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Admin/Biog History Otto B. Sells was the son of William and Carrie Prine Sells. He was a member of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard during the Mexican Border War and Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division during World War I. He was killed by an artillery shell near the town of Fisme, France on August 4, 1918.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Letter from Otto Bernanrd Sells, Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division to his parents in Oshkosh, WI.

France 1918
March 9

Dear Folks & rest.
Just a short __ sweet note to let you know I'm in the finest of health. Hoping it will find mother out of the hospital & the rest the same. This sure is some country. I think it is a prettier place then the U.S.A. It sure is fine weather they have got their gardens all planted & up. We are a long way from the Rain0bow division. I think we will find them. So far we get through with our trip. I done a lot of washing & took a good bath so though I would take a trip to the YMCA & write a few letters. Will be some more washing to-morrow. I'm going to have my hair clipped short so can imagine how I look. After to-morrow we will get passes to go to town so will like a trip. It costs two cents by St. car & six cents be a ferryboat. Quite a change for us, using this money. I will write often but cannot tell when you will get them. It is summer where we are all the year around. I hope you will read your "______" all right. There is a big _here for both niggers & whites. We received a paper here called N. York herald. I see where our boys done a little damage. Say hello to all & best regards. All houses built down here are out of stone & ____. They are plaster-paris & all kinds of designs made out of it. Their trains are the size of our St. cars divided off in from four to five sections a seat on each side. Five on a side. No closets for them a engine the size of our switch or smaller. We pay a frank for a glass of wine & eleven cents for beer. I am not going to drink any of it at all. There is a fellow singing. In ____ a home sure sounds good. Now ma if you can get around this summer go to a lot of excursions & get out & enjoy yourself. Don't worry about me for I will look out for No. one first. I will close with Love. Your Son, Corp. O.B.S.
O.K. Lt. Leo E. Oakey
127___. N.G.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.18.1
Object Name Letter
People Sells, Otto Bernard
Subjects World War I
Soldiers
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Casualties
Title Letter
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