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World War I On The Transylvania Home Front

Picturing The Past  


Last updated 10/14/2019 at 3:41pm

Nora Ross with friends and family. The man to her right is unidentified, and Rufus Barton is to her left. The photo also includes two of Nora's sisters and her brothers, Ed and Boyd (front right)

Handwritten letters were the leading means of communication for hundreds of years. Correspondence of well-known historical figures have long been used for research. However, letters of everyday people are typically undervalued.

On Oct. 13, 1918, Nora Ross of the Selica community wrote to her "true friend till death," Lester Wilson, who was serving in the U.S. Army in France. In her letter, she states, "Several more of the boys have got their war papers. Joe Lance, Rufus Barton, Frank Turner and Odd Bryson. A lot of people here think the war will soon end and I hope and trust it will." She s...

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