A. F. Rohr Writes from the Ocean, 1906

Travel news from the June 7, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

LETTER WRITTEN ON OCEAN.

One of a Series Received by G. W. Beverlin From Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Rohr While on the Way to Germany.

An Bord der “Amerika” May 15.

Another day is past and we are now already over half way to Germany.  The weather still continues to be fine and the water is not a big rough.

We just came up from supper.  Eating is, in fact, about all we do these days.  We eat about six times a day here on the ship and it seems we do nothing but eat, and the cooks and dish washers work from early morning until late at night.  At 7 in the morning we are awakened, and at 8 we get breakfast.  Then at 10 o’clock we eat a lunch of soup and sandwiches and at 12 o’clock our great big dinner is served.  Not content with this they feed us coffee and cake at 3 o’clock and at 6 we get our supper.  Then we have our concert from 9 to 10 at the end of which we get some more sandwiches and beer.  Now we go to bed and the next day it is the same thing over again.  I tell you if they keep this up all the time while we are in Germany and on our way home, when we see you after our return, we will be a holy sight; why, Tom Howden will not be a starter by the side of us.

We passed several ships during the last day or two, and also seen some large fish jumping out of the water.  They were about six feet long and right slick.  They call them hog fish.

We have by this time covered about 2100 miles and have about 900 miles more to go till we get to Plymouth, England, where this letter will be taken off.  We expect to get there some time Thursday night.  This is Tuesday and we expect to be in Germany next Saturday night.

Well, here is your today’s letter closed again and will say good bye until tomorrow.  We are both well and hearty and are enjoying our trip fine.

A. F. Rohr.

 

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