Carroll Historical Society To Honor Robert H. Jackson At Annual Open House

FREWSBURG – The life of one of Frewsburg’s most famous former residents will be honored by the Carroll Historical Society.

On Saturday, the historical society will present “The Life of Robert H. Jackson, 1892-1954” at its annual open house, which will run from 1-5 p.m. and will offer free admission.

The open house invites area community members to learn about Jackson’s life. There will be a heavy focus on his early and formative years in Frewsburg – where he moved at age 5, began attending school at 6 and graduated high school in 1909 as part of a three-member graduating class.

There will also be an in-depth look at his metamorphosis from a small hometown country boy to one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular U.S. Supreme Court justices, and chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes in the Nuremberg trials.

“We’ve advertised all over the county, and we’re hoping to get a lot of people,” said Carolyn Moynihan. a board member. “The Jackson Center is quite an attraction for our area, and Frewsburg is proud of the fact that Robert Jackson grew up here.”

A program of talks is scheduled for 1 p.m. Greg Peterson, co-founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, will speak on upcoming events at the center, and Harold Bennett, a Carroll Historical Society board member and relative of Jackson, will speak about Jackson’s life.

From 2-4:45 p.m., attendees are invited to view a display of exhibits – which were provided by the Jackson Center, Jackson family members, the Carroll Historical Society, Myers Memorial Library and the Fenton History Center. Members of the Jackson family will be in attendance, and a Robert H. Jackson contest will be held, with memorial T-shirts given as prizes.

Additionally, the event will also have displays presenting information on the 175th anniversary of the First Baptist Church of Frewsburg; the first Frewsburg town picnic, held in 1903; and Frewsburg High School’s graduating class of 1943. All displays will be open to the public from 2-4 p.m. on every Saturday from May through September.

“Most of the books (about Jackson) cover his early life, but we wanted to give people the chance to meet members of his family and see some of the old exhibits,” Moynihan said.

From 4:45-5 p.m., weather permitting, a memorial service will be held at the Jackson family grave in Maple Grove Cemetery, which will be presided over by Pastor Chris Rhodes of Fentonville Methodist Church. A memorial wreath will be placed at the cemetery by members of the Jackson family.

“We do expect a lot of people to come, and we’re hoping it will be a nice day,” said Moynihan.

The Carroll Historical Society holds its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month, which the public is welcome to attend.