JHS WWII Information Available at Fenton Research Center

Chris Ahlstrom and Dave Marsh with JHS veteran cards.
Chris Ahlstrom and Dave Marsh with JHS veteran cards.

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Fenton History Center

The Fenton History Center’s Research Center recently celebrated the culmination of months of work by two of the center’s dedicated volunteers. During WWII, the National Honor Society at Jamestown High School made a 6X8 card for each man and woman who had once gone to school at JHS, and had left Jamestown to serve their country. Each card lists the person’s name, address, parents, years of attendance at JHS, and on the back of the card, news clippings about each soldier were glued to the back of the card.

Chris Ahlstrom indexed and alphabetized the many cards. Dave Marsh copied each card, and created notebooks for easy access as well as an index of the cards. There are 2,822 pages and they are housed in 15 notebooks. The fragile cards and the attached clippings will be stored in acid free boxes for safe long-term storage.

At the end of this project, the volunteers were grateful for the many hours they worked on the project. Ms. Ahlstrom remarked, “It was fun. I learned a lot, and was surprised at how many Veterans I knew. I was amazed at the patriotism in Jamestown during that time. It was a joy to see my own father among them, and it was wonderful to be reminded of his service.”

Mr. Marsh added, “As a Veteran myself, with a father and two uncles who served in WWII, I was very proud to help do this.”

Researchers and genealogists are encouraged to use this resource at the Fenton History Center’s Research Center located at the former Hall Home building at 73 Forest Ave. For more information call the center at 664-6256.