IN DAVID JESSE SHUMAKER’S WWI LETTER OF FEBRUARY 14 1919, IT’S COLD AND SNOWY IN FRANCE FOR THEIR RECENT THREE-DAY MARCH! BUT THE WEATHER IS WARMING NOW, AND DAVID IS EXPECTING SPRING SOON.
These twenty-eight letters home to his family during World War I will be compiled as my mother compiled them, and published into the same book that she made single copies of, titled Letters from a Doughboy. I’ll let you know here in the blog when the book is available.
Here is David Jesse Shumaker’s WWI letter of February 14, 1919:
Some where in France
Feb 14 1919
Dear Folks at home:
Just rec’d a letter from you this eve. Sure was glad to hear from you. But was sorry to hear you all had the Flu. Hope all are well now. I am. We took a short move the other day. We started Sunday night at 10 P.M. and ended Wednesday night at 9 P.M.
We moved out of winter mid winter with the thermometer playing around zero all the time for the last month. The Mercury played from 30° above to 10° below. It was 4 below the night we moved with about a foot of snow on the level and drifts in places that were enormous. Parts of the roads were “Past Traverse.” Blocked with snow. Believe me we sure moved from winter into spring Wednesday night. There was a light frost. Last night no frost at all. It rained a little today. That’s the differences between north eastern France & south western France. Well I must close. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Pvt David J Shumaker
Co E. 306 Inf
American Ex Force
P.S. Will write more in a day or so.
Here are photos of the scanned originals. If you would like high-resolution copies, just contact me and I’ll email them to you.
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