What a mess – things were glued haphazardly and in most cases, torn. I gave up on the article on the left since more of it was gone than was there but then I thought what would a Levy do? Well, of course, they’d have multiple copies of the same articles and I’d have my second chance!
Yep, that’s one of Sig Levy’s scrapbooks and there was the same article that was torn in Loraine’s scrapbook! One thing I’ve learned about my family – THEY SAVED EVERYTHING!
Here’s a close up of the article. And look at that – this one even has the date on it.
So now the firm was complete and all four brothers – Herbert, Leon, Sig and Ben – were involved in the business and each was a specialist in his respective department.
This is an interesting clipping about the Shriner’s Dance.
The article itself isn’t that interesting but the list of participants is. First on the list is F.W. Ast which to most probably means nothing. But my husband’s family name was Ast (changed to Austen in 1955) and there is F.W. Ast at an event with Ligmund (ha!) Levy. Was this one of “our” Ast family?
Looks like Sig passed his Air Pilot test!
And here is Special Orders No. 157 which ordered Sig into active service on July 6, 1918.
Special Orders, No. 157
Headquarters Western Department
San Francisco, Cal, July 6, 1918
The following named privates first class of the Aviation Section, Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps, are ordered into active service at such time as will permit them to comply with this order and will proceed to Berkeley, California, to arrive there July 20, 1918, and report to the commandant, School of Military Aeronautics, University of California, at that place for aviation training as candidates for commission:
And there on page 2 is my grandfather’s name and pertinent information: Sigmund Levy (875409), 1716 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, California
And after the names are listed is this:
The Quartermaster Corps will furnish the necessary transportation and pay such of these soldiers as may be entitled thereto commutation of rations as provided by paragraph 1228, Army Regulations, it being impracticable for them to carry rations of any kind. The journeys are necessary for the public service.
BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MORRISON: H.C. Benson, Colonel, United States Army, Department Adjutant.
Whew! And what I know from transcribing the letters between my grandparents during that time is that my grandmother, Loraine Gunzendorfer, was working in Oakland while living with her great uncle and his wife, Rachel Letter and Samuel Steen, hoping that Sig would end up in Berkeley so she could, hopefully, see him. Looks like her wish has come true!
And here it is again – two chances!
My grandmother saved some interesting things!