Jul
2012

France, October 21, 1918

France
October 21, 1918

Miss Maude Canfield
Harvard, Idaho

Dear Maude,
Will drop you a few lines to let you know that things are going fine and dandy over here and this letter will find you well for this [time] leave me fine and dandy at the present time.

Well, Maude, I guess you are having a good time there now and it will soon be winter and there a feller can have some sport. It is getting to be like winter over here but it is not very cool yet but it sure is muddy around here but I hope that it will turn warm again and dry the road up.

I have not rec your last letter yet Maude but I sure am looking for it everyday so I thought I would drop you a few lines to pass the time away, but sure would like to be there to pass it away with you for it is pretty lonesome here. All a feller can see is soldiers but I guess we will be moving in to some town where there is some French people until it is time for us to get after the Huns again. Ha! Ha!

It is sure some war. I got a letter from my old chum and he is at camp lewis and I guess he will be over here soon and I will be sure glad to see him. Well, Maude, I guess I will ring off for this time and hoping to rec your letter soon and I will drop you a few more lines so good bye and good luck.

With love, from Bill
Yours as ever.
Pvt. A.W. Gunton
#2137633
#1 Platoon A. Co.
29th Battalion
Canadians
France

Write soon, Miss Canfield
From Bill Gunton

Believe it or not, I actually toned down the run-on sentences and repetition in this letter. Really.

Jul
2012

France, September 16, 1918 (“I am writing this letter on my hat”)

France
September 16, 1918

Miss Maude Canfield
Harvard, Idaho

Dear Maude,

I received your letter the other day and was sure glad to hear from you and to hear that you have been having a good time and all of you are well for this leave me fine and dandy at the present time.

Well, Maude, we have been running around here for the last two months and have been having a pretty interesting time and it is sure good sport. I will tell you all about it when I get to the States.

You say in your letter that your sister was working in the garden and you cannot drive a team. Well, Maude, when I get back in Harvard I will learn you how.

I am glad to hear that you are knitting for the Red Cross for they are sure doing good things over here for all of the soldiers. When you send the sweater to the Red Cross you want to put your name on it and I might be lucky enough to get it and I would sure like to get a sweater made by you, Maude.

I got a letter a week ago from my brother Harold and he say that he was going with your little sister. He sure must be some boy for that was the way with me when I was his age. I was having a new girl every day but I am out of luck now. Ha ha.

I am glad to hear that you had a good time when you was out camping this summer. I would sure like to been with you so I could have a good time for I have not found any girls here in France that could talk English and I cannot get onto their lingo myself. But I sure would like to talk French for there are lost of pretty girls over here and I bet a feller sure could have a good time.

Maude, are the boys that was in Harvard when you wrote me your last letter are going to enlist in the Canadian Army? Did they live in Harvard, Idaho when I was up to see my father? Well they sure will see a lot more over here in France & England than they will see in States & Canada but I like it a lot better over there than here.

Well I guess I will close for this time hoping that this letter will find you well. Be sure to write me soon, Maude, for I like to hear from you. I have received all your letters but one so that is not too bad for the way it has gone but I am sorr[y] that I did not get.

Yours as ever,
Bill Gunton

Pvt A. W. Gunton
Reg. #2137633 1. Platoon
A Company, 29th Battan
Canadians
France

PS: Excuse my bad writing for this time, Maude, for I am writing this letter on my hat. Ha Ha.

May
2012

France, June 1, 1918

France
June 1, 1918

Dear Miss Canfield,

Hello there —!

I thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know that I am still alive and getting along fine & dandy at the present time. I hope that this letter will find you well and having a good time in Harvard.

I got a letter from home a few days ago and my Dad says you wrote me a letter but I have not got it yet and I will sure be glad to hear from you again, Maude. I got the first letter you wrote me and I answered it in England where I was stationed at. Did you get it yet?

Well, Miss Canfield, this is sure some country over here. But I like it a whole lot better over there in the States for a feller can have a lot better time than he can here.

A feller sure has a time here trying to talk to these pretty little French girls but I guess when a feller has been over here for 4 or 5 years he would get to be a pretty good Frenchman.

Well there is not much to write about. I guess I have been pretty near around France now and that is why my mail is having a hard time to keep up with me. I got one letter in the last three months and I sure like to read a letter from somebody in the States so write soon and tell me all the news. I will close for this time hoping to hear from you soon, Miss Canfield.

I remain your friend,
Bill Gunton

PTE A. W. Gunton
Regt. No. 2137633
29th Battalion
France

Write soon
With love from a friend