Stratford "we serve our country", pp. 133-141
John Landwehr Henry Lillge Henry Toelle William Stotmeister Joseph Brei Roger Schuette Andrew McGivern Henry Steiner, Sr. Louis Schreiner Herbert Garbisch Jacob Morris Edward Wagner Frank Weber Anton Weber Alex Piontek Charles Kaiser Frank Laessig Geroge Kann, Sr. William Bradley Michael Zenner Leo Platteter Thomas Simolke John Kroening Ervin Belanger Jacob Drexler Charles Drexler James Hayes Andrew McGivern Leo Schelb Joseph Resch Barney Skaya Albert Riehle Albert Schmidt Letters Home The back issues of the Stratford Journal contained many letters from area men serving in World War I. They provide a glimpse of the times. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Popp received the following letter from their son, William, from somewhere in France: June 20, 1918 Dear Mother and Father. Will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well, and hope to remain in the very best of health, hoping that this letter will find you all the same. We have been having very fine weather here, up to a few days ago, when it started to rain and is mining today, and have enough rain now to last for a month. I hope it will stop soon as the trenches get muddy, but the boys don't think of the mud at all, when they see a German they are all anxious to take a shot at him. Well how is everybody around home now, I suppose they are busy putting in crops, and taking care of their gardens. The people over here have very nice gardens and they sure do take care of them, as they have to raise everything in the line of food from their gardens. It is just haying time over here now, the people have lots of hay cut and ready to haul in, but too much rain, what hay is cut is likely to spoil, and the people here haven't any to lose. You ought to see the old women out in the fields, some are so old they can hardly walk, but they have to get out in the field in order to get the crops in. You wrote about writing a nice letter about the country and the people; but as things are, a fellow can't write much over in this country, and any how if there are any fellows that would like to know what this country looks like let them enlist and come across, the more men over here, the better chance we have with the enemy. I am taking a medical treatment for my blood, and am not with the company at present, but expect to get back very soon. Will close for this time, tell everybody hello for me, that I'm still feeling fine. Closing with best wishes and regards. Hoping to return to you soon. From your loving son, William H. Popp From Stratford Journal, July 5, 1918 More Selects Notified The following are some of the boys who received their notices to report for Military Service, and will leave here Monday, July 8. Paul Zettler, Mike Fisher, Fred Lillge, Frank Sweick- hoefer, Joe Hayes, Bill Stemler. From Stratford Journal, Aug. 9, 1918 A Soldier's Letter Mr. & Mrs. William Spencer, Sr. received the following letter from their son, William, from somewhere in France: June 23, 1918 Dear Folks: Just a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope you are the same. Well how is everything at home? I suppose you have all your crops in by this time. Everything looks nice around here. We are in a nice place now, and the people around here certainly use us fine. They do all they can to make it like home for us.
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