(Grinnell, Iowa) Sept. 18, 1918
HUGH MITCHELL WRITES FROM ITALY.
August 14, 1918
Please pardon the pencil, but I have no other writing materials
and wanted to drop you a line. What is happening around the old
town? I haven't heard from any one in Grinnell for some time. But
then, I have changed my address so probably the mail has not been
I had quite an exciting time up over the lines yesterday. I was
quite a ways over, when my motor went bad and I had to turn
around. I started in on a glide, but by the time I was near the
lines I was down so low I could see the men walking around in the
trenches. They turned a machine gun on us, but, although, they
hit the machine several times, they didn't hit any vital parts.
But we got home all right and I made up my mind some one must be
praying somewhere for me.
It's lots of fun up over the lines dodging shrapnel and we really
enjoy it. Well, dad, give my love to the boys at the store and
say hello to all for me. Will write more next time.
Very sincerely your loving son,
Grinnell Herald, Grinnell, Iowa. September
~Submitted by Marilyn
Holmes Poweshiek Assistant County Coordinator