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My Dear Aunt Jessie : - I have been thinking of you quite often lately. The magazines have come and I also received another pair of knitted socks, all of which I am certainly thankful. I don’t know what I would have done this past winter if it wasn’t for those socks you made for me. It is getting summer now, but I am going to put them carefully away and save them for future use. We sent several thousand
men east lately and are going to send more soon. This is confidential of course. No officers are going with them. From what I hear, I believe a great majority of the officers will remain here for another year. The second draft arrives about the first week in April from what I hear. They go to the detention camp for a few weeks where they are vaccinated, injected for typhoid and para-typhoid fevers, and where all contagious carriers are separated. Then they ship the remainder to us. It certainly must be fine to look out over palm trees and orange groves. There is nothing new here but the good old Kansas prairies. The dust has been thick this last
week. It seems as though the whole state of Kansas blows over this place one day and back the next. Most of us have to wear goggles. Everything is about the same here. The same old crowd and the mess is doing nicely. I hope you all will stop by on your way back. I advise you not to if it is a windy day, however. The regiment is trying hard to raise money for a building for entertainments and a place to take the ladies when they visit the men here. We have almost enough now to begin. I bought myself a camera the other day and have been snapping pictures every now and then. When
I get some good ones, I shall send some to you. Mother was sick for awhile. She had some teeth pulled. She is about well now. Give my best to Uncle Frank. Much love to you and Jessie. Burnham Thursday.
From the service of James Kellogg Burnham Hockaday, First Lieutenant, 354th Infantry, 89th Division.
Hockaday, James Kellogg Burnham
World War I
Clothing & dress