Standing under naked beams in the attic’s dim light, we discovered a large box labelled in my mother’s neat printing: “Lil and Fred’s Letters and Diaries.” I ripped off the packing tape and folded back four cardboard flaps. A misty spray of dust and the odor of old paper wafted up....
Happy Valentine's Day to all. History.com writes that 85% of Valentine's Cards are sent by women! That makes this sweet little card even more unusual-because it was sent from a man, my grandfather, Josef, just one month after his arrival in America [...]
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 [...]
Just one week after Fred’s May 10, 1942, letter to his mother, detailing the trauma of his dismissal from the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant in La Porte, Indiana,(see War & Bigotry & following three posts) he was back in Chicago. Perhaps his raw [...]
North Ave. Beach 8/27/1941 Fred (my dad) sent this amusing “scientific analysis” of two “aquatic species,” probably based on a photo (he says “illustration” but I think that’s part of the joke) that was enclosed with the letter. [...]
Der Prozess, The Trial by Franz Kafka The last two posts have detailed the anti-German bigotry my father faced in his work at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant in La Porte, Indiana, where he had begun work on March [...]
Munitions are processed at Kingsbury Ordnance Plant during World War II. Photocourtesy of LaPorte County Historical Society Museum In last week’s post, “War and Bigotry” I shared a letter from Fred Gartz (my dad) to his mother detailing [...]
La Porte, IN Courthousepostcard Fred sent to his family In the post, Explosive News, we heard that my dad, Fred, a chemist, quit his job with Lanteen to make almost double the salary as a blasting powder blender [...]