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Postville Herald (Newspaper) - July 12, 1918, Postville, Iowa Postville Herald successor to the "3tt� sixth year Postville Iowa Friday july 12, 1918 number 37 Pfrom our Soldier boys letter from prot. G. W. Hunt. Som Whei o in Franco Juno 21, 1018. Dear or. Roberts the letter which you addressed to Camp Upton has fluidly found me after a Pursuit across the Atlantic and from Dan to jeers he a a in prance. You May to sure i was glad to get it for letters Are scarce articles Over hero. Indeed ouly twice i once i have been Hore have i received Fetters. Even an american newspaper Tot Magazine is vary difficult to secure. I now that our trip across is a part of ancient history perhaps the censor i inns o the capital As a bribe will allow some details. Vic were on the water flight on Days on Board a freighter _ together with some australian sol liars. The latter had been on the Poat forty Days previous to our join by them. We had rather More than our share t end Orience i suspect. Three Days Ore Wero of very rough sea during Titch we missed by Only a few feet sliding with another boat. You no out read in the papers of the sinking of the Moldavia we witnessed it or that ship up to the time it was a Pedoe was in our Convoy. You May be sure that we were a relieved let of men when we set foot on the soil of Ould the port in England from which we galled to go to France was the same Sartor from which the pilgrims embarked. Sincerely u. W. Hunt. The above letter was received wednesday of this week by Harvey Rob erts. Letter from Harry Hanks. Camp Hancock a. July 5, 1918. Dear folks should have written to of sooner but have been so blamed Usy Here nights that 1 have not had he time to spare. We arrived at Augusta sunday morning and got out at Camp about 3 30 p. M., and it sure was Orao change from Camp Johnston. Are sleeping in tents and eating out of iness kits and the latrines Are a joke no hot water at All. Sure did not like it at first but am fairly Well satisfied now. This Camp is in a much better location than Camp Johnston Down there All you could see was Sand Sand Sand but Here there Are plenty of Woods and a much higher location All around. It looks almost like a scene along yellow River. Thoro Are quite a Bunch of men Here at present and More expected in a few Days. Practically All of them Are drafted men and Are composed of All the races in the world. They Are All machine gun men and it is sure interesting to watch them with their guns and trenches and the dummies for Bayonet practice. Believe me this is a real military Camp and altogether different from j. We see lots of British and French officers Here As they Are instructing the men in some of the finer Points of the game. 18 of us made the trip Here and All of them Are Fine Fellows so we get along in Good shape. We Are supposed to work in the office of capt. Cook the quartermaster Here but they Are reorganizing the whole system so Only a few Are at their regular jobs and the rest of us not doing much of anything but sitting around outside thy office. Think we will All be assigned to out regular places in a few Days we Are Only about so Miles from Columbia s. A whore Nick and Spud Are stationed and if 1 can possibly get Over any time will certainly do so Trio the chances look slim right no. I have Nick s address so must write him a few Linos so Long As we Are so close to each other. I sure like this country and Oli Inato much bettor than Florida and so far it has been no hotter in the Day time and much cooler at night. Two or three nights ago i slept with three thicknesses of Blanket Over to and then was Cool. It is a much higher and dryer climate than Florida Aud for that reason i think it is much healthier. Don t think a Dickens of a lot of Trio town of Augusta Tho As it is Only about forty or fifty thousand quite a Little sin Allor than j. Went up there yesterday at 10 30 and stayed until 10 p. In. They have n few Nice Parka but their business Section is not much to brag about. The people Are very accommodating Aud pleasant Tho and they have a pretty Well looking Bunch of girls so that helps some walked across Tho Bridges Over the Savannah River yesterday into 13, c. And. Can t see that it looks much different from Georgia. Trio River la sure a funny color almost Rod from the Clay i think. Lights Are not out hero until 0 p. In. And first Call at 0 a. The evenings Are much longer Here As it does not get dark until about 9 . And does not begin to get Light until 5 30. Will try to be More prompt in writing from now on. With love to All Harry. Letter trom Merle Cole. Somewhere in France june 8, 1918. A dear Harry i received Beaucoup mail today As i got six Nice Long letters. You have probably read of the president Lincoln being sunk. I know several Fellows on that boat and if you Soe a casualty list i wish you would Send it to me As i have not been Able to see one Over Here. Have had some very interesting experiences since i came Here a fling at Gas High explosives Etc. Was in an observation Post while it was being shelled and it is not Tho most comfortable feeling in the world. Also had one move into the room next to me and they make awful poor neighbors. They had the decency to make it a Dud so it did t explode or i Don t know just what would have happened. I wish you could see this country at this season. It certainly is Beautiful with its violets and poppies Blooming everywhere. Had a vory interesting time in an observation Post some time ago and had the pleasure of seeing our guns bring Down a German plane. It is a very common occurrence to see them firing at planes but they Are hard to hit. It is a Beautiful sight to watch Thein firing a barrage at night when All the batteries Are firing almost As fast As they can Load the it sure lights things up. With lots of love m. W. Cole. Letter from Talcott Boll in an. Camp Doniphan okla., june 29, 1918. Dear Mother those of us who did not have to go on fatigue duty have the afternoon off so after washing up some of my clothes there is still some time to spare so i will make use of the Opportunity by writing you a letter. You see if our clothes Don t pass inspection our names Are taken by the first sergeant of the company and we get extra work at Tho woodpile in the Kitchen or with pick and shovel and you maj guess none of us like to work very Well Whilo the other follows have Leisure time to read write or follow any other recreation he desires. However they manage to slight no one altho the Only extra work i be had to do since enlisting was Kitchen duty and that came to me More by turn than anything else. A6k any of the boys who come Home on a Furlo and they will Tell you what k. P. Duty if. I m getting More accustomed