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Catalog Number 1982.83.59a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

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[American Y.M.C.A. letterhead] Apr 24 1918 Dear Cousin I rec’d your welcome letter’s of March 18 and was very glad to hear from that part of the country. I am very well no doubt you are the same as [Oklahoma] winds will either kill you or make a husky out off you. I should say you should be excited about the “Oil Boom” I hope you are fortunate enough to have one or

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more on your Farm. I don’t think you will be drafted I hope not. I can carry on a conversation in French. Tell Emma I can romp on the clarinet same as violin and I would like to play with this band Tell her to give Pruitt my best regards. I see lots of airplains ever day of all kinds It is very interesting to see them battle with each other. I am anxious to see that son of yours. does he favor you any? So Mame got married well mabe I

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can take her hubbys place if he gets bumped off in the war. How is the fire Water for (Egg-nog) they have good wine over here allso champagne. are the roads any better down there now? They were shure a fright when I was there before. I heard from home they are all well. I am in a more prosperous part of France than I was the land isent at all bad and they have more modern Farm machinary. I dont expect to be back for a

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long time I have grown a Moustache I will send you a picture when I can get one taken. Do you ever have time to play your Flute? we are haveing cold damp rainy Weather worse than [Kansas City] I shure wish I was there now back at the Globe. well I must close as I think we will be payed this afternoon I am as ever Your Cousin Walt [censor signature]

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 April 24, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Draft
Music
Family
Weather