not get much time to write. I mailed a couple of letters yesterday which I wrote as much as 8 days ago. Well at lest [sic] we are in barracks instead of barns and cow sheds...." June 20, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.42 "Dear Folks, Have not been able to write for the past week and half because we have been moving all of the time. The climate is a lot warmer where we are now and it is mountainous country. I am suprised at how poor the people are in this section of the country. They ahve a large building made of stone and clay a small part of it is used for living quarters and the rest for a [barn]...." June 14, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.43 "Dear Folks, It is now about 8:30 P.M. and I thought I would let you know how every thing is going. I have just finished 4 days work in K.P. kitchen work, etc...It rains for about 20 minutes and then the sun shines for about the same length of time. [Then] it starts in raining again...." June 23, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.44 "Dear Folks, I am at the K of C. writing. They have the most comfortable and largest place here about 15 writing tables a small stage, piano and [grafanola]. They have Colliers, Sat. Eve. Post and U.S. papers. It is about the size of Walroth Hall...." Jun 25, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.45 "Dear Folks, About three months ago I left Sala for Campt [sic] Upton and two months ago to day I left the States for over here. It certainly seems more that three months since I was home...At present I am in one of the YMCAs. They have a canteen here and they sell cookies and chockolat [sic]...." June 28, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.46 "Dear Folks, I received four letters yesterday and was more than glad to get them. The picture was the best of all and I have been sorry that I did not have one long before. I have been so lonesome without it but now it is a lot easiere to get along...." July 3, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.47 "My dear Sweatheart [sic], I rec'd the 4 letters I spoke about this A.M. and as usual spent a happy half hour. It certainly does seem funny to be way off here and know that every letter I receive is about 3 weeks old at least and that many new things have happened since which I don't know about. This letter is coming through the base censor it is enclosed in one of those green envelopes as it is called...." July 5, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.48 "Dear Folks, I am down at the K of C. writing this letter. They have just rec'd the latest Sat Evening Posts Litery [sic] Digest etc from the States and of course I am very interested. A piano is going back of me and Graphionola [sic] a little ways down the lines and so you see that this is quite an active place...." [July] 7, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.49 "My Dear Sweatheart [sic], I rec'd two letters from you yesterday and was more than pleased to get the ones I did. nos 40, 41. It seems that about 6 of them have not arrived yet. I have been intending to drop a card to Miss Anderson but did not know her address. So you are working hard. Well it seems if one works hard that the time passes quicker...." July 15, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.50 "Dear Folks, I am going up to the lines for a few days to do some Eng. work. Will be gone for a week of so...." July 19 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.51 "Dear Folks, Thought I had better let you know that I am all O.K. and in good health. We are at a distance frome [sic] our company so have not rec'd any mail and do not know when we will get it...." July 23, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.52 "Dear Folks, It is 12:30 and I am at the Y.M.C.A. writing this. We have one hour more when we are working. Did you ever notice the men working on the P.R.R. track. Shoveling [---] [and] loading nails, etc. Well I am doing about the same things at the present time. I rec'd letter no 36 yesterday and I found that about 4 letters from you have gone astray. I suppose they will be about a week late...." July, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.53 "Dear Folks, I have not been able to write for last week because I have been moving practically all of the while. I am in good health. I can not tell you where I am but you read a lot about it in the papers every day. Have not had any close calls yet...." August 13, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.54 "My dear Folks, I have not been able to write very much because we have been on the move most of the time. Now we are situated for a few weeks at least. The weather here is very warm and pratically no breeze. We do most of our work at night. In fact most of the things that are done are done at night. We are getting plenty to eat but not much sleep...." August 16, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.55 "Dear Folks, I will have to write another letter to replace one that I had written and lost. My Co. has moved back frome [sic] the lines (about 5 kilos [farther]) (3 miles). They don't get much shelling there. I am in good health [now] was slightly gassed but only a little. Some of our fellows got it bad...." August 26, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.56 "My dear Folks, I just rec'd two letters from you 60, 1. They were interesting. And I was glad to get another letter also. It took 20 days for the mail to come. You can do just what you see fit with the car (that is about seeling it ) of course I suppose that the other cars are [raising] in the same proportion to the Buick. Of course if the car is out of date we could have another body put on and it would make it look a lot different...." Sept 1, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.57 "Dear Folks, I have not been able to write for the last 3 or 4 days because we were continualy [sic] on the move. We may move again in a day or so. I have been on the lines ever since the 11 