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Catalog Number 1982.83.44a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

[wshaw_0044_0001]

Sept 30 – 17 Dear Ma - : Rec’d your letter of [September] 11 yesterday that Was shure a quick trip I allso got one from Pearl She is well. To-day is [Sunday]. I went to church at the Y.M.C.A. The Reg. chaplin led the service The weather is cool to day my fingers are so stiff I can hardly write I suppose Uncle Ean has kicked off by now well that’s no more than a whole lot are doing every day. You we wondering

[wshaw_0044_0002]

what kind of stoves the cooks use to cook on well they are flat stoves they set over a hole in the earth in the field they have rolling Kitchens. I think it Will do [George] B. good to be in the army he Will have to snap out. we sleep warm have plenty cover. How is Glady’s Bearden is she going to [University of Kansas] tell her hello for me if not. Well I just got my hair cut Out side in the wind must say it is not a very expert job. I got some fine clarinet reeds in Paris they cost 6F a Doz about $1.05 in U.S.$3 some difference we are Playing the Bohemian Girl Overture to night have 6 clarinets in band makes a good reed section. How is Gray getting along is he still With Rich-con I am going to settle with Clyde next Pay day I could have long ago but he seemed in no hurry to pay me. so E Johnson enlisted in the Engineer corps Well that is a good branch of service. I think it a good idea for Papa to join the union. There are some salvation army men over here they go all over the world I guess. we had roast Beef gravy Potoes bread Coffee and Tomato stew with Hard tack in it what more could one want.

[wshaw_0044_0003]

I havent done any K.P. since I left [Arizona] France is a great Country I asked a frenchman how old a church was I seen the other day it was over 1000 years and looked just as good as ever I think these towns have ben the same size and run the same for hundreds of years no One seems to hurry about things the women work as much as men. They have american mowing machines Ect. well I must quit I have no news I am your Loving Son Walter [censor signature] A.E.F. Via New York

From the service of Private Walter G. Shaw, 18th Infantry Band, 1st Division. With band tour of Italy 2-3/18. Gassed at Cantigny 5/4/18. Died at No. Charpentry in the Argonne.
Date September 30, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Family
Mail
Military life
Food
Music
Songs
Churches
Weather
Paying bills