Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Kappelmann, Otto Carl Wilhelm, 1888-1960




1917 November 11


Daniel Metraux


World War, 1914-1918




Co. A, 106th Infantry,
Camp Wadsworth, So. C.

My dear Anna-Marie,

Have been thinking of you to-day more than ever and am awfully sorry I could not be with you. However I hope you enjoyed your birthday.

Just wrote a letter to father and as it is getting late, cannot write you a long letter today, but just want to tell you that I’m OK in every way and perfectly contented

.It is too bad you have so much trouble with the servant question again, but hope that you will have found a girl by this time. Am glad to hear Paul is getting along well in school. Give both the children a kiss from me.

The pin I meant to give to Lieschen Franke an Ariel pin—an oar used for stick pin. There are two kinds—one from the Crescents for 8 oar barge race—I want to give her the other one. If you can find it, could you send it to her?

Have you received the photographs and how did you like them? How is father’s? Regarding the service flag, I really do not care personally whether you put it out or not. However, if you think it good policy, I have no objections.

The weather down here has been pretty warm, and no rain at all. I have two good blankets and when it is very cold, I use my overcoat as well. Also wear the sweater every night, a pair of old socks and the feet protectors. Also a set of underclothes. So you see I’m well taken care of and will not need the camp blanket; in fact it would be in the way.

Enclosed you will find some money which the prisoners use in Sing Sing. They might interest you.

By the way, do not forget to keep track of any expenses you may have on my account, such as the $4.00 you spent for me last month. If you need the money, please ask father to give you some & I will then send him an order on the Savings Bank when the amount is a little larger.

Have you received any news from Europe? Cranz tells me that he received news from his mother only recently. He also says that no Germans can use the Ariel Boat House anymore until the end of the war. I’m afraid that this will be very hard for the club.

The mails seem to be very irregular. From the following dates you will no doubt be able to tell whether any of your letters have gone astray: 1 letter in Oct. no date; Oct. 12, 21 & Nov. 6.

You are always so good as to ask me whether I need something. I really have everything I need, but in case we are still here by Xmas, a self filler fountain pen would come in very handy. Also a pocket book, such as father gave me last year. If I t need anything else by Xmas, will let you know. Some of the fellows get cakes once in a while which I share, and would be awfully glad to receive a chocolate or some other kind of cake, in order to pay them back. However, I don’t want you to go to too much trouble, as I know you are very busy. The cake, if you can send one, must be packed well, of course.

It is too bad that father has to worry so much about business now. Let’s hope the war will soon be over.

I read in your letter that there are girls in Uniform in New York. What are they doing?

You also ask me whether I receive any letters from anyone in NY—I do get letters from Cranz, Elizabeth, and one from Edythe Morris. You see, I don’t write very many letters myself, so hardly can expect to receive many.

With love to all, and hoping to hear from you soon again,


By the way, the company bought a piano, so you see we are enjoying ourselves quite well.

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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 11, WWP18902, Otto Kappelmann Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.