Feb. 12, 1918
Fort Flagler, Wash.
I thought I would drop you a few lines to let
[you] know that I am well and hope you are the same.
Well Fred, Emma wrote to me about what you and Pete was going
to do about putting in my crops.
It is no use because I think that I am in the army to stay
till the war is over.
So the best thing for Emma to do is to sell out and stay in the
house if she wants to and get a girl to stay with her.
It is no use of her to bother with the farm, let somebody
else bother with it.
She can rent the ground out, then she wonít have to work herself to
death. She just as well
take it a little easy when she has the sale.
Sell the Ford with it.
I have got my full uniform now.
I got it just a couple of days ago.
I am in the 1st Co. now.
We have got a pretty good place to stay.
We have spring beds to sleep in and we get fed pretty good.
We get butter twice a day.
It is not like home sweet Home.
Emil Wedemeyer is in the 26th that
is just the next building to mine & Schmidt is down in a different
place. He is just about
20 rods from where I am, so you see we are not far from each other.
Well Fred, I think that the war is not over yet
and wonít be for some time.
I went through another Examination this morning.
I donít know wheather [sic] I passed or not.
They donít tell you any thing about it but donít figure on me
coming back in time to farm any this year.
Now Fred, you tell Emma about this but tell her so that it
wonít shock her too much.
I donít know because you canít tell anything about it in the
army. I may get a
notice of discharge any time, but chances are I wonít, anyhow donít
plan on it. Well Fred,
I donít know any more to write as news is scarce on this darned
island, so with best regards to all and may God Bless you for what
you are doing for Emma.
As ever, your
Post Office Box No. 1
Fort Flagler, Wash.
-source: Cheryl Siebrass. Letters from her
Grandmother's sister Emma and Herbert (brother-in-law) while
stationed stationed at Fort Worden, WA.