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Title Letter, Owen N. Slides Off to Margaret Louisa Irvine Riggs, May 10, 1943
Date May 10, 1943
Scope & Content Private Owen N. Slides Off wrote this letter to Margaret Louisa Irvine Riggs on May 10, 1943, while he was stationed in North Africa during World War II. Slides Off was from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation where Mrs. Riggs served as a missionary and teacher at the Oahe Industrial School. Mrs. Riggs corresponded with all the Indian servicemen and women from the Cheyenne River reservation during World War II.


North Africa
May 10, 1943

Dear Mrs. Riggs:
As I received your letter and was very surprised that I got a letter from you. I'd never expected this letter until today. I have heard about you and your husband lot of times but never got a chance to go to Oahe to see you. But here's my hope that when I get back I'll come over to see you.
Well first I must say that I am very glad to hear that you are still living healthy even if you are sixty four yrs old. I wish you more luck that you may [have] many more years to come. Also I appreciate that you folks are doing a fine job for the boys in the Armed forces I mean that you pray for our safety, welfare and our coming home. That's what I always like to hear and I thanks you.
My father is one of the outstanding church member in our dist. before he died. He always loves church and like to work for it. And he wants me to do the same thing but I made a big mistake. But my wife and I made a promised that we will work for our God who has given us everything we wished for. We have now two childrens and married for five years. Living at north of Dupree on the Moreau River of Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Lot of our old church members have passed away and just what of us left are all young folks. I guess my mother is the only one that's left, she about your age she is the only one from the old member. If we the young ones could only cooperate, we will the best member and besides we already got a nice looking church build along side of Moreau River in the year of 1933. So all we need is if our church member only get to-gether we will have everything and won't need to worry over anything. At one time Rev Rudolf Hertz of Eagle butte S.D. sent me a pamphlet about Mr. Riggs history. How he went out with the indians for buffalo hunting in early days. I guess you're the peoples are the one that taught us in christian's way and now that the indian people are willing and very glad to work for God what they haven't known him before. If it wasn't for you people I won't know where I am today.
I must close here wishing you a good luck and much of happiness which God has given. May God bless you I'll be very glad to hear from you again.

Yours truly,
Pvt. Owen N. Slides Off 37020367
H.Q. Co 805 T. D. Bir.
A.P.O. #302 c/o postmaster
New York City

Collection Riggs, Margaret Louisa Irvine Papers
Catalog Number 50010.10.L001