Hello, I hope you find this site enjoyable ? It is dedicated to Edward Stutzman and Winnifred Armishaw, who simply fell in love and were tragically parted. Here are various photos and letters sent between each other during the second world war years starting off when they were about 14 years old.
This site is nearly complete. I shall add photos and upload anything I find interesting in the items that are left.
Winnie's son rang me to say he had seen the site and thought it was brilliant. He has screen saved the main page and the photos page and will show them Win when he visits her next. He will explain how it works and what is on the site.
My Wife Trace sorted most of the letters out and filed in years as best she could at the time. We were planning to move and lots of things were getting boxed up and being moved all the time. So I just looked as there were a few months missing, which I still have not found ? There may not have been any, but they both seemed to write monthly to each other ? Well I just had a look and sadly I found some of Win's letters she wrote to Edward. These must have been returned by the US airforce to Win and not Edward's parents ? This should give us some idea of what Win wrote about and how both responded to each others letter.
A few family members and friends have said about putting a book together, or would love to see a film possibly made on these letters and photos ? I don't have the time as yet and I wouldn't really have a clue how to put a book together ? If anyone finds the idea appealing, or knows someone in the book publishing business please let them get in touch ?
Edward Lincoln Stuzman was born in Richmond Hill, New York, U.S.A. in 1923. Son of Edward b 1893 and Florence b 1894.
At the age of 14 his school class were sent penpal letters from a school in England and Edward wrote to a girl called Winifred Armishaw from Dudley, Worcestershire (now West Midlands). Winnie kept all his letters and I now have them to upload and publish them on this site. They are typical of a teenage boy growing up in New York with references to the build up of war and how it eventually affected them both. I hope you will enjoy reading them as I have done ?
Sadly Edward died in a plane crash over Norfolk near Norwich, United Kingdom on 16th September 1944.
STUTZMAN FAMILY ROOTS
1930 US Census living Queens, New York. Edward 37, Florence 36, Gerard 10 and Edward aged 7.
1900 US Census believed Edward senior's father was Charles 39, Lena M. 43, Albert C 23, Henry W. 15, Arthur 7, Edna P. 5, Edward E. 5, Marjorie O. 1. Erie, New York, Lancaster.
1910 Census Charles had remarried and taken on his new Wife's children: Charles 49, Hanah ( Johnson ) 35, Arthur 18, Edward 16, Edward Johnson 16, Victor Johnson 12, Emma 16, Marjorie 12, Lester 7, Charles 5 and Katherine 2. Erie, New York, Lancaster.
1920 US Census Charles W. 59, Hannah C. 45 born ( Denmark ) Lester 16, Charles 15 and Catherina 12. Erie, New York, Lancaster.
1930 US Census Charles W. 69, Anna 56 and Lester 27. Erie, New York, Lancaster.
Edward had a brother Gerard. Gerard b 1920 married Eileen ??? and had children: Edward, Gerard, Robert, Judy and twins Ronnie & Sherry. I will look into this more and find names and biths, etc. The family later moved to Florida.