Response strong for vets book


The response we’ve received thus far for our tribute book to Marion County veterans, “Our Nation Called”—planned for release on Veterans’ Day this year—has been incredible.

We held the first scanning session for photos at the Hills­boro American Legion post Saturday and the turnout was excellent.

I was there from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there was never one minute when I wasn’t scanning photos. It was really neat to see individual service photos when veterans first enlisted or were drafted. I scanned more than 50 photos. I need to emphasize that the size of the photo doesn’t matter because we can enlarge or reduce them to fit. And we can photograph medals and other memorabilia with a digital camera.

We will plan more of these scanning events throughout the next few months at other towns throughout the county in order to make it convenient for as many folks as possible. Or you can drop by the Free Press office and we will be glad to scan your photos throughout the week—however, Monday is the least preferred day as we are on deadline to produce the newspaper.

It seems that some of the information we have requested is not known in all cases, but that’s understandable. We want to recognize as many of our veterans as possible, so bring us what you can.

The Hillsboro High School All-School Reunion committee has been planning this year’s event at the Hillsboro MB Church Saturday, May 26.

I believe I have mentioned that there were no Hillsboro High School annuals produced during the World War II years, so the dilemma was what to do for placing annuals online on the Free Press website.

I did the next best thing and created a composite senior photo from the pictures hanging in the school hallway. The senior classes of 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945 are now posted on the website. We still haven’t found a 1947 annual, but do have the 1946 annual.

While we were meeting at Little Pleasures Coffeehouse, I noticed Lewis Hagen was there and I happened to know he was in the ’47 HHS graduating class. I asked him if he had an annual for that year.

He said “just a minute” and then proceeded to go out to his van and brought in the 1946 annual. When I said I already had that one, he left and came back a bit later with his 1947 memory book that had been created for one of their reunions.

He said he traveled with the 1946 annual in case any disputes needed to be cleared up.

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I hear that lots of people quit watching the KU-Missouri game before it was over. Big mistake. I also heard that someone sold their car to buy tickets to watch the game. It was well worth it.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@hillsborofreepress.com.


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