|It reads "Heartfelt Good Wishes for your Name Day|
Dated November 18, 1910, Josef Gärtz
sent this postcard to his sweetheart, Lisi Ebner
to arrive on her Names Day, Nov. 19th, 1910
to his sweetheart, Lisi Ebner. (See: Can Love Last 100 Years?) If you've followed along, you've learned a lot about their long distance courtship as the letters they wrote from fall of 1910-summer of 1911 persuaded them they must be together, and my grandmother made that fateful trip across the ocean.
|Josef Gärtz, summer, 1910|
|Elisabetha/Lisi Ebner, June, 1910|
I don't always get around to visiting as many blogs as I'd like, but I do try to drop by every couple weeks just to see what others are doing and to let them know I appreciate their work. Thanks to all for your wonderful writing and touching stories.
Because I promised myself to post at least once a week, the blog has been my inspiration to look more closely at and really think about the meaning of all these letters and documents my family so carefully preserved over the past century. As E.M. Forster said, "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" This blog required me to put into words the inchoate thoughts rumbling around in my brain about my family's past. It has enriched my understanding both of my roots and actually introduced me to family members as they were in their youth. Old, careful souls were transformed into the young, rash, passionate people that existed decades before I was born.
Thank you to my family for being such pack rats, for not only saving these treasures, but labeling and carefully preserving just about everything so that my brothers and I can know you as you were -- and can share your story with others.