In honor of Veterans Day I posted yesterday an essay about my uncle Frank Ebner Gartz, a World War II navigator. Today I'd like to post about a tribute to a family member who lost his life in World War I.
Seventy years ago today, my grandparents and newly married parents faced a foreboding task, one that was shared by just about everyone in America with a young man of draft age in the family.
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 [...]
Growing Family: Lisi and Josef Gartz with sons,Wilhelm, standing; Friedrich on dad’s knee.Late 1915 or early 1916. Last week I posted photos of my mother taken in 1918, showing the dual sides of her personality. On this page are [...]
Maria Ebner/Sonnleitner, seated, my grandmother’s sister and her family. Andreas far left, Maria Roth’s father. Travel Tuesday In our quest to find our family’s roots in Transylvania, my two brothers and I scored a number of heartening successes, [...]