Allen S. Hulbert to Woodrow Wilson


Allen S. Hulbert to Woodrow Wilson


Allen S. Hulbert




1917 August 16


Allen Hulbert asks for Woodrow Wilson's help in getting work in the aviation branch due to his knowlege of gasoline engines and the need for him to continue to raise pig in order to support his family.


Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Papers, 1786-1957


Dear Mr. Wilson,

Some time ago I offered myself for the aviation branch of the service but was rejected on account of my eyes. I selected that branch because with my knowledge of gasoline engines I thought I would be most useful.

On June 5th I registered-was drafted-passed the physical examination and told to be ready to report at a concentration camp between September 1st and 5th. If I do this it means the entire loss of the only paying investment I have, which is raising hogs. Upon being ordered away the business will go to smash leaving us with out resources except what I would get in the Army.

Reports are current out here that we have a comfortable income. This report like others, is untrue. You are the only friend who can help and guide me in this crisis. I hate like___to take up your time with my troubles but I don't honestly know what to do.

I am studying gasoline motors under G E Ruckstall S.AE Ruckstall is really a genius and would be most useful in testing and inspecting motors to be used in air-planes.

The life of aviators and motors rests largely upon the perfection of material used and assembling of the engine. Ruckstall and I feel competent to do this work. Also, with authority and the co-operation of cities I can produce pork at a low cost. Will you help me to get work along either of these lines?

If you wish I will go to Washington to tell you in detail my plans.

Mother still suffers from her broken foot and I am getting about again after six weeks in bed at home and in the hospital with rheumatism.

We have taken a little house for a few weeks in the foot-hills-the air is fine. I have a small car of the vintage of 1913 that I use in my ranch work and also serves as a pleasure car on Saturday after-noons and Sunday-With kindest regards to Mrs. Wilson and the rest of your family.

I am-
Very sincerely yoursAllen S. Hulbert

P.S: Because of our financial condition I asked for exemption but was denied.



Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924




Allen S. Hulbert, “Allen S. Hulbert to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 August 16, WWP21831, World War I Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.