I came across this letter today while working on a future WWI post and realized that this letter did have its place in the posts regarding WWI. Robert and Rosetta (who added a long postscript to Robert's letter) were also serving their country in their own way struggling to keep their farm going when all the young men who might have helped them were going off to war.
I realize that I have owed you a letter for a long time but I find but little time for aught else only to do the necessary work on the farm; had had only one days work since last fall. No help to be hired at any price.
12 young men from our town have enlisted within a few days, are gone and other are soon to follow. Charles Henry has enlisted as chemist and mineral expert ready to be called on at any time for government work. This is a terrible war and peace seems to be a long ways off. I do not expect to live to see the close of the war, for old people in
Mother and I are fast growing old, cannot expect to stay here much longer. How are you and do you feel that you are growing old faster than when younger? Henry’s widow Lilla is expecting to get a pension in a short time. Do you get more favorable news from your pension of late? Government works slow in all matters of late. Your birthday is near at hand and hope you will enjoy it and many more. Please write us often and I will try to answer. With much love,