- It's hot! I checked the newspaper and it was 86 degrees on May 5, 1918, which is hot with no fan or air conditioning. (1)
- Della Kilby was Nora Delle Kilby Dancy (1897-1993). In the 1920 census, she was a school teacher in Wilkes County, N.C. (2) Tom was born in 1892, Nora in 1900, so Delle was their contemporary.
- Greenville, S.C. was the location of Camp Sevier, which Tom and his brother John were sent to train before being shipped to Europe.
Hello! Miss McNiel -
I rec’d your nice letter today and like usually I am always glad to hear from you. I wonder what you are doing for yourself? I wonder if it’s very hot up there yet. It is so hot down here I am sleepy this morn. I can’t write so you can read it. "Listen" I am coming up
first of July to stay fifteen days. My Father got me a furlough and you know I am some Proud of that and you know I will get time to come down to see you lots. I can’t hardly wait until the time comes to come up. Say has Della Kilby come back home yet? She said their school would close first of May. Wish I could see her.
I was over town yesterday and got some little tricks and I met some good looking girls. We are going to be in Greenville first of June. and wish I knew where. I would like before I land. I hope they won’t call us any faster for I am going to come home one mo. after we get up there. John says he is going to France real soon. Well I will go in about three months I heard and we may go sooner. It’s hard to tell. We can't tell from now on where we will stay at for the orders changes so fast in the army. I hope to be out of this man’s army soon and carry you to Winston. I am with very best wishes your true friend
Excuse bad writing please. Mech W. T. Snider