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Catalog Number 1982.83.45a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

[wshaw_0045_0001]

Oct 9 – 17 Dear Ma – : Rec’d the papers you sent me, yesterday I thank you Very much. I am fine. We are haveing cold wet weather very dissagrable we had a field Tourament [Sunday] our Reg. won nearly all the Trophies all but one and we got second on that. The band played. we all wore overcoats I shure got chilled through we were setting on benches that made us feel the wind more my fingers had no feeling in them. They

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felt like Wood. I seen lots of names in the paper that I dident know. I guess in a couple of more years I wont know hardly any body in [Bonner Springs]. Did Wyane Stanford join the army? who is running the picture show now. If you see poasters out advertiseing The Troops in France you may see Our Band. I see there natives threshing their wheat they have their machines in the barn and they are run by horse power. I sleep warm I have 3 blankets, a Poncho, Shelter, half, and a bed sac filled with straw use Pants and coat for Pillow. we all wear Hobb Nail Shoes they with stand the Stones better. I seen in the paper where Louis Pickard played at glenwodd with Miss Brown Did you hear her? we got some Tobacco yesterday it was given us by some city I dont know which one. Keep somers practiseing lots. I played on a french mans violin the Other day couldent play very much one can forget a whole lot in a short time. I had a tooth filled last wk. I have improved some in tone on the Clarinet I think I

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shall buy a Bohem System. all the best players Use them and I can get a 40% discount over here. I will not buy any before the 1st of the year I will next month send you the money to pay Clyde, and Hart I have ben in no hurry because he wasent. I dont expect a letter till next wk from you we got 2nd class mail this wk. I rec’d a letter from Pearl She said she was going to call on you again I will instruct her not to call anna any more. I had Pearl pay a music Bill for me in [Kansas City] she got Charles to Identify her must close [censor signature] Your Loving Son [18th Infantry] Band A E F H.q.Co 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 October 9, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Weather
Tournaments
Paper
Music
Family