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WAR DEPARTMENT PENALTY FOR PRIVATE USE. $300

OFFICIAL BUSINESS

LOCAL BOARD FOR

DELAWARE COUNTY

Charles C. Bricker

Galena

O.
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Local Board for the County of Delaware, State of Ohio

Delaware, O,.......6 11 '18, 191...

You are hereby notified that you have been selected for military ser-

vice as part of the quota from Local Board for DELAWARE COUNTY, O.

You will therefore hold yourself in readiness to report for military duty

at the office of this Local Board at a time to be specified by notice to be

mailed you in the near future. FROM THE DATE SO SPECIFIED FOR

YOU TO REPORT YOU WILL BE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE

UNITED STATES AND SUBJECT TO MILITARY LAW.

While as much time as possible will be allowed you, you are hereby

cautioned that the necessities of the service may require you to be called

on very short notice. You should therefore put your affairs in order to

report upon 24 hours' notice.

..................................

(Member of the Board)
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C.C. Bricker

9 Co 3d Tr B1-

159 Depot Brig

Camp Sherman

Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Del Co Ohio
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Camp Sherman 6/25 '18

Dear Mother -

I am just

in from my first inoculation

3 P.M. it has rained here

all day & we were sure

wet but feeling fine now,

our arms are a little sore

but not bad, we took out

our insurence and made our

prefference as to our qualifacation

for service. I hope it has

rained in Del Co as it has

here, it sure will make things

grow. I am in with

Copeland and he sure is

a good buddy as he is not
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so green as some of the

other fellows, our bunks

are side by side.

It was a little late

when we got away from

Del last night and made

it late getting here about

6-30 got supper our

blankets and got to bed

for this dont mean 7 or 8

oclock in the morning it

means 5 - 30. we also had

physical Ex I went through

OK Let me hear from

you

Charlie

9 Co 3d Tr B1-

159 Depot Brig Camp Sherman
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You will have to read by

the figures at the top [written upside down]


July 4th 1918

My Dear Friends. We

have thought of you both

So much in the last two

Weeks. And I am alone

this afternoon So I thought

I would talk to you this

Silent way. Well Mute came

home with us the day

Charley left and you would

just Laugh to see him work

and drink watter. and

tomorrow finishes up the hearvest

here and at Harries. he helped

Harry Leonard when we did

not have work
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and it did me good to cook

for him he ate so hearty. I

Looked at him so many times

and felt so sorry for him

I no he would have ben good

to Ida if She was half human

he says they will be annoth

Little Leonard at Homers next

month we dident never think

of such a thing. I said now

they better stop but he said

no I believe in big families

so if they are in for it all

right with me. Mabe one

would not miss one as much

whair there are half dozen

or more. Mrs Smith Clark

Just called up and we had

a good little visit. I do wish

we could call you or you

us
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I think of so many things

I want to say to you now

the Paper says Willson is

going to take over the telephone

and if he gets at them I supos

we will have to pay so much

that we cant have one. I do

wish in my sole he would

tend to Prohibition and some

other things that he had better

look after and let some

things alone and not wair

white pants, he makes me

tiered! My goodness isent

it hot. I did not get my

Ironing did last week. I

Just couldent and cook

and Monday I washed

again and yesterday I
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began at seven oclock

and never got thru till after

two oclock and I was so

tired and my hand ached

so bad. John is over at

Harries Since dinner working

shocking up hay. thiss is

the first year since John

lost his arm that I did not

do the raking and drive

the horse to the fork Ruth

took my place and we payd

her. I will never do it agan

my chicken and turkey

are doing fine and the

hens keep the table and ther

some change Mrs C - payed

34¢ yesterday I got two galon

of coleoil and forgot to pay

him for it I supos he thot I

was a good one [these words written up along right margin]
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Ruth had a card yesterday

from Charley and one from

Corp: Earnest Copland &

she was so pleased. we

have not heard from Charley

yet but we are looking to

hear when he gets time I

did not say good by I could

not without blubering he

was saying good by to an

old Lady on one of the

truck routs and she was

crying so but he was

Laughing I Just looked on

Nost Longwell wanted to

tell him abou keeping a

Diary Nost told him if

I had kept one It would

worth a fortune to me now
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he told him wright evry

day and if you only

wash your feet keep a

record of it. Charley told

him he was prepaired for

that and then he told him

to send it home evry once

in a while so it would be

saved sure. We are coming

down soon as we can when

it Rains so the stock can

get watter. but dont wait

call Daisy and have her

bring you and Dave up

pleas dont stay at home

and worry but do come

you no how glad we

will be to see you and

visit with you both
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we have about 4 achers

of Oats to cut when ripe

if Daisy was here she

would say now ma

wright a Book. mabe you

cant read thiss if you

cant bring it up and I

will if I can.

had a card from Allie B

Said Hettie was verry sick

had Dropsy and Something

else but we could not make

out what the Ds said it was

verry doubtful if she got

well again & now I am

looking for you evry day

and dont want to be disaponted

from John & Sal - good bye
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YMCA

WITH THE COLORS

C.C. Bricker

Co. A 336 Inf

Camp Sherman

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Sunday - 12 -

Camp Sherman . O ,

Dear Father & Mother -

Well we

are still on deck. I rather

looked for you today untill

I got your letters I got both

them A.M. about 10 oclock and,

also one from Daisy & Jop.

I could of come home to-

day but thought there were

so many comming I would

put it off untill next Sunday

and last night about 4-30

I got my orders to go to the

artillery range with the intele-

gence branch I think there are

eight from A Co to go. we

leave at 6-20 Monday morning

and we have to hike it

about 14 miles, we only carry

a light pack, will be gone

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

ten days, so it is all off

for comming home next Sun

Call Daisy and tell her

she can't find me here this

week, she said in her letter

they would be her Friday or

Saturday of this week. Don't

send me any more things to

pack around. I don't need

any ties or brush now, keep

them I don't know where to

put them, a fellow wants to

be as poore as a church rat

in the army. I thought that

broom bill was paid and I

belive it is, it was something

like $69.00 as I remember it

Any of those that dont pay

soon, for I presume they are

threshing I would just get

right after, with fixed bayonet

and make them come across

or know reason why

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Well this 4-25 I stoped to go

to mess and just got back to

my bunk when here comes

Copeland & Wiseman we went

up to the Community House and

saw Williamsons, Ralph Hogans

Mitch Girbert, Ed Dawler's brother

Ray Van Sickle, and that fellow

that runs the Olive Green store I

forgot his name. I think

I may get home two weeks

from today, don't know what

will take place also dont

know about mail for next 10

days but if it is not brought

to the range, it will be here

when I get back but think it

will be brought out to us

It is a circus here now the

remainder of the Co got there

guns today and they are

drilling up and down the

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

barracks practicing, they will

get all of that they want

tomorrow and I will get all

the marching I want.

You had better send Mrs Hyde

some money so she can come

home, she must have gone

broke. I don't know of

anything more at present

Will possibly think of something

later, Say, seems to me father

is getting sportter wearing a

pair of 9.00 shoes

Don't forget to tell me all

that is going on, as often as

you can

Your son -

Charlie

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C.C. Bricker

Co A. 336 Inf

Camp Sherman

Co I 153th Reg

Camp Beauregard

La

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Artillery Range - July 23 '18

Hello Mother -

I am out at the

range 16 1/2 miles from Camp Sherman

hiked it Monday carring light pack

ammunition belts, side arms and gun

and it was hot, believe me it made

us sweat - but I made it all OK.

and am feeling fine, we are quartered

in pup tents [image pup tent] and it sure did

rain last night but I kept dry and

slept good, the eats are not so good

out here but they are fair, they sure

do work us, we dont have a minute

not even to write a letter; I am out

with 17 other men digging a snippers

post they give us close orders drill in

the A.M. and we work on these posts in

the P.M. and have observation work in

the evening, last night we had a lecture

by a French 1st Lt - who spent 4 years at

the front.

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We go on the range tomorrow, there is

men here from 333d 334th 335th & 336th

7 men and a sargent from each Co,

in the four reg, we are qualifieng for

snippers & observers, this is the intelegence

branch. Say this is a wild place down

here, rough and poor and can be

no houses within 2 or 3 miles of where

we are, there is a continuel rattle of

machine guns and inf. fire. I believe

I can come home week from Sunday

you will have to send the machine to

Westerville to meet me I can't leave untill

about 5 P.M. so it will be 9-30 before

I can get to Westerville, I will call

you from Cols. and you will have

time to get there by time car does.

Paper is scarce out here today we

will have plenty tomorrow, but don't

have time to use it, havent got

any mail since we have been here

but think we will get some tomorrow

Tell me what you are doing

how is father feeling?

Charlie

Co A 336 Reg Camp Sherman O
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Thurs PM 8-15

Artilery Range 7/25 "18

Dear Mother -

We are still ^at range

had an aufle rain today everything

was water, we are camped in a

valley, nearly all the tents was filled

we had to move ours, but none of our

equipment got wet, we have a dry place

to sleep tonight. Got news tonight from

commander of the camp, that we would

go across soon, he said they were exam-

-ining the boys now in the camp and that

this would probably be our last training

before going abroad. Got your letter of Sun

tonight - it take a letter longer to get mail

here than at camp. Will try and get

you my picture in uniform before

leaving. Think you will find that broom

bill paid as per the clk stub you find it

was the only Bill. Had our first

shooting this A.M. only ram rods, and

made 20 out of a possible 25 better

than an average. would have gone

to range this P.M. had it not been

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for the rain at about 1 P.M.

