File submitted for USGenWeb/MOGenWeb Lincoln County page by Doris Martin Jablonski, 1 August 1998.

Letters of P.F.C. Henry Wilbur "Harry" Martin to "Home Folks"
Uncited clippings from the "Mattie Davis Martin Collection" of Doris Martin Jablonski, 1998. Letters to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles James Martin, had been published in a local newspaper, probably the Troy Free Press (Troy, Lincoln Co., MO)


"A Letter to Home-Folks From Henry Martin, With the Medical Corps, Somewhere in Germany"
Amb. Co., 194th San Fr. A. E. F. December 5, 1918
Mr. And Mrs. C. J. Martin:

Dear Mama and Papa:
I will now write you a few lines to let you know I am well and hope these few lines will find you all in the best of health. We are still on the march; don’t know how much farther we have to go or when we will get away from this country, but here is hoping to get away soon, as I have seen all of Europe I care to see. The roads are very muddy and is so nasty moving every day. Of course I have not had to hike any as I have a motorcycle to ride but it is a job to ride it in the rain and mud. Of course it won’t last always is one
great consolation. The boys have sure done well in the march so far, as the marching has been so bad. France has good roads but over here the roads are so narrow and so much mud. There is some real pretty country here; it is real unlevel and hilly. Seems to be fertile soil. Some of the civilians here are butchering their hogs; have not seen more than one hog killed at one place. I have gone through a great many towns and villages here and oh my! The kids are in great numbers. So many small children and an American soldier is something new for them to see. The most of the citizens are so sociable. Of course we can’t speak German, I had learned a great deal of French, now I will have to learn some German to get by in Germany. Ha. Ha. Well as news is scare, I will have to close so write when you can, I remain your loving son,
P. F. C. Henry W. Martin

[2nd letter from Henry W. Martin:]

Amb. Co. 194th San Fr. A. E. F.
Somewhere in Germany. December 7, 1918

Dear Mama and Papa:
I will now write you a few lines tonight to let you know I am in good health and hope these few lines will fine you in good health. I am in Laeser, Germany, at present. Just came in this town tonight, have been on the march for some time. Of course I have it much easier than the ones that march as I drive a motorcycle and do the running for the outfit. I see a great deal of the country by that. Have seen lots of the country in France and also Loraine and will gee to see some of Germany too, so I will be pretty well acquainted with Europe. We are at a private house, my buddie and I by luck, are very nice people and treat us very nice. I can talk to them just a little. Of course it is hard to talk German for I never paid any attention to it and here it is all that is spoken except by us Americans. I was at Mondorff, a summer resort and a bathing pavilion. I had a swell bath while there. There is some pretty country here. It is somewhat mountainous but is cultivated up almost to the top of the hills. I don’t see how they climb them. Mostly grapes on the mountains. Well, as news is scarce, I will close. Oh, yes, I had a slip to fill out to get Xmas presents sent to me, but I did not want to bother anyone about sending stuff over here, so did not send it to you. So will say bye bye, your loving son.

P. F. C. Henry W. Martin

Note regarding clippings from the "Mattie Davis Martin Collection":   Mattie Davis Martin (1875-1943) lived all of her life in Lincoln County, MO.   She collected a large file of clippings of Lincoln County residents.  The majority of the clippings were without citation, and kept stored in an old purse. Doris Martin Jablonski, beneficiary of the collection, has transcribed them for inclusion on our Lincoln County Heritage/Records Page.

File submitted for USGenWeb/MOGenWeb Lincoln County page by Doris Martin Jablonski, 1 August 1998.

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