When diving into archives head first, not necessarily knowing what will come about, you hit plenty of blocks in the road. We certainly have experienced our fair share of those. From coming to a dead end with learning more about faculty in the war, to dead ends with certain students and their records. There was a glimmer of light when it comes to the seemingly untraceable Harold Hall Hartwell Jr. It is unclear how many years Hartwell spent at Loomis, however it is clear he was at the school for his junior year of 1940. Listed as the class of 1941 of Loomis, there is no record of him being a student at Loomis for that year besides the obituaries and memorial in Founders Hall. This presents multiple possibilities. Maybe Hartwell left the school to help at home or maybe this is the point in which he joined the war. Even if he left to join the Navy that year, you would think Loomis would acknowledge what he was doing in the yearbook. Or there is the real possibility that Hartwell was kicked out of school, but is unlikely considering his enrollment at Harvard, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, in the year 1941. Still after lots of digging and research, there is much to learn of Harold Hall Hartwell Jr. and his time at Loomis as well as a need to address Loomis’ motives.
While researching Loomis’s fallen heroes, it’s difficult to decide which particular people should be addressed within our posts. While looking through the The Loomis Alumni Bulletin from 1948, I stumbled upon a page which was dedicated to paying tribute to the fallen soldiers that had formally attended Loomis. Three members in particular were recognized: Lieutenant John W. Case (Class of ’98), Lieutenant Jon H. Wheeler (Class of ’40), and Lieutenant William C. Newbold (Class of ’41). First Lieutenant John W. Case, a member of Field Artillery with the 224th Field Artillery Battalion died in England from wounds he had received while fighting in France. Son of former Governor Norman Case of Rhole Island, he attended Brown University (upon graduation from Loomis) where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942. Lieutenant John H. Wheeler, a Loomis and Babson graduate, died in Germany in 1940. After graduating from Babson, Wheeler was employed by the Scoville Wellington Company. He then proceeded to enter the air force where he would then be commissioned in Marianna, Florida on November 3rd, 1943. Last but certainly not least, Lieutenant William H. Newbold. A member of the Loomis graduating