Thursday, December 22, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday - Grandma Hibsch's Bible Verse Book

Don't you just love it when discoveries show up unexpectedly? For me this time it didn't happen in a library but in my own home.

A box of photos had been sitting in my home "genealogy space" for months.  The assortment included family and work-related pictures.  Somewhat organized by me a long while ago.  Recently I was going through the box again removing all Halloween pictures from my former office.  I had promised to send a co-worker all the pictures in which he appeared.

What fun going down memory lane reflecting on the very creative people that I worked with! Ok, enough of that I said to myself.  About a dozen pictures featured my friend Jim so into a padded envelope they went and were mailed.

As the sorting continued, I came across a small book that I didn't know I had.  The envelope in which I found it included photos and documents my father gave me several years ago.  Maybe he had the book all along and that's why I don't recall receiving it.  And why oh why did I not look inside the envelope upon receipt?

The book was  called "Bible Forget me nots". The cover is slightly padded in a silk-like fabric.  The condition seems quite good, no stains are evident.  Look at those dainty blue flowers.

Cover of "Bible Forget me nots"

Copyright 1898
The DeWolfe, Fiske and Company of Boston, Massachusetts published the book in 1898, the year before Ethel May Kendall Hibsch, my grandmother, was born.  Each of its 31 pages have short selections from the Bible.  The book was intended for children.  Only one edition was published.  Ten WorldCat member libraries have a copy, the nearest to me being The Huntington Library in San Marino, Los Ageles, California.

Inscription page
And here's the page of two treasures.  I almost missed the page that makes this book most valuable to me because they were stuck together.  Look at that - a handwritten note from Grandma Hibsch:

Dear Denise, This book
was given to me by my
Mother, your great-grand-
mother Kendall. Please keep
it always.
Grandma Hibsch

Can you see the top of the page?  Click the image for a better view.  In pencil, in the handwriting of my then 10 year old Grandma Hibsch was her inscription:

from Mamma
December 25, 1909

First Day of Bible Verses
Did 10 year old Ethel have a favorite Bible verse? Unfortunately, none of the 31 daily selections had a mark signaling any significance to her.

From her girlhood days my Grandma Hibsch valued everything with the family name on it.

Her foresight is my fortune.
Moral of the story - clean out your box of photos.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Military Monday: Order to Report for Induction 1943

Editor's Note: this is another in a series of posts about re-creating my father's WWII military history.
The 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor is December 7, 2016.  That tragic event inspired this post - I wondered what my father was doing the year it happened and until he was drafted.

1941 was a notable year for my father, Robert M. Hibsch.  He graduated from Covina High School[1] in June and turned 18 years old on December 7th. Within five days, he likely registered for the draft.

And Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.  Within days, Congress and President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan and Germany.  The United States had entered World War II.

Yep, quite a year.

Robert enrolled in the Chaffey College[2] Machine Shop program[3] after graduation.  I’m not sure where he worked in 1941 but in 1942 he worked for Thompson Products, Inc., in Bell[4].  He was a Machine Operator and operated a plane grinder, bench lathe, radiac saw, drill press and punch press.

During this time, he also looked after his grandmother, Ida May Brown Kendall, who was living at the family-built “shack” in Seal Beach, Orange, California.

Then on January 21, 1943 he received the proverbial letter from Uncle Sam.  It was titled “Order to Report for Induction”.  I’m fortunate to have his original letter which is shown below and transcribed.


Prepare in Duplicate

Local Board No. 193       91                                                              Jan. 21st. 1943
Los Angeles County        037,                 (Selective Service System seal)
Date stamped Jan 21, 1943  193
109 E. Main Street
Puente, California


The President of the United States,

To Robert Martin Hibsch
Order No. 11927-V

    Having submitted yourself to a local board composed of your neighbors for the purpose of determining your availability for training and service in the armed forces of the United States, you are hereby notified that you have now been selected for training and service in the land or naval forces.

    You will, therefore, report to the local board named above at 109 E. Main St, Puente, Calif. at 7:30 a.m. on the 1st day of February, 1943.

    This local board will furnish transportation to an induction station of the service for which you have been selected. You will there be examined, and, if excepted for training and service, you will then be inducted into the stated branch of the service.
    Persons reporting to the induction station in some instances may be rejected for physical or other reasons. It is well to keep this in mind in arranging your affairs, to prevent any undue hardship if you are rejected at the induction station. If you are employed, you should advise your employer of this notice and of the possibility that you may not be excepted at the induction station. Your employer can then be prepared to replace you if you are excepted, or to continue your employment if you are rejected.
    Willful failure to report promptly to this local board at the hour and on the day named in this notice is a violation of the Initial CAPS selective training and service act of 1940, as amended, and subjects the violator to fine and imprisonment.
    If you are so far removed from your own local board that reporting in compliance with this order will be a serious hardship and you desire to report to a local board in the area of which you are now located, go immediately to that local board and make written request for transfer of your delivery for induction, taking this order with you.

[Signed by] Member or clerk of the local board
[signature illegible]


DSS Form 150
   (Revised 7-13-42)

[1] Covina High School, Covina, Los Angeles, California

[2] Chaffey College is a community college in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, California

[3] Army of the United States, Separation Qualification Record, Civilian Education, WD AGO Form 100, 1 Jul 1945

[4] In 1941, Thompson Products, Inc. in Bell, Los Angeles, California produced and sold aircraft engine bolts and miscellaneous engine and fuselage parts. Source:  Case 10383, National Labor Relations Board V. Thompson Products, Inc., Brief For The National Labor Relations Board (1943-06-12), page 2