Will go in morning, this time it

will be real bullets. Got a mighty

fine letter from Mae McMahon

tonight. It is nearly dark and

am writing on butt of my gun

so may be you can't read it

forgot to get any stationery of

YMCA man today to night

excitement over rain, Wont be

back to camp untill next Wed

or Thurs night - Account of

this move don't know as I can

come home before leaving, we

have a fine Captain an may

be he will allow me to come

Will have to quit both

feet are asleep and it is

so dark I can hardly see

the paper, dont know as

there is any lines on it

So Good bye Husters

Charlie
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YMCA

C C Bricker

Co A 336 Inf

Camp Sherman

"WITH THE COLORS"

Mrs. D. E. Bricker

Galena

O
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Sunday Morning July 28 '18

Hello Mother-

Well Mother this is

beginning of another week, and still

at the range, I understand we get

another week extra of duty here, that

will bring us back to camp one

week from next Wed. We are having

inspection this morning, just waiting

now for officer to come; have been

on the range, that is rifle range our

guns reach three miles, so you

know there is something doing; this

is a h--l of a place, but am

feeling fine, never better, we get

out at 5-30 a.m. get in at 11-30

out again at 1 PM in at 5-30 out

at 7 for lecture untill 9 or 9-30 so

you see our time is well occupied

we sure will be good men they

are sweating every thing else out

it is aufly hot -

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ARMY AND NAVY

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We were drowned out last Wed

afternoon had to move our tents

I wrote you Thurs morning but

havent got a chance to mail it

so will tare it up. Yesterday we

witnessed an attack of the enemy

trenches and took notes, occupying an

observation post, that is what they

are trying to trane us for observers and

snipers, they call it the intelligence

camp school; am going to try and go

to camp Sherman today to get a few

things I want, such as soap etc.

How is father feeling? has it

rained any yet?. Well I am at

camp, got a pass came in

at noon today, ate supper with

Frank Cornell. Mr & Mrs Harroun

and what used to be Daisy Delbilt

later saw Dowler's, say it seems

like home to get back to the

barracks

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

I just got the paper this evening

there seems to be more news in it

than usual. We dont even get

a paper out where we are, havent

seen one since last Sunday.

Well out goes the lights

so Good bye

Charlie

Co A 336 Inf

Artillery Range

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C.C. Bricker

Co A 336 Inf

Camp Sherman, O

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Del Co O
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Camp Sherman Aug 1 '18

Dear Mother

I am still at

Artillery range just in from an

observation tour of about four miles taking

notes of any points of interest such as

streams, fences directions in degrees taken

by compass reading, different degrees

from one point to another, it is rather

interesting, Got your letter today

what was wrong with Slack, that he

did not get that note in sooner, you

know I gave him the note before I left

are any of the others paying up?

How are the beans coming along?

You need not send the stogies as I have

nearly all of the others, they are up at

Camp no place for them down here and

didint want to carry any more than

I had to - Sorry to here Mr Mulzer is no

better, if you see him remember me to him.

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

It is quite cool here mornings and

also at night, would like to have my

sweater, it is up at camp, likewise

didint want to carry it, it gets warm

during day, but sweater would feel

good mornings, if I go in Sunday I

Shall bring in back with me.

Am going to try and go in to camp Sun

again as I see some one from near

home nearly every Sunday, didint see

Critzer Sun, and learned Copeland

was home on a pass, was disappointed

in not seeing them, think we will all

go in about next Wed, back to our

old Co. but will still belong to the

inteligence branch, we are still getting

a little close order drill, yesterday

we had bayonet drill by an Eng officer

he had two years in the front line

trenches, has lost three brothers in the

service and said he was sure there

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were two huns that ^he was sure now resided with

the Devil, got them both on his bayonet

he sure was a bird.

Maj Gen Hale is here this afternoon

and will have to stop, as we will have

extra maneuvers at retreat this evening

every thing they can put on, all the

officers are scared to death when the

boss comes around, we sure will

have to look as near like soldiers as

possible and if a swarm of bees

light on your face you must

not blink an eye, now aint that

h--l Ha! it is not near so bad

as it seems, the first three weeks

are the worst of army life, that

seems to be every fellows experience

Tell father to behave himself and

stay in out of the hot sun, will try

and get home week from Sunday

Charlie

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Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena, O.

Mr Charlie C. Bricker,

Co. A. 336 Inf.,

Camp Sherman,

Ohio.
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Galena, O Aug. 13 1918

Dear Charlie

Well we had a nice rain yesterday

but no storm Helen was just here

and they were in Columbus and the

storm was fierce there. Gus Zimmer

was also here this morning he was

sorry he didn't get to see you. Daisy

& Jop stopped when they came back

and stayed quite a while Mr. & Mrs

Fuller had just gone away when

they came. Johnie has just gone

he came home for his supper

last night I shouldn't wonder

he will for all his meals he isnt

stuck on his job he didnt leave

here until 7 yesterday and waited
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& waited and Ike didn't come he had

too or did go out there and he was just

eating his breakfast.

Well do you know any more about what

you are going to do or when you will

half to leave if you stay over Sunday

Johnie said we could go and see you.

Dr. Gorsuch has just gone by hitting only

high places I don't know where he is

going. Mr. Mulzer is not so well he had

to keep cold clothes on his head Sunday

afternoon and had to help in the house

John Campbell is not so well I am going

to have Will take your watch and

have it fixed and may be you can take

it. they gave Captain Sampson on as

a present if he can carry on I dont see

why you couldn't.

You did some good a going to see Eunice

she was out on the porch twice Sunday

That Mrs. W. H. Russell at Fulton said

she hadn't sold any of the Inajiffi

tablet we could have them by calling

for them got the letter yesterday.

Thurman Gorsuch has sold his farm to

some eastern man he dont know what

he will do or where he will go for sure they

want him to come to Centerburg and go

in the mill Mrs. Brown dont like at

all but Callie wanted to get to town

I imagine to much work on a farm

for her they had such a nice home
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Papa has gone to the primary he

was afraid he would miss it

guess he wanted to go before

breakfast I will just have to

stop for I only get to write

a line or two and some one

comes or the telephone rings

just had on from Farrah M.

he wanted your address said

may be he would stop and see

you I see a Navy boy go along that

had come on the train he was

all dressed in white I couldnt tell

who he was with I couldn't see both

at once, Now Charlie you try and keep

us posted on your movements so we

will know when you are going or

gone I hope you will never have

to go they claim they took 36000

prisoners Sunday at that rate I think

they will soon "play out" Marea said her

father isint very good this morning

will write again tomorrow. Mother
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Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena, O.

Del Co.
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

12-30 P.M.

Parkersburg W.Va 8/23 '18

Dear Mother -

We are about

30 minutes out of Parkersburg W Va

Got out at 4 oclock this morning

left camp 6-30. Our train

a double header only has 15

coaches, we are bound for

New York will get there Sat.

night 36 hrs on road.

I could not send my

shaving tools home, as I have not

been issued a razer as yet

so will send all from New York

or else take it with me.

We are running along what

they say is the Alleganiny river

I dont know, it is a rough

country I know that looks about

like your beans, they wont sprout

here on these hills. it is just

one tunnell after another

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There was a crowd at Athens

when we got there, waiting at the

depot, at Parkersburg the Red Cross

served drinks, and we kept fellows

busy getting pies for we could not

get off the train, it stoped in

the heart of town first time I

ever saw Ohio river, first time

for lots of things. Tell father to

grind up his corn cutter. saw a

lot of corn cut, just before noon

it was not very tall a good deal

like yours. I can't hardly

write so you can read it, on

train, will write you again

tomorrow my address is

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker

84 Division

336 Inf Reg.

Co A

New York N.Y.
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C.C. Bricker

Co. A. 336 Reg

Camp Mills

New York N.Y.

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

Del. Co.
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Camp Mills 8/25 '18

Dear Father & Mother -

Am at

Camp Mills, Long Island N.Y.

have saw some sights since

Friday morning, got into Jearsey

City about 3 P.M. yesterday, came

across in a boat to L. Island

then on a train of 15 cars.

Under Brooklyn bridge also 2

others forgot names, one they

say is largest in the world

The Singer building and Metropolitan

life insurance building is some

buildings. They loome up from

the river like mountains. was

only in Washington long enough

to get off and wash, stoped about

30 min in Philadelphia, the Red

Cross were down at the train

with peaches, cigaretts and fresh

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

ice water for us, they gave us

a royal reception all along the

way, they were out at nearly

every house and factory, waving

handkerchefs and flags both in

the country & city. Camp Mills

is not Sherman by any means.

we are quartered in tents eight men

or one squad in each tent

I presume we wont be here

very long, they are bringing men

in here fast soon as all of the

Lincoln Div. is here away we

go across, suppose Elby is on

the Atlantic today, there were

4 trains just ahead of us about

12 hrs from Calif. Think of the

tiresome ride they had. Last

Sunday at this time 4 P.M. we

were having a nice visit, but

today a lot of R. ties divide us.

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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Am feeling fine, and sure

did enjoy our trip this far.

hope to get one day off while

here to see New York City, hoped

they would take us for a little

hike for exercise in Washington

but no good fortune like that.

There sure is some beautiful

places on L.I. it is large, much

larger than I supposed, we are 20

miles from N.Y. and dont know

how far it is to the point from

here. came past farms and

little villages. I supposed it

was all town, but not so, have

learned several things you see,

and expect to learn more.

How is every little thing at

home? Did you ever write Tom

Price in regards to John's bill forgot

to ask you, you know his address

is Peeples, Athens Co. O.

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Am going to drop Addie

Cook a card from here, may

be she will come out to

camp before we get away.