of last month. My Company has had only 2 casualities [sic] that were serious (both died) frome [sic] shell fire. I am living in a hole in the ground and so are the officers for that matter...." Sept 6, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.58 "My dear Folks, I just rec'd a no. of letters including that list of names you sent. Have had no. 97 for some time 4 weeks I guess maybe a litter over. They come so irregular allso [sic] letter 37 I am saving I expect I will get letter 88 before very long. Well it is the best that they can do because I suppose millions of letter arrive every week...." Sept 9, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.59 "My dear Folks, Have just got a few sheets of paper from a Y.M.C.A. man so decided to write and let you know what kind of weather success, eats and treatment I am having. To begin with the weather is [---] rains four or five times a day then the sun shines for a little while and then it starts to rain again. I sleep under my shelter half on the side of a hill. And if it rains for more than 15 or 20 minutes have to move or get wet. We get plenty to eat and of very good food...." September 12, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.60 "My dear Folks, We are starting to move out for a rest after having been at this front 1 month and 3 days. We certainly are keeping at the [---] as I write this news comes in that our forces have just started another drive on one of the other fronts and taken 8,000 prisoners on the first day...." September 14, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.61 "My dear Folks, I have not been able to write for the last three or [four] weeks because I have been busy moving frome [sic] one place to another (one front to another). The weather is getting cold now and the nights have quite a chill to them. I have two blankets (one of my own) so you see I am quite warm. We are builited [sic] in a house [which has] been deserted by the [population] on account of firing so close to the lines...." September 21, 1918   6.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.62 "My dear Folks, I am sending you an address which one of my boy friends wanted you to send one of those lists to it is S. [Lombard], 174 Ave. U Brooklyn, N.Y. We are still in the same place we were two days ago...." September 23, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.63 "My dear Irene, To-day they inaugerated [sic] a new rule for the messangers [sic] and I am just as mad as can be, in fact it is an outrage. We have to get up at 6 oclock for check role [sic] call. Of course it is not absolutely necessary for us to get up at that time not at all but our Capt. thinks it is and his word goes...." September 24, 1918   4.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.64 "My Dear Folks, I have not been feeling very well for the last 2 or 3 days. I have had trouble with my stomach. The same trouble I had when Dr. Hoffler fixed me up that time. I feel better now, but by no means well...." October 2, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.65 "My Dear Folks, Well I have some news to write to you. I am writing from the Hospital just get that will you. I may be luck[y] to be there and I may not. You see it was this way I had not been feeling well for the last day or two and so I went to see the Dr. He told me that I had yellow jaundice. It is caused by the liver not acting properly. I am getting yellow...." October 9, 1918   4.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.66 "My Dear Folks, Today is Sat. and I have been officially sick since last Friday and in reality about 4 days longer. It first started with cramps and stomack-ache, but now the cramps have gone and I have a headake [sic] now and thenand my back is pretty sore...." October 12, 1918   6.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.67 "Dear Folks, Yesterday the papers came out with the news that Germany would evacuate all invaded territory in order to have an armistice. It almost seems toogood to be true...." October 14, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.68 "Dear Folks, I suppose you may think that I have kicked the bucket and gone to H---, but such is not the case as yet any way. I have been at this hospital for about 4 weeks now. I have rece'd any mail from you at all. I suppose it is at the company waiting fo9r my return...." November 7, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.69 "Dear Folks, I has been some time since you heard from me. Well I am in the hospital. I have been here for about 6 weeks. I expect to leave Monday the 18th. It is getting awful tiresome waiting and the Armistice has only been signed 5 dayss...." November 16, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.70 "My Dear Folks, I suppose you will think I am dead or on my way home but such is not the case. I wrote you just before leaving the Hospital and every day since. I have been hiking from 12 to 20 miles a day to get back to my company...." December 12, 1918   4.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.71 "Dear Folks, i just returned from guard duty, 24 hours 2 on and 4 off. I thot [sic] I would have a chance to write while on duty but no, I did not have the time. It certainly is [---] weather here. Rain all day and slight snow flurries just enough to make it sloppy. The company drills just the same rain or shine...." December 18, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.72 "Dear Folks, The last letter I rec'd was dated Nov. 27 but to day I got one which came on a slower boat. I [---] because it is dated Nov. 19. That was the way it used to be just a month for it to come. All mail from home looks good I don't care how old it is...." December 19, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.73 "My Dear Irene...I rec'd your letters no 126-7 to day. It [actually] seems good because I am kind of discouraged in a way. I don't think we will go home for quite a while yet. We may even go with the army [of] occupation for a