Previous Next World War I Exhibit Page Home Search
Record 184/678
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Enlarge Image
Admin/Biog History 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.
Classification Archives
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1917
Abstract Letter from Wagoner Clarence S. Priebe, Supply Company, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, to his mother.

Tues. P.M.
Oct. 29, 1918

My dear Mother:
Well dear I was unable to write last Sunday as I wanted to so as today I have a bit of spare time I'm trying to make up for that occasion. Well dear I haven't any interesting news to write about or one of your latest letters but I'll write a short line at least. I haven't received a letter from you for most a week now but expect a letter any day now. I'll answer it as soon as it arrives dear.
Today is a warm day for a change, sun out and most of the mud dried up. The other day we were given a complete change of clothing so now we feel like new men. Believe me we sure had the cooties "we always say" we have plenty of friends when we mean cooties, so believe me we feel 100 % better without them. Also had new blankets to so believe me we ought to be clear of cooties for a few days at least.
Well mother as its getting cool now evenings I expect we'll soon have winter. That's something new for me to experience over here as last winter I spent in Waco and then at Camp Merritt. Believe me though I guess we get cold weather over here just the same. We expect to receive our new winter clothes soon so the cold and us fellows will agree more.
Well mother dear I expect by now you are all settled in our new Home. Believe me I'd like to see you all settled and content and bet it certainly is cozy to. Suppose Dad ___ hold down the old couch as usual evenings and still makes the same old Pipe and tobacco. Tell Dad we get our "Kids tobacco" issued most every day in which I mean "Bull Durham". I suppose though he still prefers his good old Peerless tobacco though. Say mother dear, I hope you received one at least of my last two letters and that you will send that package with the things I wanted. I'm certainly anxious for a good knife. Believe me, and if it hasn't a chain on I'll buy one for it over here. Say mother dear send a couple of Northwesterns say about 3 days apart and mother dear, enclose inside of each one a good 5 cent pencil if you can. That's one thing we cannot very well purchase over here mother dear is a good American Pencil with a eraser on. So mother if you'll kindly enclose a couple I'll be a thousand times obliged. Well mother dear everything is coming along fine and dandy over here. I'm getting plenty of mail believe me but don't find time to answer all the outsiders mail. But mother dear I'm writing as often as possible to both you and Grace and sincerely hope you are receiving all my letters. Grace writes twice a week and believe me they are certainly some fine letters. Now mother dear I hope you are receiving all my letters and are not worrying one single bit as everything is all O.K. Now mother give my best regards to Day & Sis & tell Sis I'll write to her in a few days if I find the time. I'll close now mother dear for this time and with heaps of love and Prunes I remain As Ever Your loving Son
Clarence Priebe
Supply Co. 127th Inf.
Am. E. F.
A.P.O. 734
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.31.7
Object Name Letter
People Priebe, Clarence Sidney
Subjects World War I
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Title Letter
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ~ For access to this image, contact

NOTICE: This material may be freely used by non-commercial entities for educational and/or research purposes as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation without the permission of The Oshkosh Public Museum. 2005 Oshkosh Public Museum, All Rights Reserved   
Last modified on: December 12, 2009