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Catalog Number 1982.83.40
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:


Sept 1 1917 Dear Ma – : I just rec’d your letter of [August] 12 I am well and getting along fine. It has ben very cool the last week also rainy I seent $12 more to Kimballs last Week. I am glad to know Sommers is getting along well with her music She must practise lots and keep her at it every day I have not made any allotment as We have no blanks at the office but I can get


“Money Orders” now. I got a letter from Tessa 1 wk ago she said they were expecting a baby. Grandpa Emette Shaw. Uncle Joe is a Great Grandpa now. I Will play no violin while in France have no time for such I Rec’d a letter from C.A. Shaw’s youngest girl She has a school for next year. One Can see more motor trucks in 1 day some times than you can in [Kansas City] in 3 day’s I gets dark where we are now about 8.30 mabe I will see Johnson I dont think so though. How Was the wheat crop this year. It seems strange you havent heard but once from me I guess School begins soon this Week. I thought of Annettes Death it dosent seem so long ago time certainly does fly. goes pretty fast here. The musicans are attached to the Hospital Corps on the field so you know What their duties are We are playing Jolly Robbers Overture tonight I am not improving much


As I cant do much practiseing that is we are not in a position to learn much in music I doubt if I ever play when I get out of course I may It will take a long time to regain my tenchnic In violin I am learning a little French it is hard you say every thing backwards the certainly laugh When some of us try to talk to them same as we do When a foriegener trys to tak American I must close as I cant write any news I am Your Loving Son Walter Same address [censor signature written in bottom margin]

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 1, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Military life