MRS. J. TILLE'S - WWI Letter


Mrs. J. Tille Hears of Her Father's Family

Mrs. Julius Tille, 928 North Calhoun street received a message Friday from her father, Ferdinand Stube, in Westphalia, Prussia, from whom she had received no word in two years. The message came through the International Red Cross, as in fact all messages from Germany must come, perhaps for a long time yet.

The message was as follows:

Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 1918
"Mrs. Julius Tille, Decatur, Ill.: We have received the following message for you from the International Red Cross in Geneva, dated Oct. 23, 1918. All are well and happy. Love from all. 'Ferdinand Stube.' W.R. Castle, Jr., Director."

At the bottom of the message was printed the information that any answer to the above message must be made through the local chapter of the Red Cross. The message was not received in Decatur until Friday, Dec. 20. Mrs. Tille at once sent the following answer through the Red Cross.

"Received your message. Wife, myself and children are all well and happy. J. Tille."

All messages between Germany and America must pass through the Red Cross until peace is finally declared. It is safe to say that as soon as mail can be sent in the usual way there will be thousands of letters sent to Germany every day for a long time by people here who want to learn if their relatives on the other side of the water are alive. The message shows how far reaching the Red Cross is, being the only organization that reaches Germany.

This letter appeared in The Decatur Review, 22 Dec 1918


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