Letter, January 11, 1918
Camp Logan Houston Tex. %Hq co. 129 Inf.
Jan 11 - 1918 -
My dear Cecil
Well I rec. your letter and pictures yesterday and just to
show you how much I appreciate them all - am going to write you
first even if I have 6 letters that came before yours that must be
answered soon. Both pictures surprised me for I am not going to
flatter, but you certainly have made a wonderfull improvement
since I've seen you. But I do like the one of just the head best,
your mother may like the other one best, but I can't say I do. I
am glad I got the other one tho as it shows all of you and I don't
believe either you are nearly so fleshy as when I saw you last. It
makes you look much better I think. But you dont look sick in the
bust picture at all.
Well just to show you how much time I have to write - I
started letter yesterday and before I got this line thru I have
had to leave it.
I never seen any thing like it before. And seems it keeps
getting harder all the time for us. We drill most all day with a
few hours off for our schools and have to study at night to keep
up with our school work.
Today is Sat. and we have had our inspection. Instead of
having gun inspection on Sun. morning. I guess we will have it
this afternoon. You can hardly find time to do anything for our
selves and as for going into Houston of an evening - I haven't
done that for over a month. I go thru Houston on Sun. afternoon on
my way to Alvin to see Uncle, Aunt & cousins. I get to go there
most every Sun. afternoon. Train leaves Houston about 1 o'clock
and gets to Alvin a little after 2. And I come back about 9 in
evening. gives me a very good after noon and evening with them.
Well Cecil - I can't say I do know when I will leave Houston.
I may leave for France awfully soon - yet if I stay with the
orginazation I am now in - I expect never to see France.
If there is a chance to get out of the 33 Division, I sure am
going to do it. At present I will be very lucky if I get to go. Am
really not counting much on it. If I stay here I think I will be
reduced to private and placed into another Dept. It would be the
Inteligence Dept. It is deciphering codes - secret service work.
Map drawing and rec. messages and learning French at present. It
would be a promotion to me even tho I were reduced in rank to get
it. There are some very smart men in the dept. but my map work and
being a good telegraph operator I guess is the cause of the change
- altho at present I am not real sure what will be done.
I know there is no chance for advancement here and in that
dept. one was sent to officers training camp and I suppose if I
could hit the ball hard enough I could get promoted at some time
in the future, no one knows tho how far in the future tho.
I have my big map almost complete. It covers over 12 square
miles - shows all the roads - fences - bridges, streams, main
buildings all of camp Logan - West end of Houston, all the
railroads that come out this way and shows where the telegraph,
telephone and high power cable lines run, street car line, and
which is woods and which is farm lands.
It is this piece of work that will cause my down fall, if it
Well I've been told snow has never been seen here for 23
years now but yesterday morning the ground was covered with snow
and it is still about the same way. The sun shines bright, but has
no warmth. The air has an awfully sting to it. so noticable
because a day or so ago we drilled in shirt sleeves & summer
underwear. It has been pretty near zero - the last two days. I got
a pair of sheepskin pr of shoes with the wool on inside - I slept
in them last night and my feet kept just as warm and nice.
They were one of my Xmas presents from Quincy. I got two red
cross packages - 1 knit sweater & pr of socks. a couple boxes of
candy, stationary, handkerchiefs, 1 big towel and 3 wash clothes
and numerous other little articles that came in red cross
Well are you not glad you are not working at a place like
Proutys? I think you are at one of the nicest places of business
I am glad to hear that Carl W. is doing so well there. And
about Esther Berry, some people don't like her - but I think
Esther is a pretty good kid and she always treated me fine. But I
thot she was married. Just lately. She sure was a jolly girl when
I was with that bunch one spring. Her sister was living then.
How does George & Orphie seem to be getting along together.
I rec. letter from mother and I guess she is not feeling at
all well from what she said and I don't imagine she is feeling the
last bit better than she tells me.
Well we have been thru gas instructions and if you are
interested in it ask mother to see the letter I described it in. I
am sending one little picture, not very good, but will send more
later. I sure am willing to trade pictures with you any time you
want to do it. We are now going to stand gun inspection. Please
write again when you can and I will answer as soon as possible if
I am as ever yours -