Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Kappelmann, Otto Carl Wilhelm, 1888-1960




1917 November 8


Daniel Metraux


World War, 1914-1918




My dear Anna-Marie,

Just received a wire from father “Have not heard from you in ten days are you well please answer immediately”, which message surprised me very much as I sent a postal to father two days ago in answer to his letter. As I wrote to father I have been busier than ever and it is only in the last day that I found time for anything else but work. That is the reason it was impossible for me to write. There is absolutely no reason for you to worry about me, for I promise to let you know immediately if there is anything wrong, etc., but there will be times when it is impossible to write. Then again, the mails are sometimes very irregular, and it certainly would not do for you to worry about me unless you do hear from me that I am not well.

In order to prove to you that I am in the very best of health, I enclose in separate package, some photos, and at the same time I want to send you my sincere congratulations to your birthday. It is too bad that we can not be together on Sunday—but there is no chance at all to get a furlough at the present time. Furloughs are given only in very serious cases and it is even hard to get them for such reasons. It might be possible to obtain a few days furlough next January, but this is also extremely doubtful, in fact we may not be down here that long.

There is really nothing new to write about—one day is about the same as another. We are now very comfortable in our tent, having put in a floor and walls of board and also installed electric lights. The Government intends to do this later on, but as this may be some time in the future, we thought it best to do so at our own expense. As to our plans for the future, there is of course no way of telling. However, my guess is that we go over next January, but this may be all wrong.

I heard a very interesting lectures, with moving pictures by an Argentine Count, several days ago about the war. The pictures are shown to the soldiers for instruction.

How are the children and father? Hope you have found a satisfactory girl by this time.

Enclosed with the photos you will also find some pictures of camp life.

As I want this letter to go off with the next mail, I will have to close now.

By the way, the photos may reach you a day later than this letter as they will have to be sent to Spartanburg to be registered. Please give a photo to father, also one to Friessens, and to Norris. I am sending one to Bound Brook.

With love to all, & hoping you will enjoy yourself on Sunday,

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 November 8, WWP18901, Otto Kappelmann Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.