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Name Henschel, James (Ned) Edward

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1996.51.136D - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0004_0001 July 24, 1917 Hon. Leopold H. Henschel, 1214 Grand Avenue Temple, Kansas City, Mo. My dear Sir: I have your communication of July 19th and have read it very carefully. I feel sure that your son acted in the manner he did thru a misinterpretation, or lack of knowledge of military laws and regulations. Of course, he, as a member of the National Guard, under the existing law, is also in the Federal service, and as such could not enlist in any other organization until he was discharged from the National Guard. In place of taking it for granted that the discharge would be given him, he should have waited until it was actually grant

Image of 1996.51.136DA - Letter

1996.51.136DA - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0075_0001 September 2nd, 1918 Mother Mine: Just a short love-note before I go to bed. I've been feeling rather blue all day, and a sure cure for the blues is a letter home, or one from home. I have n't had a letter from home for quite a while - hence this. There is n't much for feeling out of sorts, for the course of events has been remarkably smooth for the past week, considering the substitute "top" the company has had to put up with. The one thing that has kept right up to snuff has been the work; everything else may go wrong, plenty of work always manages to come along. That is, the rest of the company have had all that they could

Image of 1996.51.136DB - Letter

1996.51.136DB - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0076_0001 September 11th, 1918. Mother: There is a bit of the dark brown taste called coffee at the top of this sheet, but conservation of paper is on the list. As it's darker than blue blazes and looks like rain, and the days convoy has not yet returned, I am risking a light, well camouflaged, to answer two letters from home. Absolutely tickled to death; these from you, dated the 4th and 14th of August, are the first bits of home that have come for what seem ages. It's a very pleasant evening. Many thanks for the addresses. I had no intention that you should go to any great lengths trying to find out where friends now pretty well cha

Image of 1996.51.136DC - Letter

1996.51.136DC - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0077_0001 September 20th, 1918. Dear Mother: To finish that of about a week ago. The long convoy has been somewhat extended; a sort of exagerated week-end visit to different parts, still continuing. A dozen "A" company cars were included in the detachment (the thing wound up as a detachment), and as Coburn remained with the others, I acted top again. The job has been quite interesting, for the lieutenant has taken his leave and returned a day or so ago. And my weekly home hence is about a semi-monthly again. We are quartered in a chateau that libels the name (I never heard of a typewrite going on a spree, but look at the line above!)

Image of 1996.51.136DD - Letter

1996.51.136DD - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0078_0001 M.T.C. School No. 1, A.P.O. 772 American E.F. Decize- France- October 2nd 1918 Mother dear- It isn't so worse. The school is located in a very interesting town and our work is not at all hard, although the hours are pretty long. As an "instructor in convoy" - well - it's not particularly interesting, but I guess I know that end better than the other work. If it's a life time job (as it seems to be) I'm apt to become discontented - something unusual! You have probably remarked in last weeks' that the idea did not appeal to me particularly; the situation has not changed at all - but I'm growing used to be- jhenschel_0078_0002

Image of 1996.51.136DE - Letter

1996.51.136DE - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0079_0001 Private J.E. Henschel. Motor Transport Corps School #1. APO 772 Am. Ex. Forces. Decize- France- October 6th/1918- Dear Family- Another Sunday - ten days here. Hence this apology for an interesting letter. The nine o'clock inspection took place - the colonel neglecting to recognize me as an old offender (to my intense delight) - church. An excellent dinner all of it promises a delightful day. Yet I don't feel particularly cheerful, and as there is no such a thing as news any more - I fear that Mother's order for "interesting letters" must go unfilled. There's another order not obeyed. The photographs requested will be taken an

Image of 1996.51.136DF - Letter

1996.51.136DF - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0080_0001 Private J.E. Henschel. Motor Transport Corps- School #1 (APO 772) Am. Ex. Forces. Decize France- October 8th 1918. Dear Elizabeth- Don't you think I would make a fine school teacher? That's just what I am now. Teaching officers a lot about convoys that they don't want to know, and soldiers a lot they do, is my job now for the rest of the war. There is one thing nice though, perhaps sometime I may be sent back to the States to teach there. That would be fine - wouldn't it? (You see - I am such a wise fellow, and know so much - that they figure I am a lot more use back here than taking part in the war as a soldier. Perhaps they

