February 8, 1919

Engers am Rhien
Feb 8 1919

Dear Sister and All

Your letter of Oct 8th just recieved today, while I was away at the Hospital I didnt get any mail so this letter was following me all over France. It is quite cold here now but doesnot snow much. I had a letter from Papa[?] he said he was about to buy a ranch in the Animas Valley above Durango. I will sure be glad to get back on a farm again.

You say the button I sent Papa was an English button. Well the one I put in the envelope was a German button that I got off a German Aviator’s coat it was kind of blue in color with a crown on it and was the kind that are used on German uniforms. English buttons are made of brass and shine. Some one must of substituted and another button and swiped the one I put in. This leaves Joe[cousin] and I both well.

With love to all—Your brother

Robert E. Schalles, Pvt. M.D.
1st Amb Co. 2nd Div.
American E F.

Note: My grandfather’s sister must have been mistaken because the German button my grandfather describes is the one my mother had and that he later told my mother was that button. See button on the Artifacts page.

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