Tell John they allow flivvers

here, but nothing but sedans

would just be a nice drive

across country, havent seen

a civillian today, dont know

wheather they allow them in

camp or not, have they heard

any more from that Sheets

boy? Well it is about time

for retreat 4-30 here but only

3-30 in Galena, had to set

my watch ahead 1 hr. will

write you again tomorow

if have time, dont know what

we will have to do in way of

work here.

Your son

Charlie

P.S.

address mail to New York

84 Div. 336 Reg. Co A
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Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Delaware Co Ohio
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Wed Morning Camp Mills 8/28 '18

Send me sweater as soon as you

can, before we get away from here

Sent my other one over in Co box

and it is chilly here mornings

and will be more so on board ship.

Am feeling fine, and getting along

nicely, got the paper last night

I see Charley & Ollie Looker both are

going, where do his boys go? Sorry

to here Mulzer is gone am glad I went

to see him

Your Son Charlie
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Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Del Co O
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THE SHIP ON WHICH I SAILED HAS ARRIVED

SAFELY OVERSEAS.

Name Charlie C. Bricker

Organization Co A 336 Reg

American Expeditionary Forces.
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84 Div

Co A 336 Reg

A.E.F.

Sept 1918

Dear Mother -

This is

Monday afternoon, and a

fine day, the sea is

smooth and we are

steaming right along.

The Yoman said we

were between "over here" and

"over there". I hadent

hoped to get this far from

home but am getting further

every hour. Have felt fine

all the time, that is, have

not fed the fish. the

first three days I have felt

better in my life, but since

then all has been well

The sea was a little rough

for two or three days and

naturally you would ^not feel so

good
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I failed to see Addie Cooke

while at Camp Mills.

I saw Copeland twice at

Mills, was down several times

but never could find him

Doris said Lester Shaw was

there also, but I failed to find

him, he might have been out

on pass. Critzer failed to

get in, and so we left him

at Camp Sherman, he wanted

go along. Our old friend

Wheeler is along in same boat

I am. Had a letter from Daisy

is there any chance of Jasper

being drafted?

Has Platt did any thing for

his bill? Go moderate with him

and you will get it, it will

do no good push him, as you

can't get any thing off him, it

is simply up to his honor.

It seems to me everyone is

going to die. I see Hill at

Harlem is dead. What is

Mulzers going to do with the

mill? supposed Walter
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I wrote to Harry VanKirk

today. Have they heard any

thing more from the Sheets

boy or Wesley Bennett?

Did you get the pictures

I sent you? they were darbs

but that was all they had

to work on. also did you

get the package?

Tuesday A.M. - It is raining

this morning the sea is not

very rough, it makes it bad for

we have have to stay below or

get wet. How is Coons making

it by this time? Tell Skinner

I am taking that pipe right

over to France with me and if

I don't miss lay it will bring it

back to Ohio again, would sure

like to wrestle with him this

morning. I am going to send

Mrs. Stanley one of those pictures

Have you heard from Price

yet? try and get him if you

can. that ball of Butler Bros

John perhaps can tell you all

about it, I have forgotten it

at this time.
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would still run it

Tell Mae Mc I am looking

for a letter from her and the

Irishman again.

Wish I had some Tsb. Star

this morning, I was out of luck

when we left and dident

have a supply all I have is

smoking and am lucky to

have that, but that beats none

suppose we can get some

when we land. It has been

so long since I commeced

this letter I have forgot what

was in the first, there is

not much in all of it

Write and keep me posted

on how you and father is

making it, and also how

Willis & Cox are progressing

Tell Frank B I am to far

away this time to vote, but

still am interested in the

returns Your Son Charlie
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C.C. Bricker

Camp Mills N.Y.

Co A

336 Reg

Due 1¢

Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Delaware Co Ohio
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Camp Mills N.Y. 8/30'18

Dear Father & Mother

Just in from New York

had a fine trip, left 12

oclock yeastrday, and had

pass untill noon today

Was up in the 45 story

of the Singer building this

morning, also saw the

German vessel Vaterland

and several transports

only one battleship was

in harbor, saw it.

The flat iron bldg is a

monster but looks like

a mole hill beside the

Singer. New York is some

town but it is as easy

to get around in as Galena

so far as I went, to be

sure. I didnt see it all

had a hard rain here so

hampered us some last night
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on pass to city, that is for

fear they will get sailing

orders, and their men will

not be here. I have more

work than I know what to

do with, have some washing

to do, and have been putting

it off, for want of time &

water. ocean all around

and short of water, what

do you think of that.

I sure had eats in N.Y.

just eat two complete suppers

lat night one after another

never got up, and they were

from A to Z all the trimmings

This is about the only

way they take care of a soldier

is to give you good eats at

a price you can afford to

pay. that is at a Red Cross

otherwise you get stung, for

they never expect to see you

again, and suppose they

wont see me again soon

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Am enclosing the pictures they

are not very good, but did

not have much time to get

them, we have our entire

outfit I guess, that cap is what

we wear over our helmet

goes over it, they look like

the devil but are comphortable.

Just got a letter from Daisy

am beginning to look for

that sweater, it is warm in

the day time but cool in the

mornings so thought a

sweater would feel good

Am feeling fine, as is

every one else, very little

sickness here, every one is

getting crazy to go across

they told me this morning in

N.Y. there was a boat left

every 6 min of the 24 hrs loaded

either with men or provisions

suppose we will leave next

week, as we have to report by

telephone at 8 & 12 P.M. where
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I marked part of the

picture you can do as you

like with the remainder

will send you a picture

of the fellow that went

with me later, the darn

air planes make so much

noise you can't think. the

air is full most of the

time. They are no more a

novelty but a nusence.

Well am not hungry

but expect I will be before

night & if I dont eat so

had better get in as it is

every dog for himself here

and the Co is lined up

for mess. Addres mail

to Camp Mills N.Y.

84 Div.

Co A

336 Reg. Your son

Charlie
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Pvt C.C. Bricker

84 Division Soldier's Mail

Co A. 336R

A.E. France

Mr. and Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Delaware Co. Ohio

Censored by

[illegible]

Capt. 336 Inf.
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ARMY AND NAVY

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"WITH THE COLORS"

Sept. 3rd 1918

Dear Mother,

Well this is

Tuesday morning again and

am feeling fine. I wrote

Doris a few days ago, perhaps

her letter will explain that

matter uppermost in your mind

I can not at this time tell

you what I would like to,

but will in a short time

write you again

Did you send me the sweater

if you have not, don't send it

I believe you said you sent

my address to Harry. I havent

had time to write him

Take good care of yourselves

there is no reason for you

not doing it, and I will do

the same.

Your Son

Charlie

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your address

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker

84 Division

Co A

336 Reg

A. E. F.
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U S Army A.E.F

APO #905

Mr and Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena O

Del Co. U.S.A.
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Somewhere in France 9/22 '18

Dear Father & Mother -

I am now located in

southern part of France, have

had a very nice trip, came

by way of England, did not

see much of England, but what

I did see it looked fine

it rains every day, and so

the country shows up good

We are billited in a town

quite old fashion, as is every

thing over here. have very good

quarters in a house, it is

dry and will be warm, so

a fellow can enjoy a few

things. Our trip across the

ocean lasted 13 days and

got old by time we landed

They claimed they sighted

a sub one night just before

we landed
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Remember me to the other folks

may be I can write to them

when we get squared away

especialy to John Ethel & Clarence

I am feeling fine, and have

all the time except a sore

foot at present, have had two

or three hard hikes, they have

been hard because we were

not in condition for them,

being on the boat as long

as we were and ^not doing

any thing, it stove up my

left foot so I cant hardly

walk, but by keeping off

it for a day or so, will be

O.K. again.

Am not learning French

very fast but dont believe

it will be so hard to learn.

Every thing is curious here

the buildings and way's

are so different, about the

only thing's like we have are

bikes, you dont see any

autos running here, all they

use is two wheel carts, and
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It soon will be three

months since I went to

Camp Sherman, have got

a long way from home in

that time. Yeasterday as we

came through a town, and

stoped a short time, saw a

train load of German prisoners

that were captured the 13 & 14

of this month. there were 2000

of them, some real young

and others with long grey

whiskers, and appeared to

be at least 55.

How is father feeling? and

how about you. take care

of yourselves. I have thought

about writing you before

but have been moving

lively and havent had

time to write before
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a donkey or oxen, it looks

queer. There are a great

quanity of grapes here some

fine vinyards and wine is plenty

Have had fine weather, it

is cool and does not get hot during

the day time

Have hoped to here from

Harry Van Kirk, but have not

up to this time.

I have not yet got the sweaters

you sent me, if you have not

it, suppose you have written

since we left, I have not

received any letters yet.

Am waiting to here from

you and know how you are

making it, you must not

worry about me, I am getting

along fine.

Your son

Charlie C. Bricker

Co A 336 Reg.

U. S. Army A. E. F.

A.P.O. 905

Cenesd by

Hynar King

1st Liet Jnt

USA

AEF
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Pvt Charlie C Bricker Soldiers Mail

U.S. Army

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.

Coy Moreland

U.S.A.


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Somewhere in France 10/6 '18

Dear Father & Mother -

Well this is another

Sunday in France and all

is well. There is good news

arriving hourly from the front

and the French colors are

flying every where, also the

stars and stripes, we are preparing

to move from the little town

in which we are located.

I am feeling fine, as are

all the boys here, Charlie

Montgomery is in the same Co.

the only boy from home in

A. Co. I got five letters

last night, three were from you

one each from Doris & Geo Armstrong

Was getting anctious to here

how father was feeling as I

had not heard from you

since I left Mills, had letter

from Doris night before last that

she wrote to Mills.
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I have hoped to see some

of the boys from home that

are over here, but it seems

they are all in Italy.