Image of 1996.51.136DG - Letter

1996.51.136DG - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0081_0001 Decize (Nievre) le 13th of October 1918- Dear Dad- It's been quite a while since I headed a letter like that - hasn't it? - but of course you all know that no matter to whom they are addressed - all that I send home are intended for the entire family. I am thinking of all of you when I write - so really it doesn't make a lot of difference whether I put down you or mother at the start. You will appreciate that there is little news to give you when I fill a third of a page with that sort of stuff. Oh my yes - I nearly neglected only bit of importance at all. This morning one J.E. Henschel, late of American fighting forces, was me

Image of 1996.51.136DH - Letter

1996.51.136DH - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0082_0001 J.E. Henschel M.T.C. School #1- APO 772- Am. Ex. Forces Decize- France- 10/22/18 Mother dear- There are two kiddies who are interfering immensely with the weekly home. You see - I have found a home. To be sure - it is a cafe with a rapidly increasing American patronage, but that makes no difference, for I claim the corner by the kitchen stove as my own. Also I have advanced through the various stages of friendship, until now I am permitted to assist in peeling the good [ms illegible: 1 wd] de terne and sad-storing the steel knife that goes with jhenschel_0082_0002 beef steak. I have even picked out the pattern from embroi

Image of 1996.51.136DI - Letter

1996.51.136DI - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0083_0001 SAINT-AMAND, LE 24th of October 1918 Ma cherie- This is too good to hold over - so I am spending some most valuable moments sending it home. I'm preparing with great glee to spend the night on a bar room floor! Not in the proverbial stupor - however. It was only after a lot of persuading that the Madame could be inclined to permit me to unroll my blankets and claim a corner of her second-rate buffet. She only relented when I patted her cheek and told how wonderful and "gentile" she was. (she seems to be about fifty and decidedly the worse for wear - but quite delightful - like Dynamite). Such a lot of mail! Letters and pict

Image of 1996.51.136DJ - Letter

1996.51.136DJ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0084_0001 J.E. Henschel- M.T.C. School #1- A.P.O. 772- Decize- Nievre- France- October 30th/1918- Dear Mother- To finish the letter Madame so rudely interrupted the other night - We came back from convoy and to my great embarassment ever since found that company "C" had been transferred to company "E" entire - except myself. It took me the best part of a couple of days to find what had become of them - my thirteen cherished hommes. Now that is all straightened out and I am the first mate of a crew of eighty odd - all learning jhenschel_0084_0002 how to be non-coms. To be sure - most of them are sergeants already in all the strange r

Image of 1996.51.136DT - Letter

1996.51.136DT - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0094_0001 Verdun- December 8th/1918- Mother Dear- This trip may turn out to be longer than we expected. After being with this outfit for a week - there is a chance - a possibility - that we start in doing what we came to do. Since Thanksgiving day, my time has been taken up with little save eating and sleeping. Of course - that's one way to grow fat, but this business of doing nothing at all is hard on the nerves, to say the least. In the meantime, as I say, I am becoming fatter and lazier every day. There is absolutely nothing to do. We have one copy of Munsey's a year ancient - and I believe that I could recite the copy in it. Somet

Image of 1996.51.136DU - Letter

1996.51.136DU - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0095_0001 (That's my address. Some long - eh?) Lt. J.E. Henschel M.T.C. School #1- A.P.O. 722-A Am. Ex. F- Decize (Nievre) France- December 13th/1918- Howdy Butch (Berthold A. Henschel)- Let's see, it's been quite a while since I've written to you, hasn't it. But then, "ladies first". That's why most of the news - if there is any - is in the letter to the sisters - but you can just bet there's a whole lot of Christmas going straight to one B.A.H. in this. Speaking of Christmas - you have a present coming, though it may not arrive until your jhenschel_0095_0002 [Page 2] next birthday. Saw it in Paris when I went through on my way t

