Wordless Wednesday - A letter home from WWI France  

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Tombstone Tuesday - James Privoznik  

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My cousin James Privoznik's grave in Luxembourg Cemetery

Tombstone Tuesday - Urban  

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The grave of Frank and Bernice (Kaminsky) Urban at St. Casimir's Cemetery.

I am immersed in research on the Flying Tigers for my book. It consumes many of my waking thoughts and at least half of my dreaming thoughts each day and night. I remember when my Uncle Rich gave me a copy of the news article talking about Bob Brouk, the Flying Tiger and telling me how famous he was. Then a few years later Rich went to the Berwyn Library to look at microfilm of 1942 Berwyn Life newspapers for more articles. This started to put a story behind the man.

Now more than 10 years later, and my uncle having passed away a few years ago, I wonder if he's looking down on me and marveling at all the information that has been gathered in the last few years, including the fact that Bob's widow found me and has provided so much wonderful insight into the man I never knew. I wonder if he and Bob, in heaven, are discussing Bob's days as a Tiger and their differing experiences in the Air Force at least two decades apart. And I wonder if he and Bob will "guide" me in directions to find more information to finish his book.

As I continue to research I think of the two of them often and hope the book would make them proud and truly honor Bob's life.

Today I visited the Hawthorne Works Museum located in Building A of the Morton College Campus in Cicero. The purpose of my visit was to discover new information for my book on Robert Brouk. I found a few tidbits of interest.

This museum focuses on the history of Western Electrics Hawthorne Works factory, their products, research, and community efforts.

If you are interested in their history, please check their website http://www.morton.edu/museum/index.html as they are digitizing many of their photographs and documents.

Writing a book  

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I should really keep up with my Blog but I have been very focused on writing a book about my cousin Robert Brouk. Robert was a Flying Tiger in 1941-1942 in China. He returned to Cicero, IL a hero, married and was killed in a flight training accident only three weeks after his wedding.

I would say the book is almost half written. The largest part so far is his war diary. Very interesting to read. Now I'm collecting photographs and more news articles about his homecoming and death. I received his Army Air Force Accident Report last week. I need to decide how to add this to the end of his book. There are photos in the report that should be added too. Such a tragic death. He was only 25 years old.

So the research and writing continues and I hope to have a draft done by end of summer. Until then I will do my best to update the blog with new research information on the rest of the family.

More Lost Children  

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If you aren't using FamilySearch.org you really should check it out. They add new records daily and tonight I searched again through the Chicago Birth and Death Indexes and found more death certificates for children of my families. These children had no names yet - just a ?? LastName in my database.

So this evening I welcome Helen Holik and Erna Kokaska into the family. Two children not to be forgotten.

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