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Springfield Ohio. [September] 26, 1920 Dear Friend of William,- I feel very much like an intruder stepping on sacred and hallowed ground. I am only a public school teacher, that was a war-time nurse and am now teaching in [Springfield] living with Mr. and Mrs. Moore. I came here six wks. after this terrible accident.
Mrs. Moore asked me to write for her, you understand. Your letter was most beautiful and I read it to Mrs. Moore. She asks you to please write to her any little incidents or happenings in France that her son was interested or acquainted with. She surely was a wonder-ful mother for she surely had three wonderful sons. Two of her sons live near by and show their greatness in the way they treat their mother and their loving wives. I only wish you knew them. Write please to Mrs. Moore and she will answer herself. She can never forget you for your kindness to her beloved son. He never was well since he came home. His mother believes that it would not have been long until he would have had to keep his room. He look well, but his lungs were almost destroyed by gas. Oh! I cannot tell you how I feel, I am so sympathetic I can see how sad you are at these dear losses. You were there, you saw what the war did for our dear boys, and you.
(Pardon me for saying "Bill" but that is his mother's pet name for him) Yes, My dear,- "Bill" receive the poem written by the boy who died in France. How, I wish I had known "Bill" (as every body calls him) for he was a fine gentleman and every one speaks well of him. The children in the schools knew and loved him He was a star athlete and played on one of the best H. S. football teams in the state. How he is missed (For Mother Moore) I am, Miss Martha Mohler. Kindly write again Sincerely Mrs. Moore.
From the service of Eleanor McGee, American Red Cross nurse at Base Hospital # 23 "The Nouvel" located in Vittel, Vosges, France from 1918-1919 (?).
|Date||September 26, 1920|
|Year Range from||1920|
|Year Range to||1920|
World War I