Those pictures are sure fine

of that Helen took, when I

look at the pictures of Mrs Hyde

it reminds me of those good

pies, I sure would like

to have one now.

I have not heard from

Harry VanKirk as yet, perhaps

he never recieved my letter

Tell John he had better

stay in Galena, for when I

get back we will start

something if it is nothing

but a resturant, it seems

to me they are getting rather

pentiful for size of the town

It soon will be Oct 24 -

again, tell Hazel I wont

forget the 25th, it will be

here before you get this
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Well keep a stiff upper lip

and take extra good care of

your selves, for if reports are

true we will be home one of

these days not far off, and

my only worry now is how

you are getting along and I

know what your worry is,

but don't worry about me

for I am getting along all

O.K. never felt better, am not

getting fat, but believe I could

over here. The weather is fine

only a shower or two since we

arrived, it is not nearly so

late for this time of year as it

is in Ohio, forest trees are

all green and show very

little signs of falling leaves.

Am getting all the fresh

figs I can eat & they are

fine too, grapes are sure

pentifull here and are very

fine.
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letter I am not worrying

about any one walking in

on me this year.

What has become of Mae?

I might have seen some of

Franks friends in Old Ireland

had we touched there.

Well take care of your-

slves and I will do the

same and will write as often

as I can and you have

nothing else to do,

So Good bye

Your son

Charlie C. Bricker

Pvt. Co. A. 336 Inf.

American E. F.

Roy Moreland

2nd Lieut. U.S.A.
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Pvt C.C. Bricker Soldiers Mail

U.S. Army

American E. F.

Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.
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Somewhere in Belgium Oct. 23 '18

My Dear Father & Mother

It has been some little time

since I wrote you I have been sick

not very bad but so I could not

do much, am feeling good again

we caught an epidemic down in

southern France and put several

of us out of business.

Where we are now the guns are

rattling away nearly all the time.

It sure is a devistated country

Have not heard from you since I

was in southern France.

Have been in the service just four

months today, and tomorrow will be

the end of another year, I little

expected to spend a birthday in

Belgium. I am with another

Division now the old 84 has been

torn to pieces to fill up another
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Well there is so little I can

write and so much I could say

that I am not going to try

to write only so you will know

I am feeling good and ready to go

on up and get some of those

Hun's

Hope this will find you feeling

good, take care of yourselves

and I will do the best I

can

From

Your son

Charlie C. Bricker

Pvt - 362 Reg

Co M
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P.S. Am sending you slip, good

for 3 lbs. if you send anything

send some candy some that is not

to soft so it will be sure and carry

a package or so of Prince Albert wouldent

go bad

Charlie
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U.S. Army

American E F

Mr & Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

O

U.S.A.
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Somewhere in Belgium Nov 5 '18

Dear Father & Mother

I am still in Belgium

the finest country I have seen

since I left U.S. it sure is

a beautiful place and dont

blame the natives for fighting

to there last man for it.

I have seen considerable of

the country it lays fine the

soil looks good and they are

not so far behind as the parts

of France I have seen

I have been at the front and

am back safe and sound

am feeling fine now, was feeling
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The situation looks very

good over here, the German

is moving back as fast as

he can, they are scared

to death of the Sammie

It is getting so dark I

can hardy see the paper

so you will now I am

feeling fine safe and

sound so do not worry

about me, am enjoying

myself as much as possible

in this beautiful country

Am billeted in an old

Dutch Mill, such as you

see pictures in Foreign

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bad for some time, something

like the LaGrippe and it left

me weak and no apetite, but

now am eating everything in

sight and have gained my

strenght so my pack is no

heavier than usual.

By being transferred I

have not heard from you

for some time, but hope you

are feeling as good as you

were then, take good care

of your selves, that is all

you have to care for, and

one of these days before long

I am comming walking in

on you




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countries, it is quite a

curiosity to me

Well must quiet time

and make my bed

Your son

Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

362 Inf

Co M

[illegible] Div

A. P. O. 776

Censored by

John Mud

2nd Lieut 362 d
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Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

U.S. Army Soldiers Mail

American E.F.

Mr. & Mrs D.E. Bricker

censored by Galena

John Mueller Ohio

U.S.A. U.S.A.
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Somewhere in Belgium Nov 15 - 1918

Dear Father & Mother

Well I hope you feel

better now, I do, you can imagine

what we are now looking forward to

This is the first time for some time

that we have not been where we could

here the roar of the big guns, but I

guess that is a thing of the past.

I got your letters of Oct 6 & 9

hope the Spanish Influenzy is not so

bad. I learn from the other boys that

it is all over U.S. Well I know what

it is, that is what I had, a number

of the boys had it.

Am feeling fine am getting good

eats and plenty, and you bet I am

ready for every meal. I never ate so

much in my life or sleep as many

hours out of 24 as I am now, am really

getting fat, my clothes are getting to

small already
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Seems to me Father must be feeling

good to carry a bag of corn from

Grangers, he should cut that out.

That picture looks very familiar

you and the old top show up good.

Tell Skinner I said Hello,

and John to hurry up that letter

you said he was writting.

Well I have no more time now

must get out for drill, well write

again in a few days.

Your son

Pvt Charles C Bricker

362 Reg

Co M

Censored by

[illegible]

1st Lieut.
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Pvt Charlie C Bricker Soldiers Mail

U.S. Army

American E.F.

Mr and Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.
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Flanders, Belgium

Dec. 17 1918

Dear Father & Mother.

Well this is a nice day

again a little cool but not

bad, if it don't get any colder

I will be satisfied.

Was out on a problem

yesterday in the trenches &

dugouts, sure some work

to build them, there are

miles & miles of them, built

of concrete.

What is going on at

home anaway, is everyone

going to die in six months

I could hardy believe it when
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I read of Howard Garlinghouse and

Orlie Adams being dead, I dident

suppose lightning would kill Howard

he was next to Melvin being able to

stand any thing. You never said whether

they have heard from Melvin yet.

My nitted goods came along O.K.

have worn my sweater some, some

cuss stole my helmet, the only thing

I have lost since I have been over here.

I wrote to Addie last week, so she

will have my address, you said she

wanted it. Suppose the boys that

went to camps just lately are being

discharged, that will help the labor

question in the states some, but if they

will turn the 91st loose it will help

more, Ha! What you think?

Have a little collection of Dutch

French & Belgum money for you if I

don't go broke and have to spend it

still have a twenty of old U.S. I have

held onto, so I have never been broke,

had pay day today, so am flush with

frank's. Havent found any crums

yet don't know how I have escaped
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this long, for nearly all the

boy's have them.

Am still feeling as good

as can be, my belt will

soon be to short.

Am sending you picture of

some of the boys for for I will

loose it, we had intended to

have a picture taken of all

of us, but haven't succeded

yet, would sure like to have

one of the barick.

Hope this will find you

feeling as well as ever.

Your son

Charlie C. Bricker

Co M.

Censored by 362 Inf.

John Muller A.P.O. 776

1st Lt A.S.F.
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Pvt Charlie C Bricker Soldiers Mail

U.S. Army

American E.F.

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.
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[written upside down at top of page 1]

Got a few crawlers to trap

tonight got about rid of them


LaFerda Benard France 1/12 '19

Dear Mother -

Well this is Sunday

again and am feeling fine and

dandy. My pardner and I

have been out for a walk

looking for a horse farm, we

came to one place and an

old Frenchman thought we

wanted to buy horses so he

showed us all he had, and

we had an awful time getting

away from him, couldent make

him understand

Have made quite a move

since I last wrote on New Years

day we moved out of Belgium
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into France, was on the train

for two days and nights, then

hiked out from LaFerda Benard

about 25K that was on Friday

on last Tuesday we came back

in trucks to attend snipers

school, it will last about two

weeks longer, I hope by that

time we will be moving

towards "The Garden of the

World" (U.S.)

Am glad you both are

feeling fine, take good care of

yourselves for it wont be very

long till we will be homeward

bound. I have got all the papers

and letters you sent O.K. I am

back for about two weeks, on

account of our moving, but one

of the boys went out the Co.

today to get the mail.
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The last letters from you were

Dec 1st & 10th but no doubt there

are a lot of letters out at the

Co's for us and we will get

them tonight. You spoke

of the flu raging again, it is

all over U.S. from letters other

fellows get, we have had no

cases that I have heard of,

in fact no disease of any kind

What is this water tower

you are writing about? I suppose

it is a R.R. tower, they must

be building it on our place

there is no room on the R.R.

ground's
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You are right about the old

snags. I still have them, and

that is not all, I am going to

bring them home, that is, what

I havent broken out eating

hard tack, (every one else being

willing) Got your Xmas

box on the 27th O.K. the box

Doris sent beat yours two or

three days. dont send me

any more tobacco am getting

plenty now, all I can burn

and carry. How are you

getting along with collections

give them h _ _ _, for the chance

will soon be over, they will

think I can get out and

work for it, but that is where

they will be fooled, for work
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and I will not be pardners

for a time at least when

I get home, and it take

cash to buy gasoline & tires

and I sure am go to use

some. Well had to stop and

eat dinner, very good too.

We get lectures every forenoon

and some practical work in

afternoon only 30 min a day of

squad east & west that is what

sounds good, Am going down

to Red Cross this afternoon and

get some magazines to read. I

havent read for so long a time

I dont know as I can
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Well I got a letter from you

and a paper but was

disappointed for it was

written Nov 24 and was a

little stale, but looked good

at that, I think they are

holding our mail for anothor

move. Was out to one of

the fine horse farms of

France this afternoon, they

had some very fine ones

I must close for this

time will try and not put

off writing so long next time

Your son

Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

Co M

362 Inf

A.P.O. 776

Censored by

Wm N. Hutchison

1st Lieut
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Doris Fuller

Galena

O.

