||Clarence S. Priebe was born in Oshkosh, WI on July 29, 1897, the son of Fred and Ida (Springborn) Priebe. He attended Dale School and graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1915. He worked for Medberry-Findeissen Company as a shipping clerk. He enlisted as a Wagoner in the Supply Company, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on May 1st, 1917. He was listed as single, brown eyes, darl hair, fair complexion and five feet 11 3/4 inches tall. His unit became the Supply Company, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division. He served in France and was hospitalized in October 1918 where he died of blood poisoning on November 19, 1918. He was originally buried in a cemetery in France, but his body was returned to America and he was buried in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery, Lot 8, W 1/2B, H41, in July 1921.
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||Letter from Wagoner Clarence S. Priebe, Supply Company, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, to his mother.
Oct 7, 1918
My dear mother
Well dear as I have a lot of spare time this A.M. I must at least write a short letter. This is the first chance I've had to write for a week now so I'm taking the first opportunity to do so. I first had a chance yesterday mother to have your other letter censored so maybe it will arrive with this one. Well mother dear everything is all fine and dandy over here. We've been having plenty of rainy weather of late, but now its beginning to get real cool nights, sure sign of an early winter. Believe me us fellows sure love our blankets nights and hate to get up in the morning. It's sure a healthy life though mother, and believe me the fresh air is certainly great.
What do you think of the fancy writing paper mother that I was lucky in purchasing? Some class all right. Everything we buy from the French people over here costs about four times as much as back in the states. They certainly hold us up believe me.
Well mother I haven't received any of your letters for about 2 weeks now [but] expect its over here and tied up. I expect it any day now and when I receive it dear I'll answer immediately.
I suppose mother the weather is getting pretty chilly back in the states to. Gee mother dear it will soon be winter now and I know how you dislike the cold weather. Here's hoping dear you have plenty of fuel on hand. We haven't our overcoats as yet but expect to be issued with some soon. But as yet we're real comfortable so we are not kicking. I'm wondering just how cold it gets over here, as it is the first winter over here. We had it cold enough down south last year so I hope we have it a little better over here. Believe me the time certainly seems to fly and here it is Oct. already.
I suppose everything is about the same as usual back home and Sis is at school again this semester. Tell Sis I'm expecting a letter from her soon. I wrote to Grace last evening and am waiting patiently for her letters too as she writes twice a week.
Believe me I certainly owe a lot of letters but really mother dear one can't always write. Tell Eunice I'll write whenever I get a good chance, as I owe her a letter. Kindly give them all (Jones') my best regards. I'm anxious for some more clippings from you mother with some city news. I've never received your papers you sent as yet dear, but once a while (very seldom) I receive a Northwestern from some other fellow. We always have magazines on hand (if any can be obtained) to read which helps quite a bit. That's one thing we all like to do is read. It's funny mother I never receive those magazines Mr. F____ sends. I've never written to him for a long time but must write him if I ever get caught up with mail. Well mother there isn't much news that I know of so I'll soon have to close. What do you think of the war news mother dear? Does it look encouraging to all you people back home? Here's hoping it does. Well mother, give dad and Sis my best regards and tell them all to cheer up a bit. I suppose dad has been taking the launch out of water by now as its getting pretty late. Suppose he's as busy as ever.
Well mother I must close for this time and I sincerely hope I receive your letters soon. I'll close now with heaps of love and Kisses to my little mother and remain
Your loving Son
H. L Stull
2nd Lt. 127 Inf.
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