Publisher Tells of Early Years ...

"Publisher Tells of Early Years ..." Northwest Blade, 5 November 2003, 1.

Gottlieb "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 or URL

Reprinted with permission of The Northwest Blade.

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