My grandfather, Glenn Ethan Hollopeter married my grandmother, Mary Dowson Leask on February 26, 1918.
The following is the first entry from my grandfather’s Journal:
Mary and I returned from Tracy, Minnesota, at 3 A.M. (Brother Ben lived there.) We went to Mary’s folks, and to bed.
In the morning, I went out to the farm to get my trunk, and finish straightening things up there. I saw Oliver and asked him if I could hire Harvey for the morning. He told me go ahead. So I had Harvey go down to the station, get my trunk, and fetch it out to the farm. I had taken it out to Mother’s to put my fur coat and other things in it.
Harvey brought it out, and then brought it back to Waterloo.
With $11.00, I took the trunk and Harvey downtown where I bought three union suits (long-johns). Harvey brought the trunk to the house. Mary and I tried to get our things up in the attic straightened out a little. It was pretty hot working up there.
I had to report at Cedar Falls at 3 P.M. I caught the 1:20 car up. I was on time. I reported at City Hall. There were several of us. They took us over to have our pictures taken. Then after impressing upon us the necessity of being on hand at 2 P.M. on Friday, they let us go.
I returned to Waterloo to Mary, and we spent tonight again at her folk’s house. So, as of 3 P.M. today I am a soldier in the service of Uncle Sam. It seems pretty strange to me, too.
I do not feel so rebellious as I did at first, though.
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Such accounts written, not for publication, but just to organize and record an ordinary person’s thoughts, make history richer. Thank you for sharing this.