while...." December 22, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.74 "Dear Irene, I came off general duty again this morning and have the P.M. off. Have just been reading a bunch of old letters which I had the ones I got when I got back from the hospital. The day is just as rainey [sic] as ever if not more so and it is getting a little colder...." December 23, 1918   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.75 "My dear Irene, Well today is Christmas and we have had a big feed and no work. Roast pork, mashed potatoes, peas gravy, stuffing, apple sause [sic] salad and soup and of course coffee. They had a big barrel of beer and of course you know how I like that...." December 25, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.76 "My dear Irene, I forgot to tell you that I rec'd the money that you sent. It came at a good time because I have not rec'd my pay yet. I have been so busy for the last two days that I have not written. In fact the only good place to write is to go into a French house and write on their table...." December 28, 1918   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.77 "My Dear Irene, Well today is the last day of the year and I am in France waiting to come home. Last year at this time I was dreading the trip to camp. But I did not think that the war would be finished as soon as it was. We are going to celebrate to night...." December 31, 1918   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.78 "My dear Folks, Well this morning I returned from another 24 hours guard duty. It was pretty good weather only kind of cold. I used my helmit [sic] and it was warm as could be. We only drill 2 hours in the morning now (beginning with to day) and work on the roads in the P.M...." January 2, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.79 "My Dear Folks, Today is the 3 day of this happy new year??? Do you get it? I am enjoying the fruits of your gifts at home to the Y.M.C.A's sitting in the heet [sic] and writing home on their paper. I just went into the [c---] and bought two packages of biscuit 40 cents 1 bar of chocolate 10 cents. The chocolate is for tomorrows chocolate cake. I wish you were here to help us eat it...." January 3, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.80 "My Dear Irene, Have just returned from work and it is dark. [We are] at present fixing the roads of Grance I hope we don't do it very long because it is hard work. We dig out holes in the road, places which would make mud holes, fill them with stone and tamp it down...." January 6, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.81 "Dear Irene, We worked a half day on the roads and the other part of the day we took a bath...There is a rumor current that we leave here for an embarkation port next week but I don't think it has any real foundation...." January 7, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.82 "My Dear Folks, I rec'd the Xmas package last night. The pen is fine but the pencil is not what I wanted. I guiss [sic] I did not say what kind of a pencil I wanted you to get. I wanted one of those Eversharp pencils you see them advertised in the Sat. Evening Post. Now the one you sent will fill all requirements and be fine. The candy tasted just like home and I ate it all and wished I had more. I am glad you sent the socks because I knead [sic] another pair. The ink is better than the general run of ink over here. Say the sweater is the best thing I have. It is the first thing I grab in the morning and the last thing I take off at night...." January 11, 1919   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.83 "My Dear Folks, Today is Friday and tomorrow we have inspection. I have to clean up and shine my shoes. I worked on the roads today. This is the second week of road work. I don't know how many more we have but hope not many. Next week we have [---] steam roller on the work. I will be able to take a job with the [Buntz] when I get back. I do not think we will be back very soon. It will probably be late in the spring. Of course we do not know for sure but we can see the preperation [sic] they are making. It certainly does seem funny that they want to keep us here after we have done our bit. We had ought to be home by rights at an early date. I wrote to Frank Blinn...." January 11, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.84 "Dear Folks, I have had a little change any way. I am driving a 3 ton truck hauling stone for the roads. I like it better than handling a pick and shovel. I was able to get enough paper to [start]. It is the first time they have had any in for a long while...." January 15, 1919   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.85 "Dear Irene, I was down to the Co. to night and got one letter from you Dec 30. In every letter you write as if you thought I would be home most any time. I hate to disapoint [sic] you but I don't think we will be home right away. Mrs. Blinn's letter was very interesting...." January 17, 1919   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.86 "Dear Folks, Today is Sunday and I have not done very much. I was up to a town about 18 kilo away to see if I could get my truck that I am driving but can not get it until to-morrow. It was stolan [sic] sometime between Friday at 6 o'clock and Sat. morning at 8...." January 19, 1919   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.87 "My Dear Folks, I have not written for the last few days because I have been busy. The company is still working on the roads and I am driving the truck. The wheather [sic] has not been very cold but we have had a little snow. Wghat kind of seather are you having...." January 30, 1919   3.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.88 "My Dear Folks, Since last writing we have moved about 300 kilos towards the coast. We were on the train for 2 nights and 2 days. This part of the country is not so cold as [Chateauvilleian]. It is about 150 kilos from St. Nazarine the embarkation port...." February 18, 1919   2.0 Pages

