The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

Feb. 13, 1946, Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Homes Eager To Welcome Four British Brides Here Today

A veteran’s mother offered a solution Tuesday night to in-law problems as four Omaha families counted the hours.

They are awaiting the arrival at 8 a.m. today of five bundles from Britain.

The mother Mrs. H. L. Edwards, 3960 North Fortieth Avenue, who will share her home with her daughter-in-law Doreen Susan Maycock, England asserted: “If she wants to do things her way, that’s all right. If she wants to do them my way, then I’ll be glad to teach her. I hope she’ll be happy. She’s leaving her own folks so far away.”

Her son, Frank, a former private first class with the One Hundred Fifty-sixty Infantry Division, is almost as excited as his parents. He hasn’t seen his wife in 18 months.

He married Doreen in February, 1944, but six months later his outfit was shipped to France. He fought through Belgium, Holland, and Germany and was shipped home directly from the Continent.

The other brides with destination Omaha are Mrs. Harry East, Mrs. Frank Eyler and Mrs. Joe Totusek, Meadow Grove, Cedar Bluffs and Clarks, Neb., and Sac City, Ia., are the future home of four more.

Jean Sullivan will interview the brides at 11:30 a.m. over KOWH.

Mrs. Eyler, who hails from Oldham, will introduce to Mr. and Mrs. John Eyler, 3424 South Twenty-third Street, their 15 month-old granddaughter, Beverly Ann.

Their son, Frank, served 3 1/2 years overseas with the Eighth Air Force as a mechanic. He is a switch tender for the Union Pacific Railroad.

His wife, Irene, called from Chicago Tuesday while her husband was at work. “Hello, Frank,” she said in crisp British.

“I’m sorry,” replies the voice from Omaha. “Folks say I sound like Frank, but this is your new dad.”

It will be Christmas today at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. East, 1701 M Street. Their son’s wife, Elizabeth, who is of Scotch-Irish descent, is bringing what few gifts she could get in England.

The Easts are readying a three pound roast, and month’s meat ration in England.

Elizabeth’s husband, Harry said they tried housekeeping six months under Britain’s rationing and it was “plenty tough.”

“It’s been a long, long time,” said ex-Eighth Air Force line chief Joe Totusek, whose father, Richard, lives at 5419 South Thirty-sixty Street.

He said that he met his wife, Ellen, a “beautiful brunette,” at a prize fight in Cambridge. They were married in April, but he “took his last look at the White Cliffs” in June.

“I haven’t told my buddies when she’s arriving, he said. “I’m going to spring her as a surprise. But she’ll catch on quickly with them.” (Arrived on the Queen Mary, Feb. 10th)

Four on Santa Paula

Four British brides and one daughter of Nebraska service men are to arrive in New York Saturday on the Santa Paula. The ship is carrying 597 GI brides and children.

Frances Alice Payne and 3 month-old Cheryl Lynn, for Herne Hill, Britain, are the wife and daughter of S. Sgt. Leonard E. Payne of North Port.

Also scheduled to arrive are Georgian M. Colby, 17, of Bedford, wife of Corp. Chester L. Colby, Plattsmouth; Eileen D. Group, 27 of Feltham, wife of Pfc. Merle S. Group, Louisville and Olive B. Tigner from Brentwood, wife of Sgt. Louis L. Tigner, Culbertson.

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