- She saw a locket button for the first time
- She met and became dear friends with button dealer, Don Ortwein
Now, not too many buttons were manufactured by companies on the West Coast, so that was a clue in itself. Luckily, Janice had seen one of these buttons from Hawaii button dealer, Don Ortwein. We were, in fact, sitting at Don's tables when she and I had our meeting of the minds! Janice showed me how the button hinged and opened it to reveal two black & white photos behind celluloid covers. What a find! Janice and I stared at the photos for a moment and she said to me, "I wonder who these women were?" "Maybe his sweetheart? His Sister? It would be cool to know who they were, wouldn't it", I said. Then, as if zapped with electricity, we both sat up straight and looked at each other. "You need to...."Janice started, "write a story about it", I continued!Since then I have toyed with the idea. Don Ortwein even searched and found a locket button for my collection. It has one photo in it of what appears to be a young man, but I'm not certain. The photos that haunt me, however, are of those young ladies and I have decided that their story needs to be told.
To that end, I am asking all of you reading this to send me any information you have about a relative who served in WWI, letters, photos, etc, or even places where I could visit to continue my research about live during this time and Army regulations, uniforms, rule books that may exist, etc. I have been reading voraciously and the book has begun to take shape.
I hope I can do these ladies and their soldier proud with my story.