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Letter, 3 December 1918 with cover



Letter addressed to Miss Nellie Rahe, Milan, Indiana, Rural Route #2, Box 52
Postmarked Tuesday, December 3, 1918.

Camp Zachary Taylor
32rd Training Battery
F.A.C. O.T.S.
[Tuesday] Dec. 3, 1918

Dearest Nellie -

Well I will try and write you a few lines now as I have some time. I got back from Burnside last night and reported to Lieut. Longnecker then had to move all my stuff over to the 32nd Battery as the 33 is all busted up and we are waiting now for our papers.

Louis Maxie was one of our K.P.s and when he died I was asked to take his body home, and I could not refuse as he was a friend of mine. I started on Sunday morning at 7-10 and arrived in Danville [Kentucky] at 11-30 changed cars and landed in Burnside 2-30. his father and two sons met me and they had no undertaker or hearse so I called for the marshell [sic] and turned the body over to him. then we went over to the house and had the papers signed showing that they had received the body. then as I had a headache went to the hotel (Seven Gabels) [sic] and went to bed about 5 oclock.

That was the saddest family I ever saw and it was almost to[o] much for me and I hope I don't have to take another body home.

Well we go on shift at noon and perhaps we will be changed any time and I hope that I will get home soon.

I got your letter that you wrote Nov. 26 and say I was tickled half to death as I was not expecting it. but I will write when ever I get a chance so do not worry because I will be home some time before long.

This is brown paper but not the kind Charley Baker uses so you do not have to be afraid ha! ha!

Well I am going to write Pa a letter so I will bring this to an end.

Bye Bye dear heart for a little while

Your - / - / - / - / -

Frank Lane


Lane, Frank Raymond, “Letter, 3 December 1918 with cover,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed May 25, 2024,