Dear sister & brother,
Received your most welcome letters including check
also 2 bundles of papers.
A letter from ma and a postal and the News from Tena.
I was over to Flagler yesterday all afternoon and Herbert came
home with me last night.
It rained a little yesterday afternoon and now itís raining good and
hard. Mrs. Christensen & I
were going to walk out to Worden this forenoon to do our shopping but
couldnít on account of the rain so I guess Iíll write you a letter
instead. Iíll have to
write to Sallie next or Iíll get fits.
said he never liked the News while home but it looks pretty good now
because it comes from home.
He said will have to pay Fred for postage for sending us all
those things. He was
crying when he left this morning and said he wished the world would
come to an end today so he would be through with this dogís life.
I am going over again tomorrow as Herbert thinks he wonít get
any pass this week to come over here.
They are keeping them pretty close and they have taken the 63
Battery off of guard duty and that puts more on the companys. [sic]
I heard the 63 Battery F would be gone before the
20th of May, and Herb said when they are taken off of guard
duty once they will soon be gone.
Iíll get to stay over there then but they are going to take 50
out of the first company and transfer them to Worden to form a new
battery and it just keeps a person under fire all the time.
Some one told Herb his name was
not on the list but a person never can believe it untill [sic] one is
sure because there are all kinds of stories going around.
And when they are once assigned to a battery they will be gone
before long. Think Mike F.
is in the 63rd.
Saw him again last Sat. but he doesnít want to speak to me very bad.
Herbert said to tell you he is second class gunner now.
The next step will be first class and the next will be France
but I hope it wonít come to that.
I met two more Ia. girls the other day, one from
Creston and the other from Fontanelle.
The Mrs. Jorgensen & Christensen that live in this house &
myself are just like sisters.
Mrs. Christensen has a brother-in-law living on the old Naylor
place. Their name is
Nicholsen or something like that.
And she (Mrs. Christensen) knows where H. Farrellís school house
is and so it seems like I have known her for years.
I met Mrs. Crahl and baby the other day (from Atlantic).
So Ed & Louise have a new boy.
Well she must of rushed things so Clara wouldnít get to go home
first. Ha ha they beat
you. And what about Jake
Ernst. Haint his
kopf as klug as it has been. [ďkopfĒ
means head and ďklugĒ means wise in German]
Well I knew you folks would not get to see Emil.
We didnít see any more either than just the box.
Mrs. Dick and I went to the hospital the afternoon after he died
and wanted to see him but they wouldnít let us.
Told Mrs. she could see him next morning before he was put in
the casket but she thought perhaps she could not stand it, and would
then probably be sick on the way home.
Guess she could of bought a casket herself with glass top but
she never thought of that and I didnít either, and I guess she isnít
sorry about the money any more now.
She was grumbling all the time at first.
Said she was spending more than they could make this year, and
so on. And it wasnít
costing her anything to sleep as she slept here with me, only when Herb
came over then she had to go to the hotel.
So I donít think she had any reason to grumble, but you know how
she is. Suppose you have
been down there by this time so she perhaps told you more than I could
I will enclose a post card from Flager.
It is only one end of it but the rest is about like it.
I took this one because the First Co. Barracks are on it and I
will mark it so you can tell what they are.
Ma wrote that the German was all stopped there.
Well I guess it is here to [sic].
I washed for a lady here yesterday forenoon.
It helps to pass the days.
I am glad you didnít write the same time Tena &
Julia did or I wouldnít hear for quite a spell.
Am glad you wrote the texts of the funeral.
Geo. & Tena & Julia wrote the no. of the Psalms but the psalms
are not in the testament and I had Herbert bring his hymn book over but
the 68 is not in there either.
Or at least I could not find it.
Your old hens done well.
Wish I could be doing that again.
The war didnít end in April.
I hope pa is getting along alright.
Mabey [sic] if the weather gets warmer it will help him.
I hope so anyway.
Say before I forget I want to tell you about that
Bohning. Donít know how to
spell his name but it [itís] the man they said they left off at
Atlantic when the boys came out here.
The one Roy Lemmon was telling us about.
The baby arrived the night before.
Well he came right straight out here, never got off at all and
is still here. Herbert is
acquainted with him.
Herbert said he was sure a sad man and some of the others told Herb he
looked like he was 45.
Herbert was nearly all in last night.
They took his co. out for a hike yesterday morning.
Went about 7 mi.
They take 140 steps a minute and 30 in. to the step.
Then when they got in from the hike they had infantry drill and
he said that was the hardest forenoon he had since he is here.
They changed their afternoon off from Wed. to Thursday.
Thatís the reason I went yesterday.
Well the sun is trying to shine.
Itís about 12 new time.
Are you saving daylight.
I am. I go to bed
with the chickens and get up when I get ready, but Iíll be glad when I
can get my job as I donít like this sitting around.
This house is a regular soldiers home.
Itís full of soldier women.
I can just see Eleonora chasing around there.
Donít she try to catch the little chickens and squeeze them.
Did Willie Krumm have to go.
Write often and tell me all the news.
Heard the other day they were investigating at Ft.
Worden as they were having so many deaths thought it was neglect by
some one. But thatís as
much as we will ever find out.
And a soldier from Worden told Herbert yesterday on the boat
that he heard they didnít think Emil was very sick, and when they did
get to work it was to [sic] late.
Well I know it was a case of neglect but what can a fellow do.
You simply have to do just as they say and not one thing more or
less. And the more you try
to do the less you get.
They carried one man to the hospital yesterday
while they were drilling.
Herb didnít know what was the matter with him, whether he got a bullet
or what happened.
Well I donít know anything else of importance to
write about so will draw to a close.
Tell ma I got her letter.
I sent them a postal with Juliaís letter and you girls can tell
her what I write as I couldnít say or write much in German.
Guess Iíll go down town and get my check cashed.
Itís 4 weeks today that I got here.
Seems longer than that to me.
Suppose you folks will be planting corn by the time you get this
letter. The neighbors must
of surprized [sic] Fagaís some alright.
Seems thatís the style out there.
Well write soon & often and tell us all the news.
As ever your sister & brother,
Herbert & Emma
-source: Cheryl Siebrass. Letters from her
Grandmother's sister Emma and Herbert (brother-in-law) while
stationed stationed at Fort Worden, WA.