Beavment France, January 27, 1919
Dear Father and Mother
I will write you a few lines as I havent heard from you in some time. This leaves me well at present, hope when these few lines reach you will find you the same.
I am having a nice time here now but I sure am proud that the war is over. I sure have smelt powder. It isnt funny to face those big cannon balls and machine gun fire but I have stood up to duty and done my part. I am glad I am from the good old State of Tennessee and an Overton County Boy.
I have thought numbers of times we boys were shot all to pieces when those big five and nine inch cannons were falling around us, although some of us have come here to fight for our country that will never return. I have seen some of my best friends shot down beside me but I was not allowed to touch them, that looks hard but we had it to do.
When we came back from the Hindenburg lines it sure was a gloomy looking time, there wasnt any of the Livingston Boys with me but Pvt. Corbit SMITH, Corp. WRIGHT and two of the KYLE boys but were more than proud when we heard they were just slightly wounded and in a hospital nearby, but we are all back together now except a few and they are back in the States I understand. That is where I am longing to be some time real soon.
As I havent much to write I will hush for this time.
Your Son, Mack COLE
Carl COPELAND has returned from Oklahoma
Miss Allie WHITE, a student in the T.P.I., Cookeville, was home over Sunday
Lieut. MITCHELL, of Cookeville, was here last week visiting friends.
Fonzo QUALLS and sister, Miss Rassie, were here from Crawford to visit relatives
Mack SMITH is here from the Camp Hospital at Atlanta, Ga. on thirty days furlough
Lannie BILBREY, a farmer in Hartsoe Cove, was here on business yesterday.
Ernest ESTES and Bird BOHANNAN have come from the oversea service having received their discharge
Charlie PARRIS and John LACY, of Byrdstown, were here last night on their way to Nashville
Mrs. M.H. HANKINS was here from Happy Hollow Tuesday shopping
Mrs. C.A. ROBERTS has returned from a visit with relatives at New Middleton
Miss Rilda BROOKS is suffering with rheumatism the past few days.
W.H. SPECK and wife were here from Crawford this week to see their son, who is in school. They also took in the meeting.
G.W. and Elbert McCORMACK and W.S. CHATWELL went to Nashville today for medical treatment
For sale: a pair of work mules, Albert BROWN, Hilham, R-1
Esq. G.V. COOPER was up from Rickman yesterday
Mrs. Eva ROBBINS, whose home is in Arkansas, went to Nashville last week and underwent an operation. Her brother in law, Dr. ZACHRY, accompanied her and reports her doing nicely. Mrs. ROBBINS has been in poor health for some time and came here last fall to be under the care of a doctor.
Miss Stella REAGAN of Allons visited here last week
S.A. WINNINGHAM and Herman FLOWERS left for Ohio last Friday
Floyd HOLEMAN has returned from Ohio
Effie, wife of Jim ROAM, died March 12, 1919 and was buried at the old Bethel graveyard
Alford ALLRED and T.H. HOLT are at home on a visit from Cravens
John KENNEDY is on the sick list
P.L. CALOCK was over from Oakley Sunday
John Henry WILSON has bought the Jim ADAMS farm from W.C. CRAWFORD
John Henry WILSON and family visited his father Mr. Overton WILSON of Putnam County last Sunday
Frank SMITH has bought from Dr. BREEDING the six acre plat of land adjoining his home in East Livingston. This gives Mr. SMITH some 20 acres and is an ideal suburban farm
Somewhere in Germany American Ex. Forces
Co. C 4th Ammunition Train January 19, 1919
Dear Bro. Ruben;
Just a few lines this afternoon. How are you all? As for me I am OK. I can imagine how you feel since you got your discharge and at home again. Just wait until I am home with an honorable discharge, you will surely see a glad boy. You ought to have my round old boy. I guess you got disgusted being in Camp Pike under quaranteen.
Those shells had a home sickening whistle to them, believe me, and along with them times we did not have to line up every Saturday for inspection like we did back in the States. But now we are taking it back up again. Believe me we have got to be real soldiers in Germany, and we should be. And we should be proud of ourselves and our great victory.
The stars and stripes are waving in Germany and we are right here with her. And God is with us.
I dont know how long we are going to be in this country. We havent had a very bad winter so far, not half as bad as I expected.
Well Ruben, I am not with any of the home boys at all. We were all busted up at Pontlevoy France. I suppose some of them are at home at this time, are they not? I will be glad when I can return home.
I must hush and go to guard mount, you know what I mean. Ans. soon
I am as ever your brother, John REESER
Miss Alma ZACHRY, a student at the Dormitory has been suffering several weeks with rheumatism. She is reported some better. Her home is at Byrdstown and her sister is here with her
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