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker

91 Division

Co. M. 362 Reg.

A.P.O. 776

U.S. Army

American E.F.
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Galena, O

Jan. 5, 1919

My dear Charlie:

This is the first letter I

have written you this year

and hope you will receive it

before next year.

I received your letter

written Dec. 11 containing the

Souvernir de France and, believe

me, I was some tickled to

get it. It was the best Christmas

present I received. Ethel and

your Mother received their

letters the same day, Jan. 3.

Ralph Linnabary was

discharged this week and is home

They have never heard from

Walter since he landed.

Yesterday was the coldest
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morning. He had not been well

for some time and he had

brooded over the death of Quentin.

There surely has been a lot of

deaths since you went away.

We commenced invoicing

at the store to-day. It will be

some job but I rather like it,

all but the small articles. Things

sure do count up now.

I still hear quite a bit of

complaint about Coons but Harry

seems to like him and stays

with him. His calendars this

year are large hand painted

ones costing $1.50 apiece which

he gave to the business places

and of course you know that

doesn't suit the customers.
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day we have had, 10° above zero

in the morning but no snow

and dusty. It is a beautiful day

to-day.

Lester Hancock and Grant Plumb

are in Fiurne, Austria.

Old Mr. Sanford was killed

by the south bound morning

passenger train Monday. He

was walking up to Sunbury

and saw the train coming,

when it was even with him he

stepped in front of it cutting

his head off and throwing his

body on the bank. His funeral

was in Sunbury at Kettle's

Monday.

My letters are usually postponed

waiting for something interesting

to happen but that never comes.

Theodore Roosevelt died this
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I see by the papers that you

are liable to come home before

long but do not know whether

to believe it or not for it may be

contradicted in a day or so.

Your folks are all right Cyrus

was doing some work for your

mother to-day.

Lee Fontanell and Luther Johnson

got mad at the school board and quit

hauling the children. Charlie Gore and

Ott Searles took their places. They

were mad because they didn't

draw their pay while the school

was closed because of the "flu"

and the teachers drew their salary.

It is getting late so shall close

and write later.

Your old friend,

Doris
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From

Mrs V. Hancock

Galena, Ohio

Mr. Charles C. Bricker

Co M. 362 Infantry.

American Exp. Forces.

A.P.O. 776

91st Div.
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Galena O

Jan 5 - 19

Hello, Chas

How are you this fine

Sunday evening the sun has

shown here about all day and

I hope it is the same over there

well I was just over home and

your mother has seen in the

paper where the 91st has been

ordered home and she said she

was relieved now and was

going to take a rest and your

Father said he was keeping

the flys off of her and went

to sleep on the job.

Well I am still at the Jews

but my hair is still as it

always was as far as I can

see for I dont like it well

enough to think of trying to

be like them I am still
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waiting for you to come home again

and see if we can get together again

just between you and I it is not

a very good place to work for the

way they run business dosent look

good to and yet they seem to make

money at it they are having a big

sale now and some things are

very good price they are selling

overalls at 1.45 Red & Blue Hand 9 &

10% off on all shoes and about five $5.00

off on a suit of clothes that are very

good deals if they will only pick them

up groceries are 5% off excep soap

and all laundry soaps are Six 6

the most of the soaps now cost 6.90

but the most of these cost less than

Six but one or two cost kinds cost 6.35

but they ask enough on some other

things to make up for it the coffee

that is now selling for 25 cost 15

and one that sells for 35 cost 21

and then they mix them half and

half and sell that for 30 and

then you can get goods cheaper

there than other places how does

it sound to you they do not sell

package coffee now at all. U.R. costs

about 32¢ now and others at about

the same. they sure have advanced

some of the F.W. Co. at Cleveland has

limited each customer to bag of bulk

or one hundred pounds of package coffee
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Well you wanted to know how our old

friend Coons was getting along I dont

know very much about him for I have

not been in there for some time but I

suppose you heard he is running the

truck him self and Harry and Henry

Lee wife is working for him I dont know

about his wife as she works in the store

or not I hear several say that they do

not like him very well for he has very

little to say to any body.

I seen Patterson and he said to tell you

that there was no body that wanted to

see you get back more than he did.

Havent seen Ed Young for a long time

but see Fribley about every time he comes

he is not doing much business with

J.N.C said it was a H --- of a place and

did not care much about calling on him.

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after suppper, I had lrd milk and ribs

do you get very much milk and such stuff

as that over there if they work the cows

I wouldent think they would give very

much. Hobert Grey has been home from

France but has gone some place now but

dont know where I dont think he was

discharged he was wounded in the arm

On Christmas night I was coming home

we had been up to Ethels Folks for dinner

and at the end of School yard I went

to turn up this way and he and two other

boys was coming down behind me and tried

to pass on the R. side and say what they

did for me was a plenty there wheel hit

my Running Board about even with the back

door and stopped just back of my front

wheel tore it all to pieces had to

have a new R Board and fenders

and a few weeks ago I hit a milk truck

bent my Front wheel and bursted my

Radiator to pieces talk about good luck

that sure has been hasent it and I was

not drunk at the time but the Grey boys

tried to pass on the wrong side and I turned

that way and he could not stop

Clarence told me to put his name on

here so you could see it said to tell you

he went to school and Sunday school and

could read out of his book pretty well

got a basket ball shot gun watch and

a tie for Xmas Joe W. gave us $5.00

gold piece.
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well will close for this time and hope

to see you home in a short time but

answer soon if you get this letter yours

as ever

John V. Hancock

Galena

Ohio

123456789 10

Hello Charley this is Skinner

how are you I am feeling fine

come home soon

Good bye Skinner
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Hello Charlie: How are you and what are you

doing this Monday morn? It is trying to

snow here begin to seem like winter.

We rec'd your letter last Thurs. sure did enjoy

reading it. Haven't you ever got any of Jno's

letters. I expect there is lots of mail lost.

Arthur's got your letter Sat. (Jan 4) which you

had written 15th of Dec. that sure come across

quick.

Well Charlie we were down to Franks New Years

for supper and after supper we had a game of

rook Frank and I were the best players. Haven't been

to a rook gathering for nearly 2 mo. and that was

at Dorris's house. Budd was my pard (as he call it

and was a little top heavy as he had been to the city that

day but never the less we got 3 out of 5 played with

John and Mrs. Budd. I guess they that live one the

square play real often. Frank said the other

night when you got home we sure would

haft to have a big blow out. Think what is

coming and hurry home.

Ethel
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A.M. EX. F. Soldiers Mail

Knights of Columbus

OVERSEAS SERVICE

FROM Pvt C.C. Bricker

U.S. Army

A. E. F.

Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.
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Knights of Columbus

OVERSEAS SERVICE

ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES


A.P.O. 776

DATE Jan 18 - 1919

Nance, France.

Dear Mother -

Well mother

am back from college. we are

all feeling fine, got two letters

from you last night the latest

Dec 30, that is making good

time. We are all just

waiting for orders to roll Jacks

and start back to U.S. don't

know how soon such orders will

come. Sorry to hear of Dug

Black's death, had a long talk

with him & his wife last trip

I made on the truck, but it

dont take long for a fellow to

die. Things sure must be

slow in the states, from what

you say of Xmas business

may be a good thing I got out
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Knights of Columbus

OVERSEAS SERVICE

ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

A.P.O.

2

Date


when I did. Keep close to

Platt and get all you can

out of him. How about

G.C. Bennett? it might be

a good policy to keep an eye

on him, keep after all of three

and give them ----.

Was glad to hear they had

heard from the other boys

over here, and all were O.K.

Had a real IRISH letter

from a real irish friend, and

you bet I enjoy a letter from

the Mc family, I feel when

I read it, just like I was

sitting on there back porch

and it makes a fellow feel

better, to think he has some

real friends at home, and I

sure feel that way towards them
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Knights of Columbus

OVERSEAS SERVICE

ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

A.P.O.

3

Date


We have quite a good time

our bunch are a jolly crowd

and darn good fellows.

You, perhaps have already

got the picture of the fellows

that is the four or five, I for

got to mark them, so you

would know who they were

but I can tell you when I

get home, we have never had

had the picture of all, taken.

Remember me to Jno, Ethel

& Clarence, will write them soon

as I can

Your son

Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

C. M 362 Inf

APO 776

Censored by

1st Lieut.
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AM. EX. F. Soldiers Mail

Knights of Columbus

OVERSEAS SERVICE

FROM C.C. Bricker

U.S. Army

Mr and Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.
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St Vincent, France

Jan 29 - 1919

Dear Father and Mother

Well I am still here and

have no idea when we will start

for home but from rumors, well

be far on our way by time you

get this, hope so at least

Got your letter, saying you

received your Xmas remembrance

so did Doris, wish I could bring

you something but have nearly

all I can carry as it is, have

a few souvenirs that came from

the front. Was on parade

Monday before Gen Pershing, he sure

is some military man, had a

good view of him to.

Am sending you a card

am marking hotel, we were over to

this place last Wed. and had our

dinners, there was only 8 of us

had 53 eggs, beef, pota, brd & jam
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now wasent that some feed. Guess winter

has just set in here it has snowed for

two or three days, just a nice little skiff.

we are in an old barn, have a fire in our

old kittle every thing is as cozy as can be

all crowd the fire so there is no waste

heat, am writing this by the kettle on my

knee, so may be it well be hard to read

Had a good long letter from Jno

Ethel & Skinner, have read ^ it till I nearly

wore it out. Am feeling fine, eating three

meals a day when I get up in time, but

missed breakfast this morning, because

I slept to long, dont you do anything

you never say a word about what is

being did, what did you do with Levi

DeWitt, buy him out and we will do some

farming this summer.