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 2010.025.1.89 "Dear Folks, Now don't laugh when you see what kind of paper I am writing on because it is the only kind I could get. They had none in the office because it had been all given out....' February 22, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.90 "Dear Folks, Well today is another rainey [sic] day. Yesterday we were reviewed by General Pershing about 25 thousand of us were assembled on one field and at a command we marched forward in front of the camera through mud up to our ankles. We arrived about 2 hours before the general came and stood in line two hours after he arrived...." February 25, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.91 "Dear Folks, Well to-day it did not rain for a wounder [sic]. It haled [sic] for a little while though. At present our schedual is 3 hours drill in the A.M. and 2 hours exercise with base ball, foot ball or some form of athletics. This afternoon I sprained my ankle and it swelled quite bad. I suppose I will be laid up for a week of so...." February 26, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.92 "My Dear Folks, It has been quite a few days since I have been able to write. We moved to a little town called [Longues]. It was impossable [sic] to find any paper and envelopes so I have had to wait until I could get some...." March 8, 1919   1.0 Page

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 2010.025.1.93 "Dear Folks, Train jerks so I can't write. Have just passed through Middletown, N.J. The McC--- fellow who was drunk got lost at one of the towns (Port Jarvis) was [---] on the coach from 2-4. I got about 3 hrs sleep. Had breckfast [sic] 8. Plenty of hot coffee sandwitchs [sic] and oranges. About 40 miles from Jersy [sic] City 8:50. We are the only boys on this train. Love to All. Undated   1.0 Item Postcard

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 2010.025.1.94 Hello, am here for 30 hours pass. Left camp 8 oclock Sat. Return at 9 to night. Have been speding time and money seeing shows. Good ones wish you were here too. Did not expect to gett [sic] pass. We passed in under this bridge [Brooklyn Bridge] [when] we went to camp on the ferry from Jersey City. Will write soon. Love, Howe. circa March 24, 1919   1.0 Item Postcard

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 2010.025.1.95 Envelopes, originally accompanying the letters, all addressed to Miss Irene Sherman. 1917-1919   36.0 Items

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 2010.025.1.96 Envelopes, originally accompanying the letters, all addressed to Miss Irene Sherman. 1917-1919   31.0 Items

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 2010.025.1.97 "A Talk on Salesmanship" by Charles A. Meeker. Typed [transcription] of a talk in four segments, with envelope which reads: "(Private - do not open.) A TALK ON SALESMANSHIP By Charles A. Meeker. Property of Irene Sherman." Undated   4.0 Pages 4 typed pages with envelope

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