6 BROTHERS Documentary

A Story of Hope, Loss, and Perseverance on the Northern Plains


Dear son Christian
I am sending you a few words in reply to your dear let/er we received yesterday. I was going to write yesterday, but didn’t feel like it. Pastor (?name?) ,(?name?) Monsen, (?name?)Kellog and Inga came with a telegram that said Henry has moved from this valley of complaints on April 19th. So he became the first one to meet Selmer at home with God. Had a hope that he was soon going to be on furlough because it had been over 24 months since last time. And 4 years 1 month and 1 day since he told us that morning he was going. Well I have to go. I don’t know what this terrible war is for. I received you letter today, the one that was written on April 15th and then Henry had written his letter that we received last Friday. And he had a little time off so he was sitting outside in the heat again which ended it all. We will see if we can get you home before the memorial service. Will check to see if Red Cross can help us out. I hope I will be well enough to go to Watford. Raymond is home, he does not feel like going to school this week. Yes, we have to be ready for our last hour as no one knows when it will come. God bless you and keep you. Live well in the name of Jesus. Regards from 1st Peter, verse 1. Love from mom

This was a bit challenging to translate as the page was full of writing and a little bit unclear. I could not figure out the names of the people delivering the telegram and I was a bit uncertain about the furlough time for Henry and what she meant about the time. But I translate it as best as I could.