Pearl Harbor was bombed seventy-six years ago today. My mom, Lillian Koroschetz, started a brand new diary on New Year's Eve, 1941 reflecting back on the previous year and the effects the barely three-week-old war was already having on the every-day lives of Americans.
An adorable Valentine for a gal to send! (Scroll down to see entire card) Lil was already madly in love with Fred, but he found it hard to express his emotions. (Sound familiar?) So what's a girl to do? Can't [...]
Fred and Lillian Gartz, Nov. 8, 1942, outside church Seventy years ago today, my Mom and Dad vowed to stick together in good times and bad, in sickness and in health. Those vows were tested across the decades, [...]
Missler Wallet with Josef’s Gärtz’s diary inside. Note: “Missler” was a ticket agent in Bremen, Germany, but for years people thought it was the name of this “ghostship.” Scroll down to the “Missler” link to learn more. This [...]
This is a repost of a love note from Nov. 18, 1910, sent from my grandfather to my grandmother. It was originally posted exactly 100 years after Josef wrote it. Funny thing about love. We know it when we [...]
World War I trench warfarephoto credit: www.anunews.net/blog Last week’s photos pictured Josef and Lisi Gartz, with their two young sons, Friedrich and Wilhelm happy and healthy in Chicago about early 1916 (see below) and again in the summer [...]
Fred Gartz, silhouette created at Riverview Amusement Park, summer 1942 The Summer of ’42 was one of bliss for Fred and Lil. They went to Chicago’s iconic amusement park, Riverview and had several profile silhouettes cut out. These [...]
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL ACROSS 70 YEARS. FROM LILLLIAN KOROSCHETZ TO FRED GARTZ – FEBRUARY 14, 1942 (Scroll down to see all sides.) See the 1911 Valentine my grandfather, Josef Gartz sent his sweetheart, Lisi, my grandmother, here: Be my [...]