|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/15/1919.
From Brest, France
April 26th, 1919
My Dear Mother: - I received your letter of March 31st, and I will say
that I was awfully glad to hear from you all. You don't write so
often but I got several letters from Amy and Elva.
I am well and feel mighty fine to be in France. You ask me what
division I belonged to. I don't belong to any but only wish I did
for I might get to come home pretty soon. It looks like the way I
am situated up here in this camp that I will be here several months yet,
and I do not look to get home before fall.
I will tell you something about this city. It has a population
of about ninety thousand and is an important port where so many of our
boys come to sail for home. There are about ninety thousand soldiers
in this camp. So you can see that the Americans are as many in number
as the French. You were wanting to know what my work was like.
Well, it can be compared with storekeeping, only on a much larger scale.
I work in the warehouse. Some days I am pretty busy and some days
I do nothing. You know the Quarter Master Corps furnishes the army
with all its equipment, but there is lots of us and we will not kill ourselves
I got a letter from George last week. He was well at that time
and did not say how soon he expected to sail for the states. I surely
do think he is mistaken about having to stay over here. I think he
will get home soon.
Tell all around there to write, as I surely would be glad to get a letter
from anybody over there. You say most of the boys are back from the
army from Richardson. I am mighty glad of that. If I can't
be there now my time is coming I suppose. It sure will be a happy
time with me when I am sailing for the good old U.S.A.
They call this "Sunny France" but I have another name for it and have
had all the good times I want over here.
With lots of love to all, I remain your son,