NEXT THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th
One hundred years ago, in June, 1917, Marion Joseph Losco presented himself to Postmaster Walter Jones, at the Mandarin Store and Post Office, to register for the draft of World War I. He continued to work on his father's farm, having no idea how the war in Europe would impact him and his family. He could not know that in a little over a year later he would be killed in action in France and buried there for all time.
Marion's mother, Dometilla, kept all of his letters and postcards as well as the notices and personal items she received from the Army after his death. They were placed in a trunk. Over 95 years later these objects were donated to the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society by David Losco.
Marion's grandnephew, Paul Ghiotto, transcribed Marion's letters which are the feature story of this lecture and the book Paul wrote based on the letters and his extensive research. He will give a Powerpoint presentation and his book will be available.
Please plan to join us to hear this amazing story of the only local resident that we know died in WWI. This lecture is being held a few days after Veteran's Day, in honor of Pvt. Marion Losco and all who have served in the Armed Forces.
Third Thursday Lectures are held at the Mandarin Community Club, which co-sponsors the lectures. Refreshments begin at 6:30, with the lecture at 7.
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