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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University: 270-745-6434;


Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3530. Letter, 8 April 1918, of Ruth Norcutt, Henderson, Kentucky, written to her brother Gilbert during his World War I military service. She reports on various family and friends, on a local parade to promote Liberty Bonds, and on hearing wounded soldiers recount their experiences at her church. She expresses hope that Gilbert may return home soon, but refers to talk of President Woodrow Wilson’s refusal to accept a negotiated peace. The letter includes a note from “Claude,” an employee of Ruth’s father’s plumbing company, reporting on the business and on the recent departure of local men for Camp Zachary Taylor. He also anticipates his entry into military service and expresses his eagerness to serve in France.


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