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Letter From L. H. Blakesley
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The Guthrie Daily Leader
Saturday, February 9, 1918

Submitted by: Tammie Chada

Mr. and Mrs. Blakesley have received the following letter from their son who was among the first boys out of Guthrie:
Dear folks: I received your letter and was glad to hear from home, but sorry to hear the weather conditions are so bad. We don't have that cold weather here, but had a few days last week that seemed pretty cold. There was a drizzling rain Thursday and we didn't drill. You said that Lester M. Housh had joined the navy. There are several boys in the army that have been in the navy and they like the army the best. For one reason one boy said he had been on water six months and never had been on land. Another thing they have more cleaning to do. The whole ship every day must be cleaned and they have to wear a clean suit every evening and wash them every day. They have five suits a piece while we have only two. The infantry has less work cleaning up than any other branch of service. We have our rifles and that is all while the teamsters have their teams and all other branches have to take care of whatever they are in. Will try and finish your letter I started yesterday. We marched over to the YMCA auditorium last night and had a picture from the starting of a soldier and it was good. Do they expect the next bunch to come to Camp Travis. I hope they come here and fill out our company as we have only about 150 and need 250, war strength. Ex-president Taft will be here today and we are going to need a parade for him. He will make three addresses. I haven't been over to see the Nolen girls yet because I haven't my O. D. trousers, but will get them today as everybody has to have them for this parade. I will have them cut down as we never get anything to fit. I think we will get a furlough next month as it will make six months and I believe we are due to a 10 days' leave but haven't heard. It looks more like it every day that we won't go across. I see so many regulars every day that have been four or five years that haven't crossed. They are transferring lots of men out of our company now. Men that had trades, but I had no trade and don't think they will transfer me, unless it would be to the signal corps and I wouldn't mind that as I can send and receive messages for a long ways and I have learned a telegraph code is easy to learn. It is a different code than the Santa Fe uses. I have been trying for about 10 minutes to think of something else to write, but can't so will close with love.
L. H. Blakesley

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