Letter from 29 Dec 1917 from Glenn to his mother

Letter dated 29 December 1917 from Glen Kaiser to his mother

[Please note: This letter contains offensive terms and/or otherwise objectionable and outdated language. This language does not reflect my own views or values. These terms may be omitted from the transcription, but are not censored from the original letter.]

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Dec 29, 1917
Waco, Texas

Dear Mother
I got your letter this morning. it has been cold here for the last two or three day. I send same cards last night one to Mrs. Parkings and one to Miss Lawson and send Kate and Anna the same time you got yours. I got a fine box from Lawson and he send same cicarettes. I have not got the blades and tobacko yet. will be glad to get the blades so I can shave. send Alf address the next letter, also Floyds. We do not know were we are going only it is East. I am about 170 miles from Achal northof

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I have not been sick since I been here. about half of the boy here are sick in bed. There is one of them sick in this tent. This tent got on fire the morning about five. But I sleep thru it all. We are about half mile from Waco so we got up the at night. There was Red cross box gaven away here but those that came from Camp grant did not get any. that was fine. That card I send to you is all tru. they are picking cotton seeds here for cotton oil and the [word omitted] are backer then cole. Well they is all I know so answer soon. Co. E 127 Inf.

3 thoughts on “Letter from 29 Dec 1917 from Glenn to his mother

    1. Liz, I’m not sure, but I was also curious. I searched for “Camp MacArthur” in newspapers from late December 1917 to early January 1918. Those reports don’t mention sickness at all, except one article in The Capital Times (Madison, WI) on 9 Jan 1918. It said that “I found our boys in the best of health… Camp conditions were ideal… inspection shows the 32nd division, located at Camp MacArthur, to be the best trained division in all the camps. He [Colonel John J. Bradley] also reported upon the excellent health conditions of the camp and praised its location and surroundings. Camp MacArthur has had the lowest percentage of sickness of any of the southern cantonments.” So, apparently, Glenn overestimated the extent of the illness in the camp, or the health conditions of the boys were being shielded from the Colonel, or perhaps they all recovered in a short amount of time! It’s still a little bit of a mystery!


      1. Thanks, EvaAnne. The reason I asked is that I have been following a New Hampshire blog remembering the men (and a few women) who died in WWI. The number of deaths from Spanish influenza at Ft. Devens in Massachusetts was catastrophic.


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