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Pete Jones to Present Program on Spanish American War


On Monday, June 10, the North Manchester Historical Society will present a program about the Spanish American War by popular historian, teacher and columnist Pete Jones of Wabash.  The program will be held in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome. 


Jones taught for 38 years, most of that time teaching American History, English and journalism at Manchester High School.  He retired in 1999.  He served on the board of the Wabash County Library for 25 years.  Currently on the board of the Wabash County Historical Museum, Jones has written a weekly history column for the Wabash Plain Dealer for the past 10 years. 


Jones decided to present a program on the Spanish American War because, “I set it as a challenge because I didn’t know much about it.”  The war was brief but crucial to the United States’ standing in the western hemisphere.  As with all American wars, local men were involved.  Jones is a well-regarded speaker and researcher whose relaxed and interesting narrative style makes his historical research seem more like a story, a “good yarn” that’s engaging and appealing.


The public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the meeting.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, June 7.  The cost of the meal is $8.50, $3.50 for residents on the Timbercrest meal plan.  Reservations may be made by calling Mary at 260-982-1813 or Evelyn at 260-982-6777. 

Esta Hower, North Manchester, Spanish-American War 


Picture of North Manchester resident Esta Hower in 1898 Spanish American War uniform.  From the North Manchester Historical Society collection.