Wayne Welshans, our
local historian, was the speaker at our September 11, 2008 meeting of the Jersey Shore Historical Society. His presentation
with power point and narration gave tribute to the local men, and women, who served in our Armed Forces. Many are deceased,
and some were not. Their names were familiar to some of us who were at the meeting.
Wayne had many of his personal memorabilia to show us that his relatives brought with them from the
Second World War. One was of particular interest. His father, Floyd L. Welshans, brought back from Germany a book
with pictures and printing (in German) of the Life of the Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler. The book was dated 1936.
What was very
interesting was that the plastic jacket of the book was made in Williamsport, PA by the Brodart Company. Their first
book covers were made from re-used X ray film. The covers were so popular that
Brodart Company was founded and it has grown from those covers to books, library furniture, and other items that have to do
with the book industry.
Jersey Shore Historical Society