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Jake Lewis Meachum
HHS 1919

     Jake L. Meachum (1901-1963) was Salutatorian of the Hartford High School Class of 1919.....when Dr. Willis Dunbar was the Valedictorian.   He graduated from Michigan State University (BA 1927), University of Michigan (MA 1944), was an Agriculture Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent of Schools in Millington, Michigan (1930-1947).  After he retired, he spent the rest of his life educating veterans as tradesmen, industry and farming through his position as Director of the Millington Veterans Institute. 
The people of Millington thought so much of Jake that they named their Junior High School after him  (Jake L. Meachum Junior High).   The link to their website is   
     Thirty eight years after his death, Jake was awarded the 1999 Crystal Apple Award from the State of Michigan for his educational endeavors.
     Jake was the youngest son of Henry & Orpha (Sammons) Meachum. He was raised on the Henry Meachum farm on 60th Street in Hartford--what later became part of Dowd Orchards.

Click here to view Jake's obituary tribute as published in the Tuscola County Adviser on 2-7-1963.

Information and photo submitted by Virginia Meachum 7-18-2009

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