I think Reed is barking up the wrong

tree when he thinks he will sell me

the hardware store, must have one

better than that or not at all, I sure

am up against it to know what to do

when I do get home, but I should worry

something will turn up.

How is Mrs Hyde? I think of her

often, and then look up my collection of

pictures, have quite a collection, where are

those you said were comming? I got two

not long ago of three old girls I used to

know in the states Ha! Recieved letter

from Jap & Daisy, tell her I am going to

expect that spring chicken. Did you

get any money out of Bert Shaw? I would

go easy, for he has been on the square
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with me, he paid me once for

waiting on him. Remember me to

Sarah Johnson & Herbert. I

have thought I would write

to them but it seems I can't

get around to it.

Well mother dont worry

one minute about me, take

care of yourselves, and take

good care, I am just feeling

fine and can take care of

myself, hope it wont be long

till I see you.

Your Son

Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

Co M. 362 Inf

A.P.O. 776

Censored by

1st Lieut

AR Briggs USA
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Pvt C.C. Bricker

U.S. Army

American E.F.

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.
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ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Y.M.C.A. WITH THE
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

Feb 22 1919

St. Vincent des Pres. France.

Dear Mother -

Got two letters

from you last night dated

Jan. 27 and continued for some

10 days and another of Feb 5th

not continued. Tell Leta Likes

I sure did apreciate those

pictures, they sure are fine of

all three of the subjects.

Harry, Skinner & Buttons

This ^is a holiday in the

army, there is to be nothing

did today, except that which

can not be helped, no formations

of any kind.
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ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Y.M.C.A. WITH THE
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES


am glad to hear father is

feeling fine, hope the weather

continues good, and if he will

take care of himself there is

no reason why he can not

continue to feel good.

We are having some

of the worst weather, it rains

all the time, night & day, you

talk of "Sunny France" but you

have to show me. I havent

seen much of the Sunny part

part of the country.

You wanted souveniers,

well I have a few and they

are the real thing, if I can

get them home.
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ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Y.M.C.A. WITH THE
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES


We have about enough

to carry without adding very

much in the way of souvenirs

Am going to send you a little

poem of a souvenir I am

going to bring home for you

it wont be very much, but

but [crossed out] it is none less than

I took away. I will write

you again a few days, you

can look for us back in the

States in March 1919.

Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

Co M 362 Inf

A.P.O. 776

Censored by

UR Briggs

1st Lieut USA
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Doris Fuller

Galena

O

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker

91 Division

Co. M. 362 Reg.

A.P.O. 776

U.S. Army

American E.F.
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Galena, Ohio

Feb. 23, 1919.

My dear Charlie:

Another Sunday evening

and I have again been entertained

by Gladys Utley. We will be so

near alike that I suspect you

can not tell us apart when you

come home. She received a

letter from Wilson yesterday

containing some pictures and of

course she wanted to show them

He expected to be on his way home

by the time his letter reached here.

Rev. Morris is going to take

a vacation for a month or so

to rest his throat. He has paralysis

of the vocal cords. He cannot talk

above a whisper to-day. Rev.

Williams from Sunbury took

his place today. A discharged

Chaplain will fill his place

while he is gone. It seems there

has been something to put him

back ever since he has been here.
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Somebody tried to get into Coons

store last night. This morning a

ladder was at the back window

next to Dustins and the window

was about half raised but nothing

was taken. They must have been

scared away.

If you were home you would

have some new neighbors. Gene

Bostons have moved in the

Weeks property and D.M. Higgins

has bought the Baker place. That

boy will take anything within

his reach. John Ginn rented

the place first and Baker backed

up on him. Baughman's are

going to move in the Harrison

Johnson property.

John Hancock traded his old

flivver for a new one.

Your folks received a letter

the other day saying you thought

you would be on your way home

before it reached there so you may

never get this but thought I would


write fearing you might be mistaken.

French Walker is in the

hospital at Camp Sherman. He

is paralyzed in one side and can

hardly walk. He thinks he may

have to stay there a year before

he will be able to go home.

The Weiser boy came home

last week feeling fine also Dean

Tippy is home.

Henry Lee is here today but

think only on a furlough.

Hiram Van Fleet is very sick.

He is at Ed Coles, is worse to-day

for his heart is so bad. This

probably will be his last sickness.

There is sure to be one person

alive when you come home and

that is Mary Lawson. She is

just the same as she has been

for the last few years.

Tuesday,

I have been waiting for some

more news or a letter but shall

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try to finish this epistle to-day

Your mother just called

and said that Bessie Ferris Jennings

died with the "flu" and Dan is

very low. It surely is too bad for

they had just gotten settled.

Your friend Eva Smothers

was just in and said Kelley

Farman deserted the army about

six months ago, stole three

hundred dollars and escaped to

Mexico. Some record.

will close for this time

looking for a letter or yourself but

I prefer the latter.

Your Friend

Doris
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Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena, Ohio

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker,

91st Division

Co. M. 362 Inf.,

A.P.O. #776,

American E.F.
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You dont say whether you get

the papers or not another wedding

Glen Clapham & Lelia McElwee

Galena, Oh. Jan. 5 1919.

Dear Son

I want to thank you for your

remembrance of me in two ways

where it came from and the one

it came from. I was disapointed

as there was no letter but I read

all the others but George Armstrongs

Abbie sent word for one to come

in and read that. Nellie called one

last night she was so pleased said

she would answer it right away.

Johnie is at the barn pumping up

his tires we have our new tags it

is 34015 maroon color with white

figures, we havent them on yet

we have been having some cold

over

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weather for a few days it is warmer

this afternoon the sun is shining

papa has had to stay pretty close

he would go down town once

a day and then he would stay by

the fire. Frances Van Kirk was here

Friday night all night she goes back

Wednesday it sure takes some money

to keep her going but it can last

long at this rate she says when

the money is all gone "Dad can take

care of me" Harry wants to be Colonel

before he comes back. Allie Willis &

her mother called on us last week

and asked about you Frank B. is

lecturing gone all the time she

said. she feel the defeat worse than

he. Carrie Slack is here I mean
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here he comes he is nice but

awful bad he and Ethel are going

to Columbus Tomorrow to be gone

two days. Clarence caused a hault

and in the mean time we got a

letter from you dated Feb 5th

papa said he thought Doris got

one. the papers state the 91st

is to come home in March. hope

you can go to Spain if you cant

come home, but you will half to

cut expenses on eggs & sausage

I suppose you have gotten so you

can look a potatoe in the eye

you use to tell me you couldnt

About the collections they all

stopped when the Armistice was

signed Cupp was going after

them but he is acting Prosecutor
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Walter Grove is dead poor fellow

he had an awful time to live. Glen

Starks have a girl, and there is a young

Whitney Bill says they will have a

ball team of his own soon


Snyder isnt out of the service

yet they dont pay any attention

to my writing and papa duns

think when he see one, Goreys has

gone to Col. Did you get the writing

paper & envelopes that I sent I dont

believe you have gotten half of my

letters I have written every week and

a greater part of the time twice

beside what I wrote on the Sunbury

I havent sent only two & three papers

since Christmas. Aunt Lucy is all right

now she was a long while getting over the

flu its another case there not here, papa

has woke up and I want him to take

this to the P.O. hope your money

will hold out and you can get all

thats in it. With all best wishes for

a quick return. Mother
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Galena, O., Feb., 25 1919

Dear Son

I was so sure you were coming

home that Sunday I couldnt

write we were along all day and

of course papa slept. we ought

to of felt good had new neighbors

move in Saturday Gene Bostons

are in the Weeks house and

a man by the name of Higgins

has bought where Rays lived

not the Higgins on the Young

place dont know where they

came from. Bessie Farris died

last night of the "flu" (and her

husband is very bad) she was

taken very bad at the first (over)
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the little girl is getting better.

This is club day they are going to

quilt a comfort for Lucy at

Clara Vans this afternoon

she is getting ready for Harrys

coming home Lyda said her

husband was on his way and

Wesleys last letter said "I start

tomorrow" Henry Lee is home but

he hasn't been out of the U.S.

Harry Loar came to Camp Sherman

Sunday with colored troop mostly

from Columbus they had a big

parade. Doris was just in on

her way to Club she didnt get

any word from you so we dont

know what to think Clarence

is going to stay with me so it

will be Clubs with us
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AM. EX. F. Soldiers Mail

Knights of Columbus

OVERSEAS SERVICE

FROM Pvt C.C. Bricker

U.S. Army

American E.F.

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

U.S.A. Ohio
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AMERICAN ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Y.M.C.A. WITH THE
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

Feb 28 1919

St Vincent des Pres France

Dear Father & Mother,

Got your letter

of Feb 12 and paper sent

on the 13th last night

The boys had a

shot for the Flu yest-

erday and there arms

are sore so we all policing

up today, it has been

raining all the time

until today, and it sure

is fine the sun is shining

warm and the birds

sing like spring, just

like a May day.

Am feeling fine and

dandy, three square
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McCarty is charging city

prices aint he, must be

he don't want the business

or is going to quit making

trips for nothing.

That is sad about

Bert Whites wife. we are

not having but very little

sickness in our Bn. all

the boys feel fine.

Had a Co. picture

taken a few days ago

They are very good, will

get one to bring home.

Suppose Alva is

a proud dad, will surly

have to write to him.

There are several boys

from the Rainbow Div

with us now some of them

from the 166 but none

of the boys from home.
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meals and 12 hrs sleep

every day, can you beat

it. You spoke of

Phil Weiser not having

clothes to come home. we

are having trouble getting

there too, we have plenty

to keep warm.

