Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Kappelmann, Otto Carl Wilhelm, 1888-1960




1917 December 9


Daniel Metraux


World War, 1914-1918




My dear Anna-Marie,

Many thanks for your long, nice letter of the 4th inst. Was very glad to hear from you so soon in reply to my last letter of last Saturday night.

Wrote father to-day and will ask you to read same as I wrote him about all my doings in the last week.

By the way, whenever you see Friessens, Laups, etc. please give them my regards and tell them that I would like to write to them but am so very busy that this is about impossible. Therefore, will leave it to you to tell them about things down here, if they’re interested.

Was glad to hear you enjoyed your visit in Bound Brook, however I do not share your opinion about their opinion about you. I have no doubt, that Elizabeth had a very good time in Lake George, especially as it must have been quite a change for her and I guess she doesn’t get that sort of life very often. I rather thought you would get along together OK, but even among friends there are sometimes differences, etc. I do hope, however, that she will come over to Brooklyn sometimes.

I certainly do not mind, in fact I appreciate it very much if you tell me about anything that might trouble you,—and I would be only too glad if I could help you out in anything. I am really very glad everytime I hear that you’ve been able to get away to some theatre or to some friend and I think the more you will be able to do this, the better it will be for you—I mean, the better you will feel. Of course, I understand how busy you are and how hard it is for you to get out-of-doors.

It certainly would be great if we could get some news from Karl Breda or the other relative’s. It certainly will be lucky if Karl gets through with it all OK—but the way things are going on, I can’t help feeling pessimistic about it. They are certainly very hard up against it. For myself, I cannot help feeling very optimistic, especially if my plans as mentioned in my letter to father, pan out OK. I wish I could write you more about my thoughts and feelings about the whole affair, but of course, this is impossible under the circumstances. However, will make up for it when I get back home and we can have many chats together.

In case my Florida plans do materialize, I will try to come up to Brooklyn before going down there—but I am sorry to say that it will be impossible for me to come up around Xmas, as much as I would like to. As I said before, it is very hard to get furloughs and furthermore, I had quite a long furlough around Xmas time last year.

A few people do come down here visiting and, believe me, I would be extremely glad if you or father could also do so, but it would really be a waste of money as I am so busy that I would not be able to spend much time with you down here. Therefore, I guess it’s best to await developments.

No doubt you are very busy now with Xmas shopping, etc. and I wish I could help you a little—I certainly would enjoy it! Rhoda will certainly be a happy little girl with her new china closet, etc. and Pauly with his train—you must write me all about it after Xmas. In regard to the train, of course an electric train is more interesting to an older boy, but I think Paul is not old enough and, just as you say, he would not be able to handle the electric outfit—Therefore a clock work train would be the better for the present. And I think he will enjoy it more, too.

I mentioned in a previous letter that I would like to have a pocket book if you could get one for me, a pocket book for change like the one father gave me last year. I think they call it an English pocketbook, but please do not get an expensive one as the wear on all things down here is pretty hard. Just as soon as I can get down to Spartanburg again, I will see whether I can get some more photos. Now must close.

With love you you, father & the kiddies,

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 December 9, WWP18905, Otto Kappelmann Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.