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  • 1918 June 1 June 1st, 1918  (written on fancy blue paper)Dearest     Tres bon papiers – bought is for Ger Ger yesterday while on a shopping tour with our new mess officer.     We bought dishes, table clothes, napkins, curtains, tools to eat with, & this am we had our first real meal with ham and eggs!! Also some butter that didn’t come from the States in a can. We also had cows cream – but it was dour darn it.     The French for egg is “Oeuf” & it is pronounced somewhere between “Erf” & Uff” – well, we have a Georgia (negro) who makes beds and waits on table & he always calls eggs “them uffs” so we all do also.His name is J.P. “that's all ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2013, 2:36 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 30 - Decoration Day Decoration Day 1918                                           (30 May 1918)Dearest,     For some reason or other we are not supposed to work today - & this being war we have to obey orders. Germany of course doesn’t observe “Decoration Day.”     Paul & I went to town to get some “regular: food this noon – but this was meatless day – so we were stung. The city we visited is quite a place & is famous for something you can always use – but strange to say I cannot buy any here – they are all shipped to the U.S.A. mostly via Paris – where a great many are stamped “Alexandria.”     Paul was to take pictures of my room today – but some inspector came – so nothing doing this time.     You can ...
    Posted May 30, 2018, 8:11 AM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 28 5/28/18Dearest,     There seems to be a dearth of news as well as of letters at this station – some bloomin thing has gone wrong with my mail & since yours of 5/2/18 – nothing has come – perhaps it just seems long because I miss you & baby so much. & I sure do. Have been rearranging our room today. Chris  Huth & I have a small stone floored room on the top floor of the chateau – he is a rotten “fixer” but a dandy chap (am very fond of him) so I sew up all the curtains & arrange everything to suit myself – also order the furniture built – we now have two tables, a wash stand & I have ordered two stools & a ...
    Posted May 28, 2013, 12:08 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 21 & 24                                 Written on two days - Note that Paul & GerGer are Paul Henderson. Mabel was Paul’s wife.His military orders:May 15th he was to report to ToursMay 17th Paul and John to Adv Ord Deport 4 and return 5/22/18Dearest,I am a goof! I walked way up here on this hill and left my pen at the chateau.Many things have happened since last I wrote & best of all, Paul and I are together again. I was ordered away from my other post & after an all night ride saw old GerGer waiting for me at the station. Needless to say I was glad to see him and he me. spent this day seeing sights & I bought ...
    Posted May 23, 2013, 11:01 AM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 13 5/13/1915 - (on YMCA paper)Dearest,Went to a lovely little city not far from hear Sun. am at 5:30 & when I got back to camp in the afternoon found your dandy letter #2 dated April 15th & it made me very happy.While in town yesterday I ran across something that I thought would like so I got it & mailed it to you today - I looked all over town for something for Baby dear. - but being Sunday there were but few shops open & so poor little kiddie will have to wait until I get to a real town.  You can consider the package as a birthday present in case I don't have another opportunity to get one ...
    Posted May 13, 2013, 8:21 AM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 11 5/11/18Dearest,At last a letter!!! The one you wrote Apr. 3rd came today & I will never be able to tell you how happy I am to receive it.  It was marked “I” Pretty slow time – some of the fellows got letters dated Apr. 17th today.  Keep right on sending them c/o Chief Ord. Officer – it will save time.Too bad about Mrs. Corry. Give my best to the girls & express my sympathy.Am awfully sorry to hear that Dad has been sick - what was the matter?  How is he now?  Tell him I often think of him & "Gama" & wish to thunder we were all out riding somewhere (in the USA) I do all my riding on ...
    Posted May 11, 2013, 5:53 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 4 to wife 5/4/18Dearest;Am Officer of the Day, which means that I am on duty all night and as it is now night I am on duty both ways.No mail yet, darn the luck, will it never come? It seems years and ages since last I had word from you and I get pretty worried and lonely without your letters, cause I love you and Baby so much and miss you both frightfully.The weather this week has been marvelous, bright warm, sunny days and cold evenings; They say that one sleeps under blankets all Summer no matter how hot the days are and I have an idea that they will be rather hot.  Tonight there has been ...
    Posted May 5, 2013, 3:55 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 4 to father Continuation of his May 1st letter to his father Sat 5/4/18Had to stop writing and go to work the other night, so will try to finish up this time.  I am Officer of the Day which means that I am on duty all night and dard the luck, I am as sleepy as the duce right now.Don’t remember whether or not I told you about our daily life, but there is little else I can tell you so here goes: At 5:30 the band marches around the camp playing something with lots of Pep in it this sort of half wakes us sometimes, then at 5:45 the bugler gets busy and by the ...
    Posted May 5, 2013, 3:48 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 May 1 5/1/18Dear Daddy, Bill & all,Before I forget it, I just weighed myself, in light clothes - & tipped the beam at 150 ¼ lbs!!! All my uniforms are much too tight - & after a meal it is necessary to go somewhere & loosen up buttons, belts, etc.Have been very busy here attending school – the work is very interesting & sooner or later I hope to graduate. Completed our course last week & commenced another one Mon. last. Bill – you would make a big hit in my present work – it is complicated as the duce to me but you would get it readily – no – it isn’t autos.This is a wonderful place – the scenery has it “on” any I have ever seen. – hills ...
    Posted May 1, 2013, 3:07 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
  • 1918 April 29 April 29, 1918Dearest,Can't understand why I don't get any mail - Some of the fellow go letters today dated April 2nd - mine must be chasing all over France - so I have decided to change my address & have all mail come addressed as above - then not matter where I am - they will always know.Hope you received my cable on Baby's birthday - I had an awful time sending it.  The night of Baby's birthday I didn't want to be alone - so I went to the "Y" - we had a band concert - then McMillan the great violinist played - & after that Ella W (?) Wilcox talked to use - she is an awful looking old girl but very bright ...
    Posted May 1, 2013, 3:08 PM by Jeffrey Bockman
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