My grandmother placed two lights with green beaded shades flanking Ebner’s high school graduation picture, as my father mentioned in his 2/21-23 letter. Here my grandmother tells her son how she keeps “in touch” with him through this little “shrine” she had erected.

I’ve edited out confusing parts. Original at end.



Dear Ebner,

20 minute before I talk with you, so I go and say what I forgot we did. We was in church today. So many askt about you. [Fred] and Papa made the collection today in church. 

Will Gartz, Dad's older brother, serving in the Civil Air Patrol. Photo taken 1943-44 Harlem Airport

Will at Harlem Airport

Will is flying at Harlem Airport. Father went to his Work. Today is cold. As soon as I finish the letter, I send it airmail and American Express money order so you have it as soon as possible. The lights are burning steady by your picture in the living room after the sun is sinking until I go to bed. Then I say “Good night, Ebner.”

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Dear Ebner my Son,

At 5 or 5:30 in the morning the 2 green light by your photo from Ebert [photo studio] go on with a “Goot morning and God bless you today, Ebner.” Then I go to work as allways. I forgot not one evening or Morning [to greet his photo] since you left us. So you see, you be with us steady. I pray hard for you that all will be with you well. Now I hope you can read this letter. Try hard to please leave me know if you have understood.

On 23 Feb. 1943 I was working as clerk at the poll [for voting]. I made goot so Father teases me [that I am a] Politichen). I like it well. We had to buy a washing machine. It is so much troubel with the Laundry. I got a Maytag and it is swell. You call again (next Sunday). Will tells you the time in his letter when we are all together.

So please don’t forget to pray to God, morning and Night. God be allways with you. As allways, Your loving Pops and praying for you.

Lots of love,
Mother with 1,000 kisses. God bless you.

Original Letter

Ebner LTRs 1943-02-28 from Mom 2-2
Ebner LTRs 1943-02-28 from Mom-1 (1)