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Beany October 7th, 1941

Camp Wolters

Camp Wolters

“Dear Jerry,

Cliff and Mom both wrote long letters and sent a bunch of pictures of their trip.

We got paid last week so a few of us went over to Dallas and seen the State Fair. We stayed about two hours in the Midway and then got some dates and went to a dance. Their fair isn’t as big as Minnesota’s but they had some good attractions. Ice Capades (just was in St. Paul) Earl Carroll’s Vanities and Orrin Tucker’s Orchestra with Bonnie Baker. These were all too expensive for us to see. Had a good date!

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Beany September 30th, 1941

Battle Practice and the Firing Range at Camp Wolters

Battle Practice and the Firing Range at Camp Wolters

From the Camp Wolters information booklet that was published by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a service for the troops:

Camp Wolters, named for the late Brigadier Jacob F. Wolters, is one of the nation’s largest Infantry Replacement Centers.

Men of Camp Wolters are Infantry soldiers, members of the largest single branch of the Army. During your training here, you will become familiar with many weapons, the rifle, machine gun, mortar, bayonet, hand grenade and others.

Your stay at Wolters is short. The training offered you here is like life insurance- the more you take away with you the better off you will be.

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Beany September 12th, 1941

Camp Wolters Main Gate

Camp Wolters Main Gate

“Dear Jerry,

I hope I can find enough news to fill this letter. That fried chicken sure sounded good.

Damn- I just went broke in another crap game. I’m going to lay off now because I’ll be in here too long to spend my money the way I have been. I think I’ve gone thru over 100 dollars since I was drafted and I’m beginning to realize I’m foolish because I can’t win any back and my pay is too small. I suppose I’ve been too used to getting my weekly salary and haven’t gotten used to not having it. Enough for that!

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Beany September 8th, 1941

Hotel Mayfair, Dallas, Texas

Hotel Mayfair, Dallas, Texas

“Dear Jerry,

I was just thinking about you being in Appleton about ready to leave for St. Paul. I hope you see the folks again when they come thru Mpls. Don’t get lonesome when they leave- you and I will write real often to each other. I just finished writing to Dolores and the Folks.

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