Image of 1996.51.136DV - Letter

1996.51.136DV - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0096_0001 Lt. J.E. Henschel- M.T.C. School #1- A.P.O. 722 - A- Am. Ex. Forces- Decize (Nievre) France- December 13th/1918- Two very dear Sisters (Elizabeth and Mary) There isn't the least chance in the world that this may arrive in season - yet it simply has to say "Good-morning" to the both of you on Christmas day. Also - (which makes it a very valuable thing indeed!) it's taking home all sorts of our very nicest birthday kisses. You see - being way out here - there isn't a single nice thing to send home, ex- jhenschel_0096_0002 [Page 2] thoughts and good wishes. Even had to steal this paper (hold it up to the light and you can see

Image of 1996.51.136DW - Letter

1996.51.136DW - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0097_0001 Lt. J.E. Henschel M.T.C. School No. 1, A.P.O. 772-A, Am. Ex. Forces, France. December 18th, 1918. Mother dear: Just a little birthday note before starting the day. May it be a very happy day indeed for you. I have moved again, for a short time. The famous tour will be over soon, in about a week. We are hoping a planning by some chance or other to get started back so that we can spend Christmas day in Paris. I think that it may be managed, but of course one never can tell. Our new orders tell us to leave here on the return trip to Decize the twenty-third, I believe, yet we may be able to arrange things so that we start the

Image of 1996.51.136DX - Letter

1996.51.136DX - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0098_0001 Lt. J.E. Henschel MTC School #1 A.P.O. 772-A December 28th-1918- Dear Dad- Just a line between trains. I returned to Decize long enough to look at my mail, there were tons of it. All of November and most of October stuff that had been chasing me around for months. My gratitude for the pin. Tell the folks my Christmas box was absolutely the finest "9x3x3" in France. There is not time to say more than just "thanks". You see - by dint of two hours' persuading - I received three days leave to see Harvey. It takes a say to come back and another to go - but that leave us a whole day - which is better jhenschel_0098_0002 than

Image of 1996.51.136DY - Letter

1996.51.136DY - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0099_0001 Lt. J.E. Henschel M.T.C. School #1 A.P.O. 772-A A.E.F. January 1st/[1919]- Dear Folks- There are just about one million letters to be answered. While I was away - Santa Claus must have come around - for all of the mail that has been chasing me at last caught up. There was also my Christmas box (I am using the pen now) and the letter from Dad, with the handkerchief, ear-keep-warms and Ivanhoe pin. Everything was jhenschel_0099_0002 fine - couldn't have been better. I can't thank you all enough, nor let you know how much I will appreciate the things this winter. Christmas Eve and Christmas day I was in Paris; certainly had

Image of 1996.51.136DZ - Letter

1996.51.136DZ - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0100_0001 January 4th/1919- Dearest Mother- Acknowledging many favours from many people. First - enough letters to keep me supplied with choice reading matter for weeks - a card from Mrs. Warner, the "9x3x3" - the cakes from Mr. B- (I knew who sent them before I saw the card or your letter) - two $5.00 money orders - and dozens of papers and magazines and clippings. For all of which I am most exceedingly grateful. Likewise - as I have mentioned jhenschel_0100_0002 before Dad's letter enclosing a splendid handkerchief - an Ivanhoe button and something very useful for which I know no name. Since coming back to Decize, there has been

Image of 1996.51.136E - Letter

1996.51.136E - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0005_0001 July 25, 1917 Captain E.E. Major Columbia, Mo. Dear Captain:- On receipt of yours of the 16th returning to me the application of my son James Edward Henschel for an honorable discharge from the State militia, the same at that time having been refused, I took this matter up direct with J. H. McCord, the Adjutant General, and am pleased to be able to advise you that I am today in receipt of a letter from the Adjutant General stating that an honorable discharge will be granted. You will doubtless receive this information through the regular channels and I would appreciate it greatly if you will forward the discharge to me here. Assu

Image of 1996.51.136EA - Letter

1996.51.136EA - Letter

Full transcription of text follows: jhenschel_0101_0001 Lt. J.E.Henschel, M.T.C. School No. 1, A.P.O. 772A Am. E. F., France. January 14th, 1919. Dearest of Mothers: Your letter of the 17th of December came this evening, and I am hastening to answer it before the office closed for the night and my access to a writing machine is ended. Your letter made me feel rather ashamed of myself, for I know that I must have been complaining about something or other in some of my other letters, when as a matter of fact, quite to the contrary, for I suppose that if anything, I have certainly been a lot luckier in all respects than the vast majority of the fellows over here. It has never been my