Item 1987-6 17 - Cooks at Alternative Service work camp at Lake

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CA MAO 1987-6 17

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Cooks at Alternative Service work camp at Lake

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  • [between 1942 and 1944] (Creation)

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photograph : 12 x 9 cm

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(1919-2006)

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John L. Fretz was the son of Joseph C. Fretz and Martha Reesor. He attended Eastern Mennonite and Hesston Colleges. He served in the Alternative Service Work Camps during World War II (Montreal River camp, Jul-Nov 1941; Goldstream and Cowichan camps, Jun 1942-spring 1944), and for two years was editor of the Beacon, the inter-camp newspaper. Immediately after the War he served in France as a relief worker. There he met and married Beulah Roth. They later settled in Oregon where Fretz was involved in business.

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John L. Fretz

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Cooks at Alternative Service work camp at Lake Cowichan, British Columbia ca. 1943 L-R: --, --, Seranus Wideman, Elias Brubacher, --, --, Nyal Shantz

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