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WWI ARTIFACTS

World War I in Carroll County, Iowa was a time of growth and general prosperity on the home front, yet extreme hardship on the battlefields of Europe. For the citizens of Carroll County, this war, "The War to End All Wars," had special meaning.

 

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The following transcription
has been contributed to this site by Joyce Schumacher Heide.

TRANSCRIPTION

This is a letter from Private Fred W. Mohler dated January 11, 1918
Jefferson Barracks, MO.   Postmarked St. Louis, MO Jan 12, 1918 to Mrs. J. B. Mohler


Dear Folks,
Well my pal and I were on shipment yesterday and today and got called off so
will be here for a week more anyway and maybe longer.  The seargent told
three of us he would do his best to get us on the next shipment but that it
will not be called before the middle of next week.  We have sure been having
a blizzard today snow wind and about five below zero.  Four of us are taking
the first shift for tonight it sure gets cold in these shacks.  The shacks
are about one hundred foot long; twenty foot wide and ceiling about ten foot
high and they have three little heating stoves in them.  We each will fire
for two hours.  Well if you want to write any thing to me do it right away
and I may get it before I am called again for shipment.  You will get this
about Monday and if you write then I will get it about Weds or Thursday so I
will look for a letter about then.  Yours as ever, Add. Fred. W. Mohler
Jefferson Barracks 15th Co. Missouri.  P.S.  Telephone a J. Salmen and tell
him to write to that address right away Monday.

His sister Grace wrote a letter to Private Fred W. Mohler, Co. D, 24th
Engineers, Amer. Exp. Force in New York on May 19, 1919

Died of a coronary thrombosis October 6, 1928.  B 2-123 Carroll Court House,
Carroll, IA.   Buried at Carroll Cemetery.
 

 

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