Letter January 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents




Letter January 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents




General Pershing's visit to Ft. Douglas


WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Fort Douglas, Utah


Eichel, David


DG 131: Eichel Family Records


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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Letter from David Eichel, U.S.D.B., Fort Douglas, Utah

[January 20, 1920]

Dear folks:

I have to write this in record time, I'm so busy. We are going to give a play this Saturday night, and it keeps me busy every minute of the day. A part was forced upon me, at the last moment, so that my task of committing my lines to memory is not an easy one. I shall tell you more about it in my next letter, or better still Julius will tell you about it when he reaches home.

We had a most distinguished visitor here Friday, Jan. 16, in the person of Gen. Pershing. People on the outside have been going miles to see him, but in this instance, he came to see us. He walked thru the gate, followed by a retinue of officers, including Col. Byram and Col. Graham, one or two generals, and the chairman and secretary of the Utah American Legion. The last two were in civies [sic]. His Generalship displayed an astounding lack of politeness by indulging in some very derogatory remarks about us. He said something to the effect that the average American has nothing but contempt for us. But then he was apparently thinking of the average American as symbolizing the attitude of the American Legion, whose particular guest he was at this moment. From this stand-point he is absolutely correct,

for we are hardly high in favor with the A.L. But then the A.L. seems to be very much in disfavor in some very American centers. For example we understand that over 1/2 million overseas-men have found it necessary to organize into a rival body in order to combat the type of Americanism the Legion stands for.

But this is hardly important. We were thankful for the visit, even tho we had no occasion to tell him so. We have so few visitors here that anybody is absolutely welcome, and he being such a distinguished American figure was especially so.

Mrs. Allen, who presented each one of us with a box of candy on Christmas, has aided us considerably in our theatrical business. She sent us a wardrobe of ladies apparel etc. that is estimated at $200.00.

I am sorry I cannot write more at detail. I will do so the next time.

I am well. So is Julius. He is getting ready for his big ride. Ten more days, and a "flop" as we say here.

Our fondest regards to all.

P.S. Please thank Anna Fruchtman for her letter.


Eichel, David, “Letter January 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 26, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/78.

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