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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.
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Collection Harvey Stich
Dates of Accumulation 1917-1920
Abstract Letter from Harvey Stich, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division, to his cousins Gilbert and Clarence Krause in Oshkosh, WI.

June 15, 1918
Dear cousin
Received your letter for some time ago. So now I'm writing you a letter today and it is Sunday. Just to let you know that I'm in the best of health and so are the rest of the boys here and hope I find you the very same. You said you haven't heard from Carly since New Year well I didn't hear from him at all what about that I think he don't know me any more since I left home. So I have wrote him a letter two months ago and I didn't get an answer yet well I don't think I ever will get an answer. You have said you are working at Paine's Veneer Mill well how is it to work in the Veneer mill is it as hot as it is up to Morgan's. Well if it is too hot that is no place for you in the summer time, because I know what a Veneer mill is. I worked in one of them before Gilbert took it from me. Well I tell you for the money part is good but not for the health. Gilbert, I'm not telling you to quit the job, no I am telling you what a Veneer mill is to work in. You was telling me about the drafted men, and so many left Old Oshkosh. Well, as it goes so far here in France, they have got drafted men fighting in the trenches already, and they'll have lots of more before long. So I must stop writing for this time and write a few lines to Clarence, and close with best regard to you and hope I see you again and hope I hear from you again
From your cousin

Dear Cousin
Received yours the same time as Gilbert's and I was glad to hear from a boy like you. Clarence you said you have to stay in the house so you don't get your feet wet. Ha, Ha, Ha, and that is just the thing for a boy like you. Yes, Clarence when I was a boy like you I had to stay in the house too when it rains. So you was writing this letter to ask me to come to your Confirmation. Yes, Clarence I would like to go to your confirmation. You said I should ask for a furlough and come to your Confirmation. Clarence, it is too hard to get a furlough here, because it is to far from home. So I must close now and send you my best regards to you and all and hope to hear from you soon. Clarence I hope you have a good time on your Confirmation and hope God will stay with you for the rest of your life and hope to see you again
From your
Cousin Harvey
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG58.3.4
Object Name Letter
People Stich, Harvey
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Title Letter
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