Soldier Letters (excerpt)

Received by Mr. and Mrs. Studebaker of Pleasant Hill street from Bugler Dewey Studebaker, Battery C, 60th A.R.T., C.A.C, A.E.F, France:

Dear Father and Mother:

I have received all of your mail and sorry because I have not wrote sooner, but I have not had the chance to get writing paper.

I am in the best of health and hope you are all the same. I am looking forward to the days that I will be sailing back to the dear old U.S.A. with the best of health and can enjoy a good diner set before me at home. I suppose you had began to think I have been killed, but I am feeling fine and looking as good as when I left. We are having lots of rain now over here. You will have to excuse this writing paper. One of our men met a lady in the Salvation Army and she said her names was Studebaker and was from Iowa. I did not get to see her.

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Writes Of Camp Life At Fort Washington

Dewey R. Studebaker of this city, who is now stationed at Fort Washington, Maryland, writes an interesting letter of life in camp as it is at Fort Washington. His letter follows:

Fort Washington, Maryland

Dear Folks at Home: I received your letter and was very glad to hear from you, as usual. I am ever thinking of the many friends and loved ones I left behind and as I write this letter I can see your cheerful faces in my memory as I have seen them in the past and I wonder if we shall all meet again in friendly accord. At your request, I will endeavor to tell you about a soldier’s daily routine of work in the army.

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Give Hallowe’en Party


Complimentary to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Gunkle of South Bend, the Misses June, Fern, and Mary Ayres, sisters of Mrs. Gunkle, entertained a company of friends last evening at their home in Miami avenue. The affair was a Hallowe’en party and the home was most attractively decorated with autumn leaves, pumpkin heads, cornshocks and Hallowe’en figures. Games, contests and dancing were enjoyed during the evening and an appropriate lunch was served at a late hour. Included in the company were Mary Sturkeon, May Grady, Charlotte Monohan, Maud Hinneman, Lillian Tanguy, Mrs. Roy Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Harry White, Mr. and Mrs. William Rehm, Carl Pensel, Tom Grady, Otto Hess, Dewey Studebaker, and Paul Dodds.

Source: Logansport Pharos-Tribune, October 31, 1916.

Untitled (Mary Ayres Studebaker)

Mary Ayres Studebaker, 22 years of age, wife of Dewey Studebaker, died this morning at 12:45 at her home in 411 Hanna street after a lingering illness. 

She is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ayres, five sisters, Mrs. Gale [sic] Gunkle, Mrs. June Dodds, and Fern, Elizabeth and Dorothy Ayres and two brothers, Leon and Robert.  No funeral arrangements have yet been made.

SourceLogansport Pharos-Tribune, December 31, 1918. 


Miss Mary Ayres, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Ayres, was quietly married Monday to Sergeant Studebaker of Washington, D.C., at the Ninth Street Christian parsonage. Rev. E. Richard Edwards performed the ceremony. Miss Ayres was formerly employed in the office of C.M. Burge, and is well known about Logansport.

Source: Logansport Pharos-Tribune, August 29, 1917.