World War II Update from the Chicago Home Front

World War II Update from the Chicago Home Front
Fred and Lil, my parents, Easter, 1941.

My mother writes Ebner a newsy letter updating him on the World War II home front––everything from the progress of his father's knee condition to my parents' leisure time activities. She also comments on the funny photograph of Frank seen here. Lucky thing that the two older Gartz brothers have deferments and can help with their father's heavy work while he's laid up. They missed his phone call home. Even though they lived in the same building with my grandparents, they missed Ebner's phone call because getting through on the lines in 1944 wasn't always a sure thing.  Good insight into life during World War II at home with a fairly newly-wed couple (1 1/2 years married).

Ebner LTRs 1944-05-24 from Lil 1 Ebner LTRs 1944-05-24 from Lil 2-2

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    Linda Gartz

    I was born and raised on Chicago's West Side, where the Gartz family lived and worked for most of the 20th century. After my mom died in 1994, my brothers and I poked around the the attic of my parents' home and discovered a trove of letters, diaries, documents, and photos that had been saved for almost a century. Taken as a whole, they focus a lens on the history of our city and life in another era, as seen through the eyes of regular folks. Go to where you'll find my blog, Family Archaeologist (a clickable link is on the "About Letters of a World War II Airman" page). There you can explore this historical treasure trove that illuminates history and our shared humanity. I started my blog, "Letters of a World War II Airman," on the 70th anniversary of the date my uncle, Frank Ebner Gartz, was drafted into World War II military service. You can see that first post and the first three months of 1943 letters at my website, All future letters will be posted on this blog. I'm an author, archivist and television producer. Please visit my website,, to see my published articles and an overview of my television productions.

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