6:15 PM. Nov 11th 1918
My Dearest Son:-
I went down early this morning thinking I might have a line from you saying how you were. I was anxious for I did not know but you might be feeling bad on account of getting three jabs at once. I was so happy to get your letter this afternoon and to see by your letter that you are better. Oh! my son when that whistle blew eight at four o clock this morning I just cried with joy I could not help it. I am so happy I do not mind if it is quite a while before my boys come home. I can wait as I know they will not have to fight. This is what I have been praying for. And I guess all the mothers of the country has been doing the same. No one can relize[sic] what this great victory means more than a mother. And of course the boys knows what it means.
This morning I got up at twenty minutes past four. I could not lay in that bed, did not go out thou because it was very cold. I thought I better be careful not take cold. About quarter of eight I went down to the P. Office. When I got to the shop there was a big parade of the girls and men. They had any old thing to make a noise keeping time by drumming on their dinner pales old pans kittles boxes. The Armeniens, Italins and Syrians made a good showing this afternoon. This morning when I was coming back home Mrs, Burnham called me. The people was then coming up Dutcher St. She asked me if I did not want to go and parade so we marched up Dennett St down Northrup and stopped at the hose house a while while they filled the fire trucks with children. Then they marched down by the main office and up again to Dutcher and then to Milford. I knew if I marched to Milford I would be all in and Mrs B did not want to go so we dropped out. This afternoon they had a auto parade. Mrs Bacon and I rode in one of the fire trucks. Hopedale lined up with fire trucks in front and joyned[sic] the Milford parade at the corner of Dutcher and Adin. There were thousands of Milford people in the parade. I saw Doris marching. They continued their march up Dutcher St and around by the pond to the park and over the bridge to Hopedale St and down by the P.O. and up Adin St. Hopedale paraders left them at the corner of Adin and Main St.
It was after the parade I went down and got your letter. Say son I am sure you are happy over the outcome. I have been wondering all day how the boys are celebrating over there. They are going to have a huge bonfire on the island tonight. Governer McCall proclaimed Thursday as Victory Day and all places are to close. The shop did not keep here today. As I am writing thus now I hear drums. The Kaiser and his gan[g] had to swallow a bitter pill. A pesky rat has got into the house he is now running up the wall now as I write. I do hope dear that you got the other box today as I know you will enjoy it. I am so glad I sent you that two dollars in yesterdays letter. I am so sorry that you do not get very good food. If you get that box all right I will send you some more and also a few applea.
It surely is to bad that you have to work so hard especially shoveling coal. I won't write any more as I want to mail this tonght. Mailed you some papers this morning. I marked in the Globe about Main[e]. Heaps of love to by big soldier son.
from your loving
The whistles are blowing I only wish you were here to help celebrate.
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