February 7, 1919

Engers on the Rhine
Germany Feb 7 1919

Dear Father:—

Your letter of Jan 13 was received yesterday. Glad to hear you are all well and escaped the Flu. There was quite a bit of Flu here but I think the damp weather made it worse but now it has turned cold and dry there has not been more than a couple of inches of snow here altogether. The way it looks now I don’t think I will be home before summer or fall. I sure would like to get back to working at a more profitable and better paying occupation than Army life, although considering everything we get, good enough pay, but it would take a long time [page 2] save up much of a stake.

I thought some of [unreadable….looks like “filing on land”] after I get out, but expect if we could buy a good place like you spoke of it would be better as the returns would come quicker with a bunch of stock to start with. What I have saw of Germany so far is a very fine country. I suppose you received the post card views I sent you. There are lots of souvenirs for sale over here but havent bought any yet as I don’t want to be loaded down with junk until I get started home. Iron Crosses are selling at from 15 to 20 markes each. (about 2 or 3 dollars in our money) Well I dont know of any more to write this leaves Joe and I both well at present. your son

Robert. E. Schalles

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