Saturday, December 30, 2017

July 21,1918

July 21 - 1918
                    My dear Brother
          I received your letter a few days ago - found us all still able to eat.  I was at church this fore-noon - saw Mary Easterday.  She said when they passed our house on over home, Willie was there today.  I haven't been there for a good while.  I wanted to go this week, but Coreta wants to go back to Mrs. Pierce's.  So I don't know when I can go. Our Sunday school had a picnic at Layon's Lake yesterday. We had a nice time.  Even Floyd was out a boat riding.  So was Coreta, Mary and Ennice.  
          Well, Johnny, if you was up around here now you could have lots of girls.  Most all of the young men are gone.  Carl Mitchel has to go on Monday - so does John Harper. Well I hope you don't have to go over the ocean. But if it has to be, trust in Jesus and all will be well. For he is the best friend we have.
          Mamma and Dada came over last week. Mamma stayed awhile.  She was here when I received your letter. Johnny, I sent to Sears Roebuck for me a coat in blue corduroy. I hope you will be here to see me wear it.  Doesn't it seem strange that you pass all examinations when you always had such poor health, but we should all be thankful that you have good health. 
          Children are well.  Floyd was proud of his card as well as the rest of us.  We haven't thrashed yet.  Don't know how soon we will. We want to go down home to Willie's folks next Sunday.  Huckleberries are ripe. Hattie said in her letter there was quite a few.  I heard Edyth received two letters from you in one day.  Lena, Ora and Clarence were here this afternoon.  They told me they had been writing to you too.  I am glad others write to you for I don't know any kind of news that would interest you.  Well I will close so
                    good-bye from your sister Rose to her soldier Bro. John.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

From Coreta - July 7, 1918

Centerburg, Ohio
July 7, 1918

Dear Uncle,

          I just go home from Sunday School and it is a little rainy - just enough to make it dreary. I got my new pen and it is a dandy.I went to the store to get some fountain pen ink for it, but they didn't have any so I have to write with an old pen. I don't care very much for Ora any more.  A week ago today him and Clyde throwed a live owl on me.  I like my place out at Pierce's.  Maybe I will stay there and go to school.  Friday night I was down at corners.  The preacher wanted me to co come to Bloomfield with him.  Today is Jim Huggins funeral.  Yes, Jake got hit with a bottle over the forhead and it was full too. It broke. I guess his head is pretty hard.
           That was some initial quite sweet. I would like to know where you heard them. I bet that is what you put in Edith's letter. Well I guess I will have to go to dinner now. Floyd and I are here alone.  The rest have gone to the funeral.  I have a new pair of shoes and Mrs. Pierce gave me a nice pair too. My this is some writing.I wish I could write with my fountain pen. It was certainly hot here the fourth of July, but is somewhat cool today.  Well I guess this is all.

                                                                       Coreta Geiger

                                     answer to to the last one with a looking glass
eyB eyB, raeD, redisnoC fleSruoY ehT gnilraD fO yM traeH

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


Bloomfield, O.
                    Dear Bro:-       
                                          Received your card this morning was glad to hear from you.  It doesn't seem possible that you are so far away.  Ray is down in Ga.  He didn't want to go so far South. He said it isn't what w want but what we get in this life. No Johnny, I am not any better but still eat like a pig.  Stella called up Mamma this morning said they sent Arthur H. back home.  Can't do anything for his eyes.  He has to buy his own glasses.  he ones he had he can't use them.  He has to send back his uniform but I suppose he will be willing to do that.  Mamma said her dada was feeling real poorly this morning.  Coreta is home now. We had a big washing for the preacher this wk.  Carrie Corwin-Mary Gardner run off to Kentucky and got married.  
                                      Mrs. Truex said Raymond wrote you a letter.  He has been wondering why you don't answer.  I don't know if you received my last letter or not. I wrote you one and mailed it on the 17th. Got your card the 18th.  Have you had any mailed to you fromKy.  Ennice mailed you a card same day we got yours.  Floyd has gone to bed.  You wouldn't know him he is so sunburnt.  Mary is well wondered if you got your chewing gum she sent you.  Did Mamma tell you that Rob Snow sold his farm?  Melvin Gigler bought it.  They don't know where they will go.  Sylvia said they haven't heard from Carl Snow for 2 mon. Don't know where he is.  Stumps haven't heard from Homer since Mar.  
                                     Did you beller and paw when you saw so many girls like you use to when you were up around here.  Saw your sister Mrs. Gray had quite a talk with her.  Said both girls had gone back to work. I suppose they have told you Madge Pearl is married.  Well I guess this is enough for I am tired and I know you are. So good night my soldier brother and Gof bless you and keep you safe.
                                    Write when you can XXX
Willie is working down in the garden.  I hadn't mentioned him.