I wrote Doris how

to find out about Melvin

and the more I think

about it ^the more I think

they should do it, if I

hear from him I will

let them or you know

at once. I wrote him

just as soon as I got

his address.

Have been thinking

of writing Mrs Hyde for

some time but seems I

can't get at it.
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We will be on the way

soon for good old U.S.A.

have seen all of France

I care to.

Hope you

are getting along all

right. dont worry about

me for I am getting

along fine, take good

care of yourselves.

Good-bye

Pvt C.C. Bricker

Co M 362 Nf

APO 776

Censored by

[illegible]

1st Lieut
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D.E. Bricker,

Galena, Ohio.

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker,

91st Division,

Co M. 362 Inf.,

A.P.O. 776

American E.F.
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Galena, O., Mar., 2 1919

Dear Son

This is a most beautiful day I

was wondering if it was a nice

with you we had quite a little

storm Friday and cold but it is

gone. Hope you have been to Spain

and got the worth of your money

it sure would be some trip, dont

think Mr Copeland has gotten home

yet Ruth said she would call as

soon as he came. Charlie White

is dead had parylasis of the throat

starved to death was buried two

weeks after Berts wife that makes

three in the White family in three

months Frank, Berts wife & Charlie
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Carl Furniss' wife died yesterday

of flu the rest of the family including

her mother are better Carl is in bed

yet. Galena has been fortunate so far

this winter but it may come yet.

Carrie Whitney said she had brought

up 26 doz of eggs she wished she had

a market like you spoke off they

are 34 now I wish I could send you

some. I have my garden seeds and

among them are sugar peas hope

you will be here to help plant them

papa bought another place yesterday

the Fred Waters house we can have

two gardens gave 700. for it Alva

said "sisters like to live close"

Alva liked to be called "papa".

papa wanted to talk to Cripp
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Mr Adam's has quit the Bank since

their last election Miss McMahon

helps Fred she goes after school

and Saturdays


yesterday but he was in an

awful hurry we want him

to us up some he said he

just wanted to get after Carl

Dixon but if he has it didnt

count Oscar promised to get

some more money right away

but he dont, he works in Col.

Monday

I had just got this writen and

someone knocked and it was Oscar

Dixon with $10.00 said he was

going to try and pay that much

every week they all had the flu

and have a little baby papa went

to Sunbury this morning with

Johnie to have a talk with Cupp

and see if the tax had been paid

on his other farm in the north end

Cap and Mrs Brown went for him
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They think the Sheets boys are both

dead the one that was taken prisoner

was wounded before he was taken


last night. Well Charlie this another

beautiful day every good one is one

less bad one we may have it bad later

on I hope the pond wont be rough

when you start back papa & Johnie

have come he wants to go down

to the P.O. so I will have to

stop hoping you are on your

way home. I will write until

I hear you have landed in U.S.A.

Be a good boy and Best Wishes

Mother

P.S. Papa found his new home

all right tax paid next June

will get the deed this week

and then have it insured.
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Doris Fuller

Galena

Ohio

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker

Co. M. 362 Reg.

A.P.O. 776

U.S. Army

91 Division American E.F.


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Galena, O.

March 4, 1919

My dear Charlie:

For the last few days I have

been meditating whether I better write

or not but decided to do so fearing

you will not sail for home as soon

as you expect.

I received your good letter

of Feb. 1st and wish to say that I

have changed neither for better nor

worse since you left for I learned

to play cards on Sunday with you

and hope to again soon. Ha! I also

see where the army is going to ruin

you for when you come home you

will surely be a sleepy-head among

us wide-awakes who only have from

six to eight hours sleep, but I sure can
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do my share when I have a chance.

Lyman Carpenters bought the Jim

Budd property on the Westerville road.

I suppose your mother has written

you that your father bought the

Peckham place. It was sold Saturday

Harry Reed would like to have

bought it.

Mr. Campbell has a new Dodge.

He probably will have an air ship

next as he changes so often.

Carl Furniss' wife died Monday

with the flu. All of the family have

it and Mrs. Furniss is down there.

Mrs. Furniss will have some more

to care for now as they have two

little children.

Clara Hancock received a card

the other day from Melvin saying
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he is in England and feeling fine.

It was a card furnished for the soldiers

and printed to fill out so he was duty

bound to write then.

Floyd Barrows has bought his

fathers farm, has a renter on the

shares and is scouring the country

buying cows. He gets so excited he

can hardly hold himself.

Mr. Phillips is in a very bad

condition. He does not leave his

room, can hardly see nor hear. The

cancer is slowly eating him up.

We are having lovely weather,

warm and dusty.

Rev. Morris is preparing to go south

for a month or so. His throat is not

better, not talking above a whisper,

and he also has erysipelas.
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You should have given that fellow

in your company a more interesting

subject to work on than my picture

and maybe he would be more

successful but would like to see

it any way.

Joe Closson moved in J.P's livery

barn to-day and will work on the

railroad.

Another one of Abe Smothers girls

died last week with the flu. I think

it was Lily. Phyllis had died before.

It is about bed time and I have

run out of anything to write unless

I make up something and don't approve

of that so shall close. Write often.

As ever

You old friend

Doris.
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Doris Fuller

Galena

Ohio

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker

91 Division

Co. M. 362 Reg.

A.P.O. 776

U.S. Army

American E.F.
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Galena, O.

Mch. 9, 1919

My dear Charlie:

It is Sunday eve and just

the kind that makes me want to

play Rook but must wait a few

weeks later.

Thursday I received your

letter of the twelfth and have come

to the conclusion that I will not

know you when I see you for you

surely must look like Newman

or W.F. Bennett. I fear when you

come home you will wear shoes

and gloves almost as large as

mine. Ha!

This has been a rainy, gloomy

day but we have not had many of them
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Galena needs.

Mrs. Claude Smythe just arrived

home from Florida.

Telephone Baker's son in Sunbury

is very low from effects of the flu.

Both of his lungs have been tapped

so there does not seem to be much

hopes for him. His father has

always been such a wild fellow

but now he has commenced think-

ing. He prayed all night last night.

Mrs. Bert Miller is looking for

a place in town. She wants Mrs.

Weeks place but that is rented and

she has to move this week so don't

know where she will go.

Your mother was in the store

last night and she thinks you are

on your way home. Hope she is right.

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Old Mrs. Campbell was buried

to-day. Her funeral was at Bill's.

Rev. Houston preached this morning.

It was the first time I ever heard

him and liked him real well.

Morris has gone to Shreveport, La. to

his mothers. it seems our Sunday

school class is poison to our teachers.

Mrs. Beardslee died, Mrs. Griffith

didn't care to teach us very long,

Mr. Morris lost his voice, then

Prof. Snyder took his place and now

he has the flu. Some record. I

think our intelligence is what

fixes them.

Luther Johnson has a new addition

to his restaurant, a gasoline tank. It

beats all what a man will do to keep

from paying his grocery bill. But of

course opposition is what a city like
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I have not seen your friend, Linnie,

for some time. I dont believe she cares

about coming to town as often as she

used to.

Suppose you have moved from

St. Vincent by this time and am

wondering in which direction.

I have about run out of anything

to write but if I was Gladys Utley I

could write a lot more for she says

she writes four and five folders

full to Wilson but she surely must

be like Cyrus and repeat the

same thing several times.

As ever

Your old friend

Doris.
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at Campbells today she is some girl

now. Forest is at home today his

Mother is away so he had to go to

Letas for dinner. Well we did have

[torn paper] Blair &

Jennie Shaw they say they are going

to live in Sunbury you know he

runs the "Blue Goose".

Monday Morning Had a telephone

from Frances she has to have $200

more her ticket is so much more &

her clothes but she is thrown with

girls that are millionares and she

wants to keep up and Harry dont

care she says he gets $400. a month now

papa has gone to the office has taken

a letter from Johnie & Ethel the last

letter we had was written Nov 15

over

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[first five lines are illegible]

boy ups I wish you would write her

she is anxious thinks maybe she can

see you as you come home the papers

look favorable for the 91st coming home

soon Ralph Linnaberry was mustered

out New Years day he just looks fine

they dont hear from Walter havent

since he sailed, will half to stop this

is better than you did wish you could

get something from the battle field

as a souvenir we certainly would

appreciate it and so would Doris

Well good bye & Write. Mother
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Mrs. D.E. Bricker,

Galena, Ohio.

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker,

91st Division

O.M. 366 Inf.,

A.P.O. 776

American E.F.
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Galena O. Mar 16 1919

Dear Son Charlie

Well I do not know what to write

I feel you are on the way home

Daisy and I were at Columbus

Friday we seen two troop trains

come in one of white and one of

colored troops the white ones

didnt get off at the depot pulled

through west under High St the

boys looked so tired I talked with

several at the depot that had

just been mustered out and one

that was on his way to Alabama

to be mustered Daisy Dewitts

husband came home that night

he told me there was no one so

tickeled as he it had been two
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weeks since he landed there are

quite a number that went when

you did that are back Mr Copeland

is home. That Roy Smith that

we gave the Guinea too was at Mrs

Roberts Thusday & Friday has been

at Camp Sherman has been there

it seems a couple of years he is a

Major I dont know what in he

had on spurs I supposed he went

on horseback he was here in a

machine. It rained all day yesterday

and all night and so far today

but is warm the grass begins to

look green down on the bottom

they wernt short of water at the

tank all they had to do was to

pump.
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Monday Morning

Mrs Brown & Cap came and I had

to stop the creek is out of banks

this morning and "going up" I never

seen our barn when it was so wet I

have it ditched out the south door

it is dry around the stair way that

is all turned off another customer

this morning W.F. Bennet I hated

to but had to, the cow doesn't fail

but she must be dry will have to

save some for you but never mind

we will have milk.

