Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Kappelmann, Otto Carl Wilhelm, 1888-1960




1917 July 29


Daniel Metraux


World War, 1914-1918




Pleasantville, NY


My dear Anna-Marie,

It’s about time that I let you hear from me, but I’ve been extremely busy right along. First of all, I want to thank you again for the fine time I had at the lake and for everything you did for me. I certainly enjoyed those 6 days and shall never forget them. In fact, they were so nice that I find it very hard to get used to military life again.

I arrived at the barracks 1½ hours before the expiration of my furlough on Thursday night. All connections were fine and I made the trip in record time. A wire notified the 1st Sgt. from Lake George of my time of arrival at Ossining but as my train did not stop at that station I had to hire an auto from Harmon for 3 miles. The cost was only .75.

Of course, there was a lot of work in the office waiting for me which is now pretty well cleared away. Last night I had my first patrol duty again from 8:PM to 12:midnight and from 4:am to 8:am, after which I slept all morning.

Yesterday afternoon I had a nice joy ride in the Ford to White Plains and got stuck on the way back. After working on the motor for about 1 hour, however, I succeeded in getting the car back. The night before I had a joy ride to Tarrytown and Ossining.

In spite of these enjoyments, however, I now find this life pretty monotonous and hope we will soon be moving to some other place. Lots of various rumors are around the camp now. One has it that we will march to Peekskill very shortly and there meet other organizations, possibly to stay there for some time for training. This, in a way, would be better than training in So. Carolina, as it would give us some opportunities to run down to the city once in a while. I believe our Major General (O’Ryan) objects to our being sent out of the state for training and possibly he will have enough influence at Washington to keep us near the city.

Lt. Busing came back from the Armory yesterday and said he was told that we might possible be sent to the Philippines to relieve the regulars for European service. This certainly would be a great trip across the U.S. and across the Pacific Ocean, or possibly through the Panama Canal. It would certainly solve my problems, in a way.

I have put in my name for a pass for next Sunday and will, no doubt see father at that time. I now think it is very improbable that we spend any length of time in Brooklyn.

Please thank Koehler again for me for the loan of their motor boat at various times and also remember me to everyone at Pearl Point etc, in case you should go over there.

How is Paul and Rhoda?

Please give them my love.

With lots of love,

Your brother,

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Bubendey, Anna-Marie Kappelmann, 1887-1986





Kappelmann, Otto Carl Wilhelm, 1888-1960, “Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey,” 1917 July 29, WWP18895, Otto Kappelmann Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.