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JACKSON COLLEGE HERITAGE CENTER:
Join us as we explore the friendship between Lt. Zenneth Arthur Pond and Captain William J. Maher, with this tribute to the Pond family – whose story is our story, the story of America.
In 2016, a group of college students pored through journals, tax records and antique photos as they researched Michigan settlers. Time after time they returned to an 1840 cobbler’s diary belonging to Josiah Pond, with the penciled command, “Remember me!” Josiah was the great-great-grandfather of Jackson Junior College student and World War II hero, Lt. Zenneth Pond.
Students learned about the Pond family, who crossed the ocean with Winthrop, crossed the Delaware with Washington, associated with Abraham Lincoln, and were among the first to purchase land in Jackson County, Michigan. They learned of his college friend, Bill Maher, whose Irish ancestors – Edward, Thomas and Hugh Turney – worked their way down the Great Erie Canal for a piece of Michigan soil and a future for their children.
Like their ancestors, these young men dreamed of new frontiers. • Carefree and confident, William Maher lived a full life and inspired many. • Weathered beyond his years by war, Zenneth died in his youth while flying over the Pacific.
William Maher never forgot his friend, Zenneth Pond, and spent a lifetime keeping the memory of his classmate alive. Now, their story lives on.
The afternoon will include…
• Screening of “Answering the Call: A Memorial to Jackson Junior College Student Lt. Zenneth Arthur Pond”
• Two over-sized genealogy quilts showcasing the Maher and Pond families
• Artifacts from the 1600s highlighting the history of the Pond family and early settlers
For more information please contact Diana Agy at firstname.lastname@example.org.