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John Early Andrews Collection of Letters
Camp Merritt, N.J
Feb. 14, 1918
No doubt you will be greatly surprised to find me away down here. We left
MacArthur Texas about a week ago, and chilea and sad we were glad to get
out of there. Were you ever down at Waco or Camp MacArthur? No sunny
South for me.
Ed, I bet you were disappointed in me for not writing, but up till a
month ago I lost track of you. Jessica and your letter I more than
enjoyed. Will tell you why I had not written you.
As you know, Arleen & I have been quite friendly, the past couple years
in civilian life. Well we are still the same. She was down to Dauleno
when I was there. Just after Xmas she came down to Texas with Paul. Nuff
said. (No we were not married.) The craze did not bit us. She stayed with
Paul and Walter. Or did you know Doc Muller, for Paul was married and
stood up for them.
Ed, I am just stealing a little time & you know how hard that is for a
I am no longer with our Bat. Was transferred to the Med Detach by request
of Major Kenney. Dr. Walter Mueller and Dr. Geo. King from home are also
with the same outfit.
Ed I know this is a cool and chilly note, but have been bothered a dozen
times since I started.
Give my love to Jess and the bab. Will write you later.
121 F.A. Med Dep
Camp Merritt, N.J.
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Notes: Letter dated February 14,1918 from
James William Early of Green Bay, Wisconsin to his brother, Captain
Edward James Early, during World War I.
Degree: St. Norberts College in DePere, Wisconsin
Third Oldest Child and was a daily communicant all of his life. He looked
exactly like, and his disposition was exactly like, his brother, Edward
J. Early's. He married a wonderful woman and they had 5 or 6 girls and at
least one boy. His niece, Betty Jane Early, recalls that the war ended
before her Uncle Jim could go overseas. He entered his father's tire and
battery business after the war.
[Note: Arlene's sister married Dr. Mueller. Jim Early and Dr. Mueller had
summer beach houses right next to each other on Lake Michigan in Green
Bay. Betty Jane Early recalls staying and sleeping at her Uncle Jim's
beach house summers and seeing Uncle Jim and Dr. Mueller out in boats
fishing. Uncle Jim loved to fish. They would bring the fish to shore and
grill them right on the beach. She recalls that her Aunt Arlene had
asthma very badly.]
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