(From Funk, Nebraska)
(To Camp Lewis, Washington)
My Dear Soldier Brother:
Will answer your most welcome letter which I received this Fri eve. Many thanks for the letter and pictures. I sure was glad to hear from you. I would not answered so soon but as I do not know how long you will stay on one place I will answer now so my letter will be sure to reach you.
We are having such nice weather here now. But a couple of weeks ago we had quite a snow storm.
In Funk school, churches and all places for public gathering have been closed for three weeks on account of the flue*. It was opened Fri at 12 oclock. So today we had meeting at church.
Last Thurs in Funk they said the war was ended and the church bells rang almost an hour. The next morning we found out it was only a false report.
So you think you are going across to help them get the Kaiser. Sure wish I would have a chance to see you before you go. But it does not seem to be any so I'll have to be satisfied any way.
I must close and if you have to go across I wish you a safe journey over there and home again.
*From Wikipedia: "The 1918 flu pandemic, commonly referred to as the Spanish flu, was a category 5 influenza pandemic between 1918 and 1920 caused by an unusually severe and deadly Influenza A virus of subtype H1N1. By far the most destructive pandemic in history, it killed some 50 million to 100 million people worldwide in just 18 months, dwarfing the bloodshed due to World War I (1914-1918). Many of its victims were healthy young adults, in contrast to most influenza outbreaks which predominantly affect juvenile, elderly, or otherwise weakened patients."