to conditions As they exist in the army so that Drill and the hot weather Don t affect me so much now As they did at first. There was a terrible dust storm last night preceding a terrific downpour of rain and if you never saw an Oklahoma dust storm you be got an experience coming. It seems to make but Little difference How hard it Rains Here on this red Gravelly soil it gets dry and Dusty in less than twelve hours. Trio y. C. A. Is certainly doing a great work for the boys in Khaki and you May Well guess the boys appreciate it too. They furnish us with writing material plenty of Reading matter and a Good place to write our let tors most of the y buildings have some kind of a musical instrument oftentimes a piano Aud there is always some of the boys who can play it. Our company is going to Start a band of its own soon altho the Goth artillery brigade already has the Best baud in the state. By the Way this Camp is being fixed up to Are guessing that several thousand drafted men will to Bro t Here for training soon. We have been having Gas mask Drill for two or three Days Aud it took considerable practice before 1 could put one of in six seconds. We took two Gas tests but they were pretty careful to see that none of us got too badly affected. Quite a number of the boys have to be taken to the Hospital every week but oftentimes it s their own fault because they eat and drink Loo much for double time at Drill. I am surely getting my share of let tors and it keeps to pretty Busy answering them ii Ivy time a Box comes for any of the boys Jill Tho others in his Section gather around Htiu to see if there is any cake or Candy. Well you can t blame them for they Seldom get much of either. Hut the Moat useful articles of All Are Khaki coloured thread buttons Etc., shaving and toilet soaps or something like that. It s pretty hard for some of the boys to get along without sugar butter and milk altho the food to get is usually Good and wholesome. I like most anything eatable that is Well cooked so i get along All right. One of our greatest annoyances while at Drill is the constant hum of aeroplanes Over our Heads because it s almost impossible to hear the order Given and if we Don t obey orders somebody gets detail work. You perhaps would t believe it if i should Tell Yon that nearly a third of the soldiers in the 1st Aud 2nd companies Here Are composed of foreign nationalities German French ital in greek they make Good soldiers too. Well As i Haven t been away from Camp since i came Here from fort Douglass Utah there in t much news to Tell so i la close for this time. Received a Good newsy letter the other Day from Hale hurling which i must answer soon. Hoping this finds you All Well Happy and industrious i am sincerely your son. Talcott l. I10llman, 6th Art. Brigade recruit detachment co. No. 2. Letter from Louis w. Brandt Camp Dix new Jersey june 30th, 1918. Dear folks i received your letter a few Days ago and was glad to hear from you. I am Well at present and Hope the same of you. I will Tell you a Little about our trip from Camp Pike Arkansaw. We came through Saint Louis Columbus Ohio Indianapolis Pittsburg and Philadelphia. We saw some Fine wheat and the Farmer were Busy harvesting and putting up Hay Indiana was the busiest state we came through. It was a Nice Lively country and the crops looked Fine. Pittsburg and the surrounding country is quite roughs it lies j a tween the mountains and along the Delaware River and the Railroad Tiack made a Horseshoe Bend every once in a the mines from Pittsburg to Philadelphia we began to go More up Grade and Here the land is much More level. Philadelphia is quite a Large place and is Only about 30 Miles from Here. We also stopped at st Louis and h. A Parade and the red Cross served us with refreshments As did also the red Cross at Philadelphia which sure was appreciated by All the boys and you want to know it. We Are Only about 60 Miles from new York. We have to Cook when we work in the Kitchen. We Don t have six Cooks each Day Only three one Day and three tre next As they change about so that when we work in the Kitchen we have to Wash dishes sweep and scrub the floor Wash All the tables and Peel potatoes. We have three extra men to do this and who Don t do any of the cooking. We have about 100 new men now which relieves us old men from k. P. Duty More and Well soon be putting them on guard duty. You say you Are picking gooseberries and i Hope that i May be Abu to be there to help you eat them this Winter. I think we will soon leave for somewhere in France in the near future and Yoji will see that the 312th engineers will get the Kaiser As the engineers Are Well trained and ready for him. I wrote a letter to Molvin at Camp Dodge the same Day i got yours and am glad he s getting along Fine. The weather is Fine Here at present and we All like it although the soil is quite Sandy. Well i will close for this time As it is nearly noon. I am going to written new Jersey this evening As it is Only a half mile North of the Camp. They have a big army theatre there and also some. Good movies. With love to All i am As Ever Louis w. Brandt co. A 312th engineers Camp Dix new Jersey. A great Chautauqua. The above letter was sent to us by John Schroeder of Castalia. We Are anxious to receive letters from the Soldier boys and ask All who receive such to Send them to us for . Postville s five Day Chautauqua is All out and All Over and it is was likewise All Good. Financially it was a big Success and the Best evidence of the satisfaction it gave is the fact that the contracts with Keith Vawter for the next year s Chautauqua were signed up before the tent left town and practically enough pledges for the Purchase of season tickets for it Are in the hands of the local committee to cover the guarantee. From Start to finish Chautauqua was one Success piled upon another and in the language of the circus Herald we can say in truth that it Assur passes and overshadows All of its illustrious predecessors it s equal the world has never seen the Arden entertainers lifted the lid to the feast of Good things to come on the afternoon of july fourth with a program of songs and readings by a talented company that elicited encore after Envoi a Little excitement occurred at de Corah last week when a woman drove an automobile up to the Post office and loft it without the brakes being set. She had no sooner stepped away than the Auto started backward Down the Street it did not go far before the wheels cramped and it ran up onto the sidewalk into the Telephone Post by the Anderson barn and stopped without any damage. If it had kept the Road it would have gathered enough momentum to have sent it Down into the Creek. ,

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