Centerburg, Ohio
June 25,1918
Dear Uncle,
                           I received your card and was sure glad to hear from you.  Ennice was just a yelling at Olive to give hima pece of candy, but Ennice got "stung."  Mr. Vansickle told papa that Ennice was stuck to Olive when papa wanted him.  He was as in playhouse with her.  Willie Sears and Mrs.Cero were having a fight with their mouth tonight over a watch Mrs. Taylor found.  
                           Raymond, Jim Wilcox, George Barr -  and I don't know how many more - went with Raymond in his machine to Utica and all came home drunk.  Jake Wilcox has a bandage on his head yet. They threw bottles every way. I guess Raymond couldn't run his machine home. He just went past going to Centerburg.  I guess he was in his buggy. I was at Clarence's last week and went to Liberty twice.  Once with Shirmp girls and once with Clarence to take Uncle Willie home. We went to Mt. Vernon Friday. Aunt Luella got her teeth pulled. Saturday night we cam home about half past nine. Ora was here and stayed till eleven o'clock. I wrote a letter to Louis Monday. I guess you can't read this. Ennice and mamma have been talking and teasing me. I guess mamma and the rest of them are going to get me a fountain pen for my birthday. It costs $1.50 with a gold pen and a gold place for initials.Then I can write.
                           Ora showed me Opys picture last Sunday.  Edith and Dart sang "We're bound to get the Hauser a Wk ago at Hedding.  She or Edith talks about you nearly all the time.  She said she had two soldier boys to writ to now.
                            Well I guess that's all I don't know what BBSHG.
                                                               Good bye,


Friday, July 28, 2017


          Dear Brother, 
                         Received your dear letter was so glad to hear from you.  Was certainly a fine letter.  It's nice to hear you are feeling better.  I am still doctoring with Huggins. I have been better of that hemorrhage this last wk if it only lasts.Mamma has been with us since Tues morning until this after-noon Sun.  I will certainly miss her.  Said if she got real lonesome she would be back.   We certainly do miss you.  But such is life.  John Reed and family & Coreta came over today.  Mamma went back to Sparta with them.  Harley's horse is getting along allright.  It is still running some still quite a lump.  Harley said he would reduce it with iodine. The rest are all well as common. Willie is getting ready to do his chores so it will soon be milking time.

You got your share of duds didn't you.Anna brought Guy's last letter to read. He is still in England. Willie and I went to Sparta last evening. I saw Mr. Culver.  Said he got a card from you.  You surely do some writing.  We had strawberry shortcake for dinner.  No use to tell you what we have to eat when you have so much.  Johnny what do you think Myrtle GIlt brought me a $1.00 bill.  I was certainly surprised. Having big meetings in M.E. church at Sparta so they say.  Willie heard Irma Scott was going to clerk in Rushes Store. Sparta is full of whooping cough.  Ours haven't got it yet. How is Ray and Howard?  Tell Ray to to write to me.  Johnny did you get your stamps I sent you?  You didn't say though maybe they dropped out when you opened your letter. Did you know Chas. Catt was dead that man in Rob's place.  She is going to have a sale this week.

Well I don't know any news so I will close.  Hoping to hear from you soon or see you. How is that fussy-wussy?  HaHa.

                                     from Your sister Rose


          Dear Brother Johnny, 

Well how are you by this time? We are still all able to eat three meals a day yet but I am still on the grunt. Has our folks wrote you Jim Huggins is dead has a stroke out in their closet died right away. Funeral was over here at the church this after-noon at 1 oclock.  Took him to Chesterville to bury. I got to go along with Cora Hubble and family.  I sure did enjoy the ride. Last night Coreta kept the kids and Mr. Van Sickle took his family and Willie and I to Centerburg to a picture show last night. It was a good show. Don't you think I'm going some for a grunt. 

Dada and Mother spent the fourth with us but went home that night.  Dada seems anxious for the letters as Mamma.  Johnny I don't know how you stand the heat down there when it is so hot up here.  Mr. Van Sickle wanted me to ask what kind of music you march to.  Was it the brass band or just snare drum and fife? He wanted me to ask you.  I hope the war will be over before you have to go to France.  Men folks just got through cutting wheat yesterday. I guess we can get some huckle-berries after them.  Hattie said there was going to be some. Everything else is scarce. Johnny you certainly see some sights but they are nothing compared to Bloomfield. HaHa. Ora is out here in the yard now so is Coreta too.

