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Free Beer for Backus

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 7, 2018

One of the perks of being a soldier is sometimes being given free stuff as a token of gratitude. In this entry, Backus says he was given 3oz of free liquor at a bar because his friend knew the bartender. Bottoms up David!


Sunday July-7-1918
[...orter] called me up. Went over to Hotel Bretagne (sic) - Found Fletcher Graves and a friend of his - We all had breakfast. I went on and meet Jim Graham and got 3oz free he served me.[...]

Citation: David Backus Papers. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. 123.D.10.6F