(From Richvale, California)
(To Camp Lewis, Washington)
My Dear Brother Chas.
I will answer your letter which was received the day I left for the mountains, we -- Chas Fish(?), Lucina(?), Rick, and myself just came home a few minutes ago, it seems rather hot here for it sure was cool in Coutolenc, nearly all the people are leaving Coutolenc Today and Tomorrow so it sure will be a lonesome place.
Dad is still up to the Springs, don't know when he intends to come home.
The boys desided to go to Chico last night so I will try and finish your letter now.
I have such a terrible cold I can hardly talk. I caught it the first night in Coutolenc.
I sure would like to see you in your uniform, hurry and have your picture taken, I am still waiting for a picture to put in my locket, How's the watch?
Today is Lucina's birthday, so I suppose I ought to get over and see her a while.
Madaline came home the next Monday after you left, Mr. Stephens went to Hayward the same day as you left and made them come home with him, but I haven't saw Madaline since I came home from Coutolenc. Albin and Rick went after peaches today, wish you were here to eat peaches and cream for supper. ha, ha
Chas Fish(?) bought a camera and took a picture of the Ford as it was packed to leave Coutolenc and us four kids were beside the Ford and we tried to get the star-flag on the picture too, and if the pictures are any good I will try and get you one. We got a beautiful Star flag for the front door it is larger than the one you got, and has fringes and has a picture on it which means something about the artillery (I don't know what).
Oh, yes! The watermelons are ripe now, shall I throw you one? and they are very good.
Tomorrow Chas F(?) and maybe Roy are going to help the boys pull watergrass, Oscar went to Chico today and is going to get some little boys to help him, hope they are good looking ha, ha,
I suppose I ought to end this letter for you will have more than one to read - by the rate you said you were writing.
Hope you are feeling fine, take good care of yourself.
With Love, from all,
Be sure you write soon for would be glad to here from you every day.
Oscar's brother Victor, the one who was supposed to come to Richvale left for training camp the 26th July in Iowa.
haven't seen anybody since I came home but shall tell all Hello from you.