Well Johnny do you still bawl like the gentleman-C when you see a girl now days? Oh, you kid don't seem like you are so far away.  Well I can't think of any more so I will close.
                                                                             Bye Bye
                                                                                    Dear Johnny.

                         Write when you can
                          With love from your sister Rose.

                                                                                 X X X X X   X X
                                                                                Floyd -M-C-Myself          

Monday, July 10, 2017

From Mary & Coreta. June 6, 1918

Centerburg, O.
June 6. 1918
Dear Uncle: -
       How are you by this time?  How is Ray & Howard?  I am just fine.  Mr. VanSickles colt soar is about all well. grandma and grandpa come over to our house the 4th and Aunt Florad & Uncle Clint& Myrtle and her two children..
       Do you have anything good to eat? Floyd went bare footed yesterday and he is crying because his feet hurts.  I will pick strawberries Friday.  John Reed and his family is coming to our house Sunday. Tell Ray to write to me if you please.  Doris Frost come over to play with me to-day.  Any more of your filling coming out of your teeth?  Why don't you get your picture and send it to us.
        Write soon.
                         Mary Geiger
                     Soldier John Butler

Fredricktown, Ohio
June 6, 1918
Hello John, 

          I received your letter today and was glad to hear from you.  I was down to Aunt Bell's today.  She said dhe got a letter from Ray yesterday. She wants me to help her a few days while there are some men boarding there  The men are going to build a bridge there by their house.   called up Alice Hood to talk to Grandma, but she and Grandpa were over to Mamma's.  Uncle Clint & Aunt Flora, Myrtle and two children were over there too.  All of Annie's and I are going over home on Sunday.  Last Sunday I stayed here they had company their names were Springers.  Mr. Springer was in the war with the Philippines.  They live now on Tom Hood's place.  Last Saturday night Annie said Kenneth Trease went past here with a gitl beside him. And a boy and a girl in behind.  Then Sunday Mildred said he went on past their house.  The girl was running Treases machine and Kenneth had his arms around the girl and there were two girls and boys in the back seat.  Have Treases wrote to you yet?  Grandma told Mamma and Mamma told me thatshe had got my grade card and I had passed to High School. A "F r e s h m a n" next year am I!   
        I guess Edith likes you pretty well doesn't she and I'll bet you like her. Mamma said someone was inquiring about me and I asked her who it was.  She said it was Ora Hall.  He asked Ennice,  I will take your advice and Mamma's and let Kenneth Conway be. I was over to Strumps on Sunday.  Helen went to work at some stylish people in Fredricktown.  I guess she gets $5 a wk. What are you doing?  Aunt Bell said Ray was washing some dishes. They got his letters Monday,
        I have been making a shortcake. I have also been parching.  That was a dandy little picture you sent me. I wish you would have your picture taken in your uniform and send it to me. I think you are having better things to eat than we are having at home.  Strawberries are .20 a qt.  Annie got a letter from Guy.  He was well. He said his (truck?) was so large you drive a ford in backend and have plenty of room to work around it. If you can read this writing you are going somewhere.  It is getting dark and I can't hardly see. I will have to close.
        Write soon.
             Good bye

B.B.U.C.Y.S.K.                                                                            S.W.A.L.X!
B.B.U.C.E.T.D.O.Y.H.                                                                 X X X X X
Make this out and send it.
P.S. Mr. Trucx was here today to buy rags..

Ray Dale Butler, veteran of WWI.  His father is Henry Butler, uncle to Rose.  His mother Sarah A. Hulse died in 1909. His step-mother is referred to in the letters as Aunt Bell

William Shephard with Rose Butler and
their son Floyd Shepherd
Anna Scarborough Reed.
She is a 1st Cousin to Rose Butler

Rella Alonzo Hatton married to Amy Estella Butler.
Stella is Rose's sister. 

Donald D. Hatton (Rella & Stella's son) with Mary Elizabeth Geiger and Coreta Mae Geiger (Rose Butler's daughters)

 I contacted Donald's son,  Don J Hatton who passed in 2016,  to share these photos.  In return, he sent me the letters I am sharing with you.  They were in an old box in his basement.