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Re: Info on the Mitchell and Lewis families in Athens Texas
Posted by: Pauline Mitchell Pierce (ID *****5066) Date: July 15, 2002 at 11:47:09
In Reply to: Info on the Mitchell and Lewis families in Athens Texas by WILLIAM MITCHELL of 761

I thought you might enjoy having a copy of this old letter published in the Athens Review. V. L. was Verda Lee Trammell, he was my g.uncle, son of Levi & Ollie (Floyd) Trammell.

As far as I know there is no connection of our Mitchell lines. Good luck in your research.
Pauline Mitchell Pierce

                             4 October 1917
                      ATHENS WEEKLEY REVIEW
                      A Letter from Henderson County Boys

       Detention Camp Paul Jones, Co.'s 21 and 23, 3rd Reg. 3rd Bat.
                                                 Great Lakes, ILL.
       We, V. L. Trammell and D. C. Mitchell, Companys 23 and 21, respectively, use this method of letting our friends of Athens and surrounding country hear a word from us.
       We reached the main Detention Camp on Monday, September 10th. The second day there we received our first vaccination and serum treatment for small pox and fever. With some of the boys it was severe, others it did not affect very much. After receiving our uniforms we were transferred to Camp Paul Jones, second detention camp, where we began our first training, which we liked very much.
       On Tuesday past we received our second derum treatment, which was dreaded more than the first, as the second, as a rule, makes some of the boys very sick. We will receive our third and last serum treatment this coming week and will be glad when it is over, for then we are ready for business.
       Each recruit stays in detention camp twenty-one days, which is plenty time should there be any germs in our systems for them to show up. All cases that do show up are detained until fully recovered. This is how they keep disease out of the navy.
       On October 1st. our time in detention expires. You can imagine the joy there will be, for then we will be transferred to the main training station, where we will be trained for duty on the seas.
       So far as we see now we like the navy life first rate; don't see why we did not join sooner than we did, for we believe it will be the greatest learning we have ever had the opportunity to grasp. To use a little slang, we believe we have the army boys "skinned a city block," although we hope the army boys are satisfied. We do hate to hear of the few boys that tried to be agriculturists to keep out of the draft. We can guess what color their backs are. This is everybody's war; we think that everbody that can should help to bring it to a successful end. We figure that this is like other jobs that come before us in civil life--
the dread is worse than the job.
       Our commander has informed us that the commandant has made arrangements for a liberty party for us to be held in Chicago at the expiration of our detention, which we will most certainly enjoy.
       We would certainly appreciate a letter from all our friends any time. A letter from Texas is the most appreciated thing that we get; we would like to get two or three each day.
       We are camped not over 200 yards from Louis Yantis. He is in the 3rd Regimental Band, and it is some band, too. We saw a Daily Review and read Smith Gauntt's letter to the boys at home. The band is now in Kansas City.
                                          V. L. TRAMMELL,
                                          Camp Paul Jones,
                                          Co 21, 3rd Regiment,
                                                 Great Lakes, ILL.
                                          D. C. Mitchell,
                                          Co 21, 3rd Regiment,
                                                 Great Lakes, ILL.
We are lucky to have a record of this letter. On the 6th of Dec. 1917 the government requested newspapers to refain from publishing soldiers' letters.

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