The Name Charles
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baldwin,
Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. May 3d, 1941
I am addressing this letter to you in the hope that you may be able to help us out. You undoubtedly will recall my father "Albert Pomneitzky" who worked for you for so many years,- and who while acting as superintendent of your Springfield plant, became the proud possessor of twins, one of whom "Charles E." was named after you,- the other "Jacob" (now deceased) was named after a Jake Wilder, formerly connected with the St. Louis, Mo. Plant. In this connection, I recall, as you most likely will, the "twin" buggy which you presented to my parents and the twins at that time.
To get down to the gist of the matter,- I have a favor to ask. My Brother Charles has a very responsible position in the General Motors Incorporated, Hyatt Roller Bearings Division, Harrison, N.J. This firm, I understand are about ready to engage in Defense Work,- and naturally are taking every precaution to see that they have one hundred percent Americans in their plant. A birth certificate was requested, but as Springfield did not record their births prior to 1910- some proof is necessary. Therefore this letter is written in the hope that it reaches you, and knowing the family as you do for practically 60 years, I beg leave ask a favor of either you or Mrs. Baldwin-- to wit-- Would you kindly make an affidavit setting forth the true fact that you know these twins were born in 1893. I am enclosing a letter addressed and stamped- ready to be sent direct to my Brother to his home address, in order to expedite matters, and assure you I will appreciate your prompt action in this matter. I consider my Brother a very clever man- and like his father before him, a very conscientious one, when it comes to "performance"- and it does seem to bad that there should be so much trouble in establishing the proof of birth of an "American Born" citizen.
I was very sorry not to have seen you some years ago when you visited Detroit,- but I suppose you know that our Father died here in Detroit in 1924, and our Mother passed away in 1934. Also Charlie's twin died a little over a year ago, and our Brother Albert, who used to sing in the Calvary Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Mo. also passed away quite recently. Such is life.
I trust you are both well, and that it will not put you out too much to grant us this favor,- and any expense connected therewith, I will gladly defray. Would like to have a line from you. - when Fannie and I could talk over school days, etc. As I am anxious to get this off quickly, I will close, with kindest regards to you both,- and again assuring you of my appreciation for anything you can do for my Brother, I remain,-
An old, old friend and neighbor,
(Signed) Birdie Pomnitz by Binney
Please address me -
Letter from Alberta (Birdie) Pomnitz-Binney
to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baldwin of Springfield, Missouri, May 3rd, 1941. Birdie
passed three years later in August of 1944.