Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield

ABOUT ME: Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield - I was born on January 21, 1890 to Reuben Edson and Adaline Miles Wakefield (Frost) in Hardwick, Vermont. I was the sixth of seven children. At the age of four, I was sent to live with my maternal aunt, Ida May and her husband Willis Parker. I joined the Vermont National Guard.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Letter to Aunt Ida - January 18, 1918 and from Robert Frost

Y.M.C.A. Building, Fort Slocum


Fort Slocum
Jan. 18, 1918

Dear Aunt Ida:
Just a few lines to let you know that I rec’d your pkge and the bath robe O.K. and surely was glad of the food it tasted good. I havent’ slept in my robe yet but it will keep me warm I know and it’s just what I need.

Bob [Robert Frost?] is here and I am sending this with his letter [see his letter below] I saw him last night where I wrote you but had the letter sealed so didn’t let you know. He has been busy all day getting his uniform and haven’t seen him until tonight. I wrote to Rena [?] Fay [?] this afternoon and am going to write Homer[?] tomorrow.

I expect to go in the kitchen tomorrow for 24 hours but I don’t mind as I have been there before and it isn’t bad.

Sunday I expect to have the day off and I am going over to Ida May.

Hoping this finds you O.K. I remain With Love to All

I had my name put in the canteen if I get that I will have a pretty good job and extra money.

Jan 18, 1918
Pte. Robert M. Frost
Medical Dept.
Bar. 51
Fort Slocum, N.Y.

Dear Ida:

I suppose Irvine [Ervin] told you that he met me here. I had looked about for him for a long time before I finally found him in this, the Y.M.C.A. building. I got the third degree yesterday, final examination, it was an experience not soon to be forgotten. This is certainly a busy place with so many men coming and going every day. I received my uniform today, with shoes, stockings, underwear etc.. and post my valise with my civilian clothes back to Andy. Irvine says he is getting so that he likes this place better and he says that he may get a permanent job here. I hope I am not here very long myself, would like to be at camp for training and to find out just what my duties are to be. There is a piano in this Y.M.C.A. building, someone is playing just now and the boys are singing “Over There”.

Well, Irvine has just tapped me on the sholder, am so glad to see him. Now I shall visit with him for a while.

Give my regards to Will and accept same for yourself.
Truly yours,

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