May 24, 2014 – Meeting

“Brown Family Experience – WWII” presented by Richard Jones II

President Betty Meier introduced our speaker, Richard Jones II, who told the story of one family’s experiences during World War II. Taking on the persona of his father-in-law, Buford Brown, Jones told of the death of Eldon Brown, Buford’s older brother, who lost his life early in the war when his ship, The Dorchester, was torpedoed by a German submarine. As Jones detailed the major events of the war, he related how Buford was one of three men from Morrow County who were drafted at the same time and who were able to serve together in Europe. All three returned home safely. Jones accompanied his presentation with a display of uniforms and personal effects which had belonged to his father-in-law, his father and his grandfather.

Following Jones; spellbinding talk, President Meier called the business meeting to order. She circulated an album containing photos and materials from the OGS convention which featured Winton Arnold who was honored at the “Settlers and Builders” luncheon.

Continuing her president’s report, Mrs. Meier thanked Wilma Lepore for starting a Facebook page for the Society. She stated she had recently visited the Fairfield Society and felt that our collection exceeded theirs. She also reported our Genealogy Library has recently received a new computer which is much faster than the previous one. She asked for volunteers to help staff the Society’s display on Senior Citizens’ Day at the Morrow County Fair on Aug. 26.