WWII bomb sight maker buys Cullom & Ghertner

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment
Norden bomb sight

Norden bomb sight

The Norden bomb sight was a tachometric device (which incorporated an analog/mechanical computer and linkage to the airplane’s autopilot) that was used by United States forces to help the crew drop bombs accurately on selected targets from high altitudes in ‘precision’ bombing raids.. It was first used in World War II by the US Army Air Corps and the US Navy. Victor Adding Machine Co. manufactured these during WWII.

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Shackin’ up, Em & Pappy style

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment
Lynton Scharff


Lynton “Pappy” Scharff lived in a Houston, Texas boarding house of Rena and Anne DeGroot (from Holland) at the time of the 1920 US Census. On 27 Oct. 1920, he married Jessie Grace Block. Eduard Lynton Scharff was born in 1923 and the family continued to reside in Houston. Pappy owned a building in downtown Houston but he lost it in the Great Depression.
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Lenny hoofed it to meet Jean

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Frances Jean Bloom

Jean Bloom abt 1939

Leonard Ghertner abt 1939

Leonard 1939

Frances Jean Bloom, whose home was Little Rock, Arkansas,  attended school at Nashville’s Ward-Belmont College, a very prestigious ‘finishing school’ for girls, mostly from Middle Tennessee. It’s likely Leonard Cooper Ghertner was still living at his family’s home at 1702 Ashwood Avenue (after my birth, our family continued to live at that Ashwood Avenue address until I started first grade in the 1950s).

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Who put the ‘h’ in Ghertner?

January 11, 2012 3 comments

It’s a safe bet this wasn’t done at Ellis Island (Simon Ghertner may not have been there).

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January 10, 2012 Leave a comment
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Nashville blizzard 1951

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

In 1951, my family lived at 1702 Ashwood Avenue in Nashville, Tenenssee, which was the house where my father and his brothers were raised (Simon and Dora Ghertner had lived there since at least 1920). When the storm struck..

Given (first) names

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Eduard Lynton & Lynton Scharff

Eduard Lynton & Lynton Scharff

In Jewish families, it was customary to name children after their ancestors and we have continued that tradition. In our family tree we have deceased Solomon’s (4), Eduard’s (2), Avraham’s (2), Emile’s (3), Emma’s (2), Samuel’s (2), John’s (2), Lynton’s (2), Frank  Rickey’s (2) and more. For more see this Blog page.

Among Ashkenazim–that is, Jews of Central and Eastern European origin–the custom is to name the child after someone, usually a family member, >who has recently died. In most cases this is a grandparent or great-grandparent.