Publisher Tells of Early Years ...
"Publisher Tells of Early Years ..." Northwest Blade, 5 November 2003, 1.
"Bud" Bieber of the Chicago area says he kind of likes the
attention he's gotten, following the publishing of his book, "And
So It Goes" a reminiscence of his life and his ancestral emigrants,
Heinrich and Katherina Bieber.
"And So It Goes" takes one through five phases of his
life, entitled "The 20s," "The 30s," "The
40s," "The 50s," and "The Year 2000." Gottlieb,
born in 1919, was the youngest son of German emigrants. They had
emigrated to South Russia and from there to America settling a farm
14 miles southwest of Eureka. He attended the Sutley Country School
through the eighth grade, then as a freshman attended the Eureka
Lutheran Academy until its closing the following year. He attended
his sophomore year at Java High School and finally graduated from
Aberdeen Central in 1936, when his father moved to Aberdeen upon
the death of his mother.
He taught school prior to World War II, enlisted and was sent to
basic training at Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill. He wanted to be an aviation
fighter pilot, but was assigned to an aviation mechanic position.
Gottlieb stated, "The City of Chicago had set up a serviceman's
center. It was a home away from home to many lonely servicemen.
Volunteers would come in and feed and entertain the troops. Some
of the most fun we had were during songfests. Volunteers were the
backbone of the war effort. Without those volunteers and individuals
who stood behind the troops, like `Rose the Riveter' I don't think
we would have won the war." It was at Navy Pier 19 that he
met his future bride, LaVerne Kroggel. She was a secretary at an
insurance agency in Chicago. It took two years before he would return
to Chicago and they would be married.
Gottlieb trained to ride "shotgun" to fighter pilots
as a rear seat gunner in a two seater Douglas dive bomber when at
Ariel Gunnery School in Jacksonville, Fla. He learned how to shoot
and dismantle 30 caliber, 50 caliber and 80 millimeter machine guns.
In 1945 Gottlieb and LaVerne were married and they settled in Chicago.
Bud had a 35-year career as a layout operator for Western Electric.
When retirement came and his wife passed away, Bud began other
ventures, i.e. genealogical research.
A Forward to the book is written by his nephew, former Eurekan
Ronald Bieber, who lives in the Dallas, Texas area.
After learning how to use the computer four years ago, Bud's first
literary effort, "And So It Goes," was published. The
book is available through the publisher at Germans from Russia Collection,
"And So It Goes," NDSU Libraries, P.O. Box 5599, Fargo,
N.D. 58105-5599. The Bieber works can be purchased from the above,
or you may e-mail BBBR@worldnet.att.net
or URL http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/nd_sd/bieber.html
Reprinted with permission of The Northwest Blade.