SPANISH INFLUENZA 1918 Great Lakes Naval Nov 29 Letter FLU SPREADING Trenton MO For Sale
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SPANISH INFLUENZA 1918 Great Lakes Naval Nov 29 Letter FLU SPREADING Trenton MO:
Welcome! Up for sale is a 99 year old letter written by 28 year old Trenton, MO sailor, Carroll B. Miller (1890-1924). He's going through "boot camp" and in Aviation Gunner school at the 15th Regiment "Aviation" Camp inside the Great Lakes Naval Training Station outside of Chicago, Ill.
The letter is dated November 29th, 1918, the day after Thanksgiving, and has four single pages of 8x10" bond stationary in very good condition. The envelope is in good condition and It is addressed to his wife Lyndall Davidson Miller (1891-1980) who gave birth in August to their first child Virginia Lynn (V.L. in the letters). At the time of these letters he is in Company E, 15th Regiment (Aviation).
Although it has died down a lot on the base and in Chicago, the Spanish Influenza cases have been increasing in his home town of Trenton, Missouri.
He writes on page 2 that "I am sorry to hear of the spread of the "Flu" at home and I do hope that the Drs wil be able to stamp it out."
He continues with; "It's a shame that Allie Mae and both children have the "Flu" and I hope they all get over it nicely".
He also mentions further down the page that the camp commander, Captain W. A. Moffett is very ill with a fever of 104 but he's not sure what the source of the illness is.
All mentions of the Spanish Influenza (S.I.) have been underlined using software to more easily find it. None of it of course is physically on the letter itself.
FYI: I've added a graphic to the gallery that shows a couple official statistics published in the Annual Report by the Secretary of the Navy. It shows the number of deaths each week at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station between September, 1918 and December, 1918 and the death rate. I've converted the death rate to a percentage for easier use.
As always there's lots of other news and information in his letters.
They're written in an easily readable script and in pen. Let me know if you have any questions.
More letters containing his writing about the Influenza epidemic at the base, in Chicago, or at home in Trenton, Missouri will be posted soon. In separate sales there are or will be letters from him concerning the wreck of a passenger excursion ship that wrecked while he was aboard and what happened. A group that that describe the camp, the construction, his classes and his ability to get out of work details, the birth of their daughter, a great description of the Labor Day celebration and the all-day and night party when Germany surrendered will also be posted. A very good collection will be by Paypal and is required within 24-48 hours after the end of an sale or at time of purchase for a Buy It Now. For sales with no payment within 3-4 days, it will be reported.
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Be patient. Items can getslowed down in various places along the way and what might "normally" take 1-2 weeks can sometimes take 4-6 weeks, especially if it goes through the Chicago Customs office. Sometimes 4-6 weeks is normal. Tracking isnot always available and in some cases Registered Mail will be required. International shippingcosts have risen a lotover the last few years so I do try and pack "light" but safe. Contact me if youwant to confirm the shipping costs. Sometimes it canbe lowered a bit.
If communicating in English is a problem, Google Translate can help and I can read Spanish, Italian anda littleFrench but that's about it. Feel free tocommunicate in your native tongue though andI'll useGoogle Translate to (hopefully) figure it out.
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