Papa is trying to get to see Smothers

he is going after them Frank Cook

hasnt paid all but I think may be

we will get it Cap wanted to know if

Frank had settled all she make him

pay for the milk. Ben Ross seems
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to be holding his own the rest of the

family are not so bad Jim Ross's wife

is pretty bad and that Bill Love and

his whole family are down with

only the neighbors to look after

them and a little tiny baby besides.

Wise has been an awful "toot" he tells

papa he will pay but he dont I expect

you will half to call on E.C. Bennett

yet even the machine is in Pearls

name, well Charlie I feel as though

you were on the road home and cant

write good but will keep on writing

until I hear you are in U.S. Orva got

a letter from you & one from Lester Fri

Lester thought they would start by Mar

4 he is in Genoa. Will have to stop

so be a good boy and think of

Mother
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Doris Fuller

Galena

O

Charlie C. Bricker

91 Division

Co. M. 362 Reg

A.P.O. 776

U.S. Army

American E.F.
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Galena, O.

Mch. 23, 1919.

My dear Charlie:

This is another one of those

nice "Rooky" Sunday evenings.

Lucile was in the store last night

and said Harold was looking

forward to a high old time

when you come home and we

promised ourselves that we

would show you fellows a time.

I received your letter of Feb.

28 and if rumor was true you

are nearing the states but fear

it is a mistake although always

hoping for the best.

Your folks went up to see

Copeland to-day and it did

them good for he was looking
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Knight car. Mr. Vance has a

new Dodge.

Helen Justus was buried last

week. She had the flu.

I just heard to-day that Egg

McKenzie and Agnes Ucker, those

folks who worked for Welchs, were

married about a month ago. She

surely has an eye for beauty.

Eva Smothers is going to be

married the twenty-eighth of

this month. she never saw

him so maybe he will back

out when they meet. He is a

soldier and his home is in

Oklahoma. I don't know how

she found him but she has a

knack at that.

We are still having beautiful

spring weather.
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so well. He is anxious to see you.

When Ralph Linnabary came

home from camp I thought he

and Olive would be married but

now I don't know. Blee seems to

be writing oftener to her now,

but believe she has a warmer

spot in her heart for Ralph.

Mr. Phillips was buried

Thursday. He was in a terrible

condition having a cancer on

each cheek.

Are you still buying eggs

for $1.20 per dozen? I believe I will

buy a lot and bring them over

and sell them. Eggs are 39¢ and

butter 68¢. A few things are

gradually dropping.

Mr. Coons has a new Willys

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Hope you will be home before

this reaches France.

No more news so shall close

and watch the papers for news

of the 91st.

Your old friend

Doris.
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Mrs. D.E. Bricker,

Galena, Ohio.

Pvt. Charlie C. Bricker,

91st Division,

co. M. 362 Inf.,

A.P.O. 776.

American E.F.
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Galena O, Mar. 24, 1919

Dear Son

Well Charlie I feel as though

you were on your way home

and would never get this but

for fear you are not "here goes"

was over yesterday to see Mr.

Copeland he sure looks fine

has been home two weeks

was never in a battle was in

the hospital I think he said

twice once with flu and once

with Tonsilitis he said he would

be down as soon as you came

no difference what he was

doing. The "flu" is awful

bad up toward Eden a child
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was dead there by Herms and

Nort Bartons boy they said

couldnt possible live hasnt

known any thing for 5 days

and hasn't eaten any thing

at all for a week Daisy seen

him last night she said he

looked like a corpse. Bill

Horn and his daughter are

dead (I think I told you Love)

I thought after I had sealed

it I had the name wrong the

rest of the family are very bad

they live back in the woods in

the old Smith Leak house its

awful Mr Philips was buried

Thursday and Mr. Van Fleet

alive yet but very bad cant

eat any thing
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[upside down at top of page]

Mr Copeland said you would

have to stay about six days when

you get to Camp Sherman


Mr Rauk had three graves

dug at one Jess Justices oldest

girl Joe Adams' (Young Joe) baby

and Mr Philips Oatfield Whitneys

baby is dead. Albert Lewis & his

wife were over Saturday with

their rent papa is going to

take it Frances has to have

the money she has spent eleven

hundred (1100) dollars since the

middle of September going some

dont you think papa was after

Smothers they said (or Eva said)

her father would be over and

pay that note but he hasnt

come yet that has been almost

a week ago Will Vance was

here yesterday morning and

thinks he will get that egg
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money soon. This is my last

week for to sell milk she

hasnt failed scarcly any

but I have milked her to

long now will only be about a

month. Well Charlie I will hope

you are on the way and I soon

can talk and not use a pencil

when you get to Camp Sherman

let us know and I will come

down I can get some one

to take me Hoyt took us

yesterday Harry Williams

has driven several times and

Harold Shockley once he drives

John Rodgers truck

Good Bye

Mother
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Pvt. C.C. Bricker

U.S. Army Soldiers Mail

A.E.F.

Mrs. D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

U.S.A.


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Mch 28 - '19

Saint Nazaire France

Dear Mother -

Well mother

I got your letter last

night also one from

Bob and am glad you

are able to do a little

something, seems to me

you are diving a little

deep in real estate, you

better keep closer to

shore, or you may drown

I had to laugh to my-

self, when I read you

had bough to Fred Watters

property, but it ought

to make money at that

price, unless every thing

has gone to sticks
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We are in a big camp

at Saint Nazaire, the

camp is 7 or 8 mi from

the city, this one is fully

as large as C.S. there is

another one down nearer

town, that I never saw

we left St. Vincent last

Sunday and arrived here

Monday about 8 a.m.

Have had one inspection

after another this week

and are liable to leave

just any day, and liable

to stay for some time too

you never can tell.

The kitchen where we

eat feed about 8000

men daily
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how would you like

to cook for that bunch

Am feeling fine and

dandy, and all ready

to feed the fish, if

necessary, anything to get

some place where it

dont rain all the time

it has rained all day

and I guess all last

night, but we have

good barracks and a

fire, bunks up off the

ground, so you see we

are sitting good. am

back with the Co. now

with the hdq. snipers

are no longer needed
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six of the boys and

the Sgt are along, the

others went back to there

respective Co's in the Bn.

The 363 & 4 are on there

way home, so I imagine

the 181 Brigade will be

going very soon. but

perhaps a little late to

make garden, but not

to help eat it. This perhaps

will be my last letter

from over here.

Pvt Charlie C. Bricker

Co. M 362 Inf

Censored by

1st Lieut
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

WAR ACTIVITIES

FROM C C Bricker

Co. M. 362 Inf.

Camp Mills NY

Mrs D.E. Bricker

Galena

Ohio

Del. Co.
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
WAR ACTIVITIES

Camp Mill N.Y.

April 20 1919

Dear Mother,

Am getting

back to the starting place again

we left Mills Sept 3d and

sailed from Saint Nazaire

on Apr 3d just seven months

to the day, got into N.Y.

last Monday, eleven days on

the water, three less than it

took us to go over, had a

fine trip only two days of

rough weather, your

birthday was one of the most

beautiful days on the water

you could imagine, the

sea was as smooth as any

little brook could possibly be

and the sun shown bright

and warm, You can

believe me or not I didnt

feed any fish
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
WAR ACTIVITIES

Was in Brooklyn last

Thursday, a guest of Miss

Cooke, she Mrs Otis and

the chauffer all did there

best to show me a good

time, and they sure did

toured Brooklyn in the

afternoon and Jack and

I went to N.Y. in the evening.

had dinner at the Astor

house and took in the

show, at the Winter Garden

they were showing Montee

Cristo Jr. and it was

fine. Was in the city

again yesterday and last

night, saw every thing

at the Hippodrome and

came back to camp on

12-30 train, it was about

2 oclock when I got in
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
WAR ACTIVITIES

so you know how I

wanted to get up this

morning. Camp Mills

is nothing what it was

when I was here before

we have good barraks

and above all plenty to eat

We hope to leave here for

Camp Sherman either

tomorrow or Tuesday I had

planned to be home by

next Sunday, but a

week is not very long, yet

when they do get started

to do things, it is not

like France take always

to get some place.

I sent you some pictures

by mail yesterday, hope,

they will reach you O.K.

for I would not have them
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
WAR ACTIVITIES

lost for any thing, the

small ones were taken in

St Vincent de Pres France

and the other will explain

itself. I am going to

send you a German blanket

and perhaps a few other

things in a day or so ever

afraid to carry them for

fear they take them from

me, or I loose them.

Must write to Daisy &

Jap. so hope to see you

in a few more days.


Charlie

Co M 362 Inf

Camp Mills

NY

P.S. Have you got my

telegram O.K.

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Title

Charlie C. Bricker World War I Letters

Subject

World War 1--Ohio--1914-1918
Correspondence--Personal--Letters
Village of Galena--Delaware County--Ohio

Description

This is a collection of letters written during World War 1 by Charlie C. Bricker to his parents Nora Waldron and David E. Bricker, and to his girlfriend, Doris Fuller, whom he married after returning home from the war. These letters appear here courtesy of John L. Bricker.

Creator

Charlie C. Bricker; David E. Bricker

Date

1918-1919

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/CNE/1.0/

Format

Letters

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

92961138

Collection

Citation

Charlie C. Bricker; David E. Bricker, “Charlie C. Bricker World War I Letters,” Delaware County Memory, accessed May 28, 2022, http://delawarecountymemory.org/items/show/123.

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