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[Joshua Calhoun Howell Remembrance Card]

Description: Remembrance card for Joshua Calhoun Howell of Hill County, Texas. It reads: "In Loving Remembrance of J. C. Howell, Died Jan. 5, 1901. Gone but not forgotten. 'Tis hard to break the tender cord,/When love has bound the heart./'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words:/"We must forever part."/Dearest loved one we must lay thee/In the peaceful grave's embrace,/But thy memory will be cherished/'Til we see thy heavenly face." Below the inscription is an illustration of the Bible.
Date: 1901
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter to an Editor of a Newspaper]

Description: Newspaper clipping containing several letters to the editor published in a Waco newspaper, starting with a poem from " Portfolio of a Deceased Confederate Soldier " and commentary providing insight on the soldier's life, family, property, and death. Other letters and articles discuss horse thieves that were shot, the Election Law that had recently been passed on the front, with text on the back describing recent events and anecdotes and bounties, with advertisements.
Date: August 1872
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Birthday Card to Johnie Louise Bruyere, December 24, 1945]

Description: A card addressed to Johnie Louise Bruyere on her birthday. It reads: "When someone has a friend like YOU/Steady, kind, staunch and true/A friend who can always understand/And gladly lends a helping hand./Then what a pleasure to express/Best wishes for your happiness/And what a pleasure to extend/Birthday greetings to you, my friend." It is signed "Miss Sallie." It has purple flowers on the front, as well as the words "Birthday Greetings to You."
Date: December 24, 1945
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, July 1, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on July 1, 1944, discussing a bottle of Italian beer he and his fellow soldiers were given, which he thinks is rotten but the rest of them seem to enjoy. From now on, he says, the soldiers will get one bottle a week. The army recently installed a drinking fountain in the town for the soldiers' use. The Italians, who Willis says have never seen one before, are intrigued by it, although they don't know how to use it.
Date: July 1, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, October 7, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on October 7, 1944, explaining that they didn't spend their Rest Camp resting because they were in Rome and went to see all the sights instead. He apologizes for not being able to take many pictures because it was cloudy, but promises to send the ones he bought instead and to send a longer letter later detailing his adventures.
Date: October 7, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from James M. Kendrick to Clara Willis, July 18, 1944]

Description: Letter from James M. Kendrick to Clara Willis on July 18, 1944, asking after her health. He suggests car rides as a means of convalescence, going on to say that he believes he's outgrown them and he hasn't been sick in a while. He goes on to describe the rain and the effect it's had on his tent and the ground where he's stationed. He asks after Clara's son Todd, imagining him in Rome sight-seeing. He tells his aunt to get his mother to settle down, and asks after the rest of the family.
Date: July 18, 1944
Creator: Kendrick, James M.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, October 16, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on October 16, 1944, detailing his trip to Rome. He mentions seeing sights such as the Pantheon of Agrippa, the tomb of the unknown soldier, the Colosseum, the Basilica of St. Paul's, the Catacombs, and St. Peter's. He mentions that he didn't get to see the Pope because he goes to St. Peter's in the morning and Willis visited in the afternoon. He goes on to ask after a friend who quit A&M to transfer to Baylor University, and mentions getting a stove in his tent and a shot to keep him well.
Date: October 16, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, March 10, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on March 10, 1944. He asks for more short bread, and tells his mother he will buy her a cameo from the market. The shops are required to lower their prices or the US army will make them off limits to their soldiers. Included in the envelope is a pass that gives permission for Todd Willis to be absent from his post from 1:00 to 4:30 to visit Casablanca.
Date: March 10, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis