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Admin/Biog History Harvey Stich was the son of Charles Stich. He was born in Nekimi on February 15, 1918. The family moved to Oshkosh when he was young. He worked in the press room of Diamond Match Company. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in March 1917 and was sent to Camp Douglas in July 1917. Company F became Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division and left for France in October 1917. He served in every action and was in the Army of Occupation in Luxumbourg. He died there December 27, 1918 of pneumonia. He was burried in France, but was disinterred and returned to Oshkosh in September 1920. He is burried in Doty Street Lutheran Cemetery.
Classification Archives
Collection Harvey Stich
Dates of Accumulation 1917-1920
Abstract Letter from Harvey Stich, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division, to his sister-in-law.

Some where in France
Aug. 21-1918
Dear sister in law.
I have received all of your letters for some time ago. And it was just in that time when we were on our move from one front to another. So now I can write you a letter to let you know that I'm still living and in the best of health. But the rest of the boys you may know by the time you get this letter. Hilda, we was on one front we could see Germans fall by a hundred the machinegun just cut them down. Hilda, it is awful to talk about this war, And Bill Bahr has been wounded and he is back in the company again. Hilda, what do you think about that I got a letter from Carl too. You have wrote me a letter about that insurance. I think it would be better you write to him and find out about that, I think if I write it take the letter to long to get to the Government. Hilda, tell Alfred that Roy Nimmer would like to hear from him. He always asks me if I got a letter from Alfred. Hilda, tell him to write to him once and he always likes to hear from Foster. But I have heard that Foster was close up-because the old man got killed in the service. Hilda, ask father how many months of allotments he got of mine. So father has said that Carly wrote home for some more money and he spent his all month pay and he don't send one cent home. Hilda I knew that all the time that money was nothing to him, but he'll find out when we both get home again. I'll have money [at] home and he won't have any. Hilda, I'll tell you one thing. I have broken my clasp on the watch when we were in that big battle, and we just moved in a town where I can get my watch fix. Well Hilda, I think you know where I was a year from today. I got a letter from ____, he said that he was still home yet but he quit the job and he said he was waiting for the army. ___ said if he would knew that it was going to be that way he would been fighting on my side too. Yes, but who knew that. I didn't even know that. Well, hope we both meet together here in France. Hilda, I must tell you that the weather here is just fine. And everything is getting ripe already. Alfred said Phyllis has got 4 teeth already. Well, I think she'll have them all by the time you read this letter. Alfred was telling me that they was going to call the married men out too, but I don't think they will come over here in France. Alfred asked me if I have seen Herb Heaft already. Tell him that I haven't seen him yet. And Otto Bahr wrote to Bill, he said that he was coming over here in France too already. And he has got a good job he is driving truck for the men here in France. Hilda and the picture of Phyllis and I would say she looks cute on the picture. Well some days when I get a good chance to take my picture I'll send you some. But I think you may not know me because I got fat. Hilda as long us soldiers get enough to eat.
So now I must close this letter, and close with love and good luck to you all and a happy home.
I remain as always
Harvey
Answer soon
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG58.2.10
Object Name Letter
People Stich, Harvey
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Soldiers
Casualties
Trench warfare
Title Letter
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