23 October 1918 Inquisitive Letter from Uncle Clarence




Many thanks to Coralee for providing me with artifacts throughout the years and especially for the stack of WWI-era letters that were delivered to me on 31 May 2019. They have provided countless hours of family history entertainment.

– Denise

Floyd’s uncle Clarence Arthur Phillips wrote to Floyd who was still in France. Clarence was disappointed that the letter he had recently received from Floyd didn’t have more information, so he came up with seventeen questions for Floyd to answer. Oh, wouldn’t it be great if we could see Floyd’s response? Unfortunately, if such a letter was written, it probably no longer exists.

Clarence Arthur Phillips letter to Floyd, 23 October 1918.

Clarence’s son, Robert, who was Floyd’s first cousin, was a Lieutenant and Clarence wanted Robert to get to see some “real fighting.” He shared that he had requested his son to get to France and then bring back “a German helmet and a Hun’s right ear.”

Clarence Arthur Phillips letter to Floyd, 23 October 1918.

Clarence shared news from home too. He reported that Guy had returned from Canada on Saturday, October 21st. He reported that Tom and Millie had went to Detroit to visit Frank, but came back earlier than they planned.

Clarence Arthur Phillips letter to Floyd, 23 October 1918.

Clarence included a dollar with his letter to his nephew supposing that one “can use our American money any place in the deal old world.”


Arthur was not Enjoying Canada

Who is Who?

Guy and Gertrude Phillips Family

Floyd was the middle of the five sons of Gertrude Lovin Boyce and Guy Allison Phillips.

Family Group Sheet, Gertrude Lovin Boyce and Guy Allison Phillips family.

Tom and Millie Phillips Family

Tom and Millie had seven sons. Guy was the oldest and Clarence, the letter writer, was the third.

Family Group Sheet, Amelia A. Brace and Albert Alvedo Phillips family.


“C. A. Phillips” [Clarence Arthur Phillips] (Chicago, Illinois) to “Floyd Phillips” [Floyd Boyce Phillips], letter, 23 October 1918; privately held by Denise Krueger, Rochester, MN, 2019.

The Phillips Family

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