April A-Z: Initiation

The Nee-Wah girls.  They were an exclusive club.  I remember Babu writing that she thought they wouldn’t accept Ernie.  Then she wrote about her acceptance and never mentioned if Ernie was in or no.  In the picture shared with me in this post: April A-Z: Contact Ernie is not in the picture although Babu’s friends…

April A-Z: Holidays

I am currently transcribing the end of 1940 so why not focus on the good days?  Here’s to the November Holidays! The first to celebrate is “Peaches’” birthday: Thursday, November 21st, 1940 Gladys Kapinos, Freddy Fila, Jake and I went bowling.  Edmund joined us there.  Ed and Jake bowled against the 3 of us and…

April A-Z: Franklin D.

Wednesday, October 30th, 1940 The president of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Springfield today and we all saw him.  We were hanging out of our office windows as he went by and he looked up at us, smiled and waved.  It was a thrill and I waved and shouted with the rest.  Jake and…

April A-Z: Enlistment

Here we are, September, 1940, and, as we know, the rumbles of World War Two were grumbling on already – with out us.  A draft for able bodied men is about to take effect.  Some men will register for the draft and let fate decide.  Some, I’m sure, tried to evade.  It’s a logical thing…

April A-Z: Contact

It has finally happened and it has warmed my heart.  The world is not so large as I once thought.  I knew eventually someone would contact me through the blog about someone they knew or about a family member they heard about but never got to meet. Out there, even beyond the blogosphere, there is…

April A-Z: The Blow Up, September, 1940

I would bet some of you will be able to relate.  I currently have 19 posts in various forms of no where near publish-ready hanging out at the top of my screen.  What a great mine for posts when looking for gold during the April A-Z Challenge.  This is a post I began a while…

Andy Jablonski, Give It Up!

Monday, September 30th, 1940 After supper I took a bath and got dressed for choir.  We gave a party for Mary Cyron who is to be married soon and what a time we had!  Had fun with most all the boys but Andy Jablonski kept pretty close to me all evening calling me darling and…

September, 1940: Edmund, Fila, and Gladys

Last Saturday I wrote a post which started us all getting to know some of the “characters” I don’t talk, or know, as much about. September, 1940:  Nat and Stretch Two other names that often pop up are Edmund and Fila.  These two guys bang around with Jakey and seem to be almost everywhere Jake…

September, 1940: Nat and Stretch

It occurs to me that there are some characters in these pages I know better than others.  Zosh, Jake, and Ernie are the mainstays that I’ve read plenty about and heard plenty of stories about in “modern times.”  Well, Nat was also an important third to the Zosh and Emily, (that’s Babu!), show.  It’s a…

John Adamczyk and the Westfield “San”

Babu is a great record keeper and it throws me for such a loop sometimes when she does not input enough data.  For example, normally she puts the full date on the back of her pictures as well as everyone’s names.  I have been transcribing 1940 and gathering up all the images for that year. …

August, 1940: Part Two

Here is Part One: August, 1940: The Trip Here is something not to be missed while Babu is on vacation with Jakey in Amsterdam, NY and staying with Ann and Paul: Sunday, August 11th, 1940 We slept late and attended 12 o’clock mass at the Shrine of Auriesville.  After dinner we went swimming again but…

August, 1940: The Trip

This epic vacation Babu and Jakey take deserves first billing when it comes to telling you the stories from August, 1940.  It was a romantic vacation for two, and it was not initially meant to be that, exactly. Tuesday, July 30th, 1940 The heat wave is still holing us in it’s grip.  Cookie and I…