Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Otto CW Kappelmann to Anna-Marie Bubendey


Kappelmann, Otto Carl Wilhelm, 1888-1960




1918 March 25


Daniel Metraux


World War, 1914-1918




Camp Wadsworth, So. C.

My dear Anna-Marie,

Having written to father about two days ago and as, no doubt, you read my letters to father, I really have nothing new to write about. However, I want to thank you most sincerely for the two boxes of fine candy you sent me and which arrived this afternoon. It is awfully kind of you to think of me in this way and I certainly appreciate it very much.

I was terribly sorry to receive such bad news lately from father. You poor girl certainly had a very hard time of it and now, I hear, you are suffering with malaria again. I do hope, however, that you are now quite well again and that poor little Rhoda has entirely recovered. It certainly is a shame that she had to suffer so much. Pauly also had his troubles, father writes, but fortunately is well again. I suppose he will have a week’s Easter vacation, which, no doubt, will give him a chance to recover completely. I wish you all could enjoy as good health as I am enjoying! Father seems to be feeling all right?

I received a package containing tobacco, cigarettes, etc. from the Comforts Kit Committee of the Schermerhorn street church to-day. It also contained a photograph of the church, showing a large service flag with 33 stars. It certainly is very nice of the church to think of the boys in this way and I immediately wrote them a letter of thanks containing also a few remarks about the life down here. Another package arrived at the same time from father containing a box of cigars. It is awfully good of him to keep me so well supplied with cigars. Please tell father that I shall write soon again, also that I received his letter of the 21st inst. advising me of the receipt of the February Government Allotment.

About a week ago I received a very nice letter from Uncle Gus in reply to the one I sent him. In a letter which I recently received from Elisabeth I find that Mr. Franke is quite well again but seems to be worrying a great deal. The rest of the family seems to be quite well.

Things on the other side are now certainly extremely lively! I am terribly anxious to hear how this German drive has turned out. It is dreadful that so many thousands of lives had to be sacrificed again! However, there is at least one consolation, it will no doubt hasten the end. And let’s hope that the end will come soon!I

t hardly seems possible that in five days I will be celebrating (?) my recall into the Federal service and it will then be just ½ year since we arrived in South Carolina. Time certainly flies!

Well, for to-day, I will say good-bye. Hoping that you all will be are quite well again and with lots of love to you, father and the children,

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,” 1918 March 25, WWP18913, Otto Kappelmann Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.