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Returning to School after War – the Veterans Class of 1947

by Barbara Rimkunas

This "Historically Speaking" column was published in the Exeter News-Letter on Friday, November 8, 2019.

For many years, Scotty Lees was the custodian at the Exeter First Baptist Church. Noticing that the church’s next-door neighbor, the Exeter Historical Society, was often lax about landscaping, he began tending the grass there as well. On the days when it was very hot, or when Scotty just needed a break, he’d often come inside to visit with the staff and volunteers. He told us about his long career as a lineman with the Exeter and Hampton Electric Company and his work with Little League Baseball. We’d pull out the collection photos of Exeter baseball teams – including the Exeter Bears – and pick out Scotty. “Did you play ball in high school?” he was asked. He’d started to, he told us, but things got complicated. Scotty’s Exeter High School years were complicated, as were those of his classmates, by the United States entrance into World War II. Like many…

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