Dearest Girl of Mine: Letters home from Kenneth Boulton Thurstone, World War I Soldier, edited by Toniann Scime

Exciting news, at least for me: my book is now available!

This book was the last project I completed in my time at Amherst Museum, and it means a great deal to me. Transcribed from a truly priceless set of letters and photographs, Dearest Girl of Mine tells one soldier’s story, not just of life during wartime but also of the longing he felt for his soon-to-be wife, Harriet Jackson. You can’t help but fall a little in love with Ken and Harriet yourself, reading the letters. Creating this book was a labor of love and a fascinating endeavor for me, and aside from that, I have to tell you, it’s a great read. 🙂

Dearest Girl of Mine: Letters home from Kenneth Boulton Thurstone, World War I Soldier
Edited by Toniann Scime

278 pages; copyright 2010.

Kenneth Boulton Thurstone served with the 315th Ammunition Train of the 90th Division of the U.S. Army in World War I. A native of Buffalo who later resided in Amherst, NY, Ken wrote wonderfully detailed letters home from overseas. His descriptions of the life of a young soldier, of a young man in the early part of the twentieth century, are an invaluable resource for historians and researchers. Within these pages, however, there is also a love story, as most of Ken’s missives are written to his fiancée Harriet Jackson. His lovely words of devotion, his charming turns of phrase, and the longing to be reunited with his “dearest girl” gives every line a special and romantic poetry.

The letters were donated to Amherst Museum in 1974, at the time of Kenneth’s death, by his son, Granger. Rediscovered over 25 years later within the collection and transcribed and annotated, the text of the letters is accompanied by photographs and images of artifacts from Ken’s donation, all currently held by the museum.

Dearest Girl of Mine is currently available for $15.95 at: (use code REMARKABLEYEAR305 for 20% any order)

and in limited quantities at the Amherst Museum Country Store.

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