Nov. 6th 1918
Wed. 4:30 p.m.
Dear Friend Gene:
Your letter of Oct. 15th reached me today,
was glad to know you were able to write. I hope your
many other letters have reached you by this
Miss O’Donnell is the only High School
teacher at Union that was there when we gratuated
[sic]. Crozier & Anderson still teach Adeline
Bischof from Neb. City teaches grammar room. A Miss
Whitford from Arlington Neb. Is the Supt. And a Miss
Holgard teaches English course. Bill Banning, Upton
& Mc Carthy are on school board.
Election is over. Think everything went
Rep. This year for a change. Todd was running for float
rep. again & Bill Banning for Lt. Governor. We
haven’t heard for sure they were defeated.
Gene we are all anxious to know how badly
you were hurt, and if you shall be alright soon. No one
around here knows for sure and you are such a brave lad
that you don’t even tell us how you are.
Did you know Vivian Everett was married.
She married Geo. Rhodes from Howe Neb.
Robert Roddy is in France, also Clyde
Lynde. His address is Battery F, 75th
Artillery C.A.C. A.E.F. It might be possible you could
see him by writing.
The Spanish Flu has certainly been
sweeping thro the country. Sherman Austin had it the
worst around here. Schools were closed and Union school
is the only one opened now.
Mama talked to Grace Applegate today.
They were all well. She also had a letter from Clee
this wk. They had escaped the Flu this far.
Luty is still at Washington, D.C. Durwood
is at O.T.S. [Officer Training School] but
probably won’t be there much longer.
The newspapers report wonderful success
in France and I certainly am proud of it. And believe
Germany can’t hold out much longer. We will get thro
husking corn this week if weather & men hold out.
Everyone is getting thro so early this year.
Forest Frans has never been wounded that
I know of. He & Kemp Frans were both real sick
& left in England, but they are well & I think
in France now as that Forest wrote home telling about
seeing Frank Mead, Frank Wolfe & several of the
Union boys. Almand Taylor is in France. Think he drives
Gene if you’ll send us a permit we would
be glad to send you anything you want. You know we get
more sugar now so could make candy. Please don’t
hesitate as we are more than anxious to do what little
we can do.
Conditions here are much better than
about the sugar and flour.
There isn’t anything going on here at all
on acc’t of the Flu. It is real bad at Neb.
Ed Fahrlander was home for a few days
last week, also Emil. He weighs 201 lbs. so is some
fleshy soldier. All of the Swans except Mr. Swan had
Flu. All of Austins except Mary & Mr. A had it. Roy
came home from Calif. Lemuel Barritt went to Omaha to
S.A.T., he just got to drill 2 days & they sent him
home as he registered in June so was too old. John
Pearsley & Ralph Everett are up to Lincoln to
S.A.T.C. John had Flu but guess he is getting along
O.K. Wm Mueller is up there and was awful sick but is
much better now.
Dorothy is staying in Union now so its
pretty lonesome here for me, although Dad has been
keeping me real busy. Have helped herd cattle, make
corn cribs and most anything else that is to be done.
Learned more the last few weeks that I’ll be on farm
than in several years before.
Gene, I would be glad to hear from you
anytime and I trust you are much improved by this time.
Don’t forget to send the permit if you want me to send
Elma M. Hall
Hurrah, I hear you are back in the States
and I’m mighty glad for your sake and your Mother’s. I
hope you have escaped the Flu. Namoui [Naomi]
Mougey came down with it today at Union Schools. She
had a high fever all day yesterday so guess the rest of
the kids are certainly exposed.
Durwood [Lynde, Elma’s
fiancé] was commissioned Wednesday so of
course I feel mighty proud of him. He was
5th in the list of 122 that graduated so
guess he got a good grade.
I have been working at the bank all day
making out receits for the United Work Fund. Will have
to go back tomorrow. Union certainly is a dead place.
No excitement whatsoever. Ellis Larue is about the only
young person I saw. Angie & Fannie McCarroll were
back working in the bank.
I suppose you hear [sic] about
Ross Jay. He died with the Flu and was brot back here
& buried last Wednesday.
We have our sale a week from today. I’ll
sent [sic] you one of the bills. Maybe it would
help pass away a little of the time by reading it. We
expect to move some time after 1st of Dec.
Haven’t just decided yet.
Luty is still at Washington D.C. He is
certainly tired of that hole.
What did you do to help celebrate peace
Monday. Union put on a big parade School children, Red
Cross etc. Mrs. Sim Upton drove old Queen in parade.
Had a sheet over horse with big Red Crosses on it. Then
we all met down in front of Frans store. Had speaking
by Mr. Todd, prayer by Rev. Morrison of ME church, then
Crede Harris, Ward Cheney, Rev. Thorn, gave talks and
Little Helen Graves sang a couple of songs. Also
school. Just as that was over a train load of soldiers
went thru Union so every one went down to train. We
also burned the Kaiser.
At Nehawka they burned the Kaiser, made a
lot of those Pro-Germans dance around the fire so close
that it burned them, and also make speeches. Guess they
celebrated about right.
We are anxious to hear about the battles
you were in and about your illness if you are permitted
to tell us. Have heard so many different things so am
anxious to know.
I have a girl friend that married a
soldier. Al Cox at Hampton Va. I don’t know if that is
very far from you or not. She lived at Lincoln. Think
maybe she knows your mother. She is Winnie McIntyres
Nettie Stanton is still teaching school
this year over here at Sciota. Mary has a position of
some kind in Omaha now.
Edith Frans is working in at Frans Store
this week. She isn’t teaching this year.
We are anxious to hear from Jessie.
Haven’t heard from her since the first of the
What is Paul’s [Applegate, Gene’s
older brother] address. We want to send him a card
for Xmas. I hope you’ll be well soon and can come home.
You surely will get your mail now.
Elma M. Hall
sending you a few old Platts. Papers.