IMMIGRATING TO THE United States in 1910 with his parents and brothers, Harry Weisbord was born in Zavadovka, Ukraine. While his mother and father and two brothers settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harry and his older brother Pevy came to Sheridan and opened the Fair & Square clothing store on Main Street. After Harry went off to war, Pevy was joined in the business by younger brothers Abe and Joe.
At the age of twenty-two, Harry Weisbord was inducted into the army in April 1918. He first served with the 146th Infantry, but was later transferred to the 361st Infantry. While in France, he fought at the battles of Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne - the latter being where he was killed by enemy fire in October 1918.
Written to his brother on September 15, 1918, the following letter from Private Weisbord wasn't published in The Sheridan Daily Enterprise until November 6, 1918 - over a week after he had been killed, but at least a week before townsfolk were alerted to his death.
My Dear Brother Perry: I am well and hope you are the same. I am now in a different place. It is pretty far from the line, but I can hear the cannon. The Americans are doing big fighting and gaining towns every day. We are using the latest methods and are giving them big surprises. They don’t know where to run, and if we will keep up till Christmas, we will sure see Berlin. I mean we will march in with Old Glory.
We are in reserve now, and we will not go to the fight for a very long time because they have about ten divisions ahead of our company. So do not worry about me. I am seeing airplanes just like birds flying in the air, and they are all Americans. So if a German plane comes, he has a very small chance to go back. We are not working as hard any more as we used to. We are resting most of the time, so that when the time comes to fight, we will have lots of jazz.
I guess I do not have to tell you about the war, because you have plenty of newspapers in Sheridan. I am feeling fine all around. But what worries me is the store and our parents in Philadelphia. I wish the war would come to an end, and I might be with you again. I am getting all your letters, so keep on writing all you can, because some times some get lost and then I want the next one. Also write me about your trip back east and if you bought plenty of fall goods and how do you get along with the store?
Say, Perry, do not forget to write me about that young lady from the B. & R., and how everybody is at home. Every day is just like a year to me. I am thinking much about Sheridan and of all the good times I have had there. But it can not be helped that I am so far away, and I am not the only one.
(From In the World War)
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