The Skidmore News made sure each of the town’s soldiers received a copy of the weekly paper. The soldiers read the paper for news from home, and they often kept up with their fellow servicemen in its pages, too. The December 13, 1917 edition included this letter from soldier Harvey Hall:
Camp Doniphan, Dec. 3, 1917
The Skidmore News,
Dear Editor and Friends, I have been receiving your paper regularly since we have been in Oklahoma and I certainly enjoy reading it; also the letters of the other boys from Skidmore.
My company was at the rifle range last week and in the trenches the week before. I haven’t drilled but two hours since we left Tarkio. As some of the readers know I was operated on for appendicitis the night our regiment left St. Joseph and had just gotten able to drill when I got my ankle broken in a foot ball game. So I am still in quarters but hope to be out next week.
We have a fine camp here “since the sand storms have left us.”
We have Y. M.C.A. canteens and hospital for every regiment. In fact we have everything a fellow wants with the exception of girls, they are rather scarce, but there’s any number of boxes filled with good things to eat that comes in every day so I guess we’re not forgotten by the Missouri girls.
Well as the boys have come in, we’ll have mess soon, so will close.
Thanking you very much for the news, I remain “one of the boys,”
Corp. Harvey Hall, Co. A. 139 Inf., Camp Doniphan, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
P.S. The boys just said that we get furloughs Xmas. 60 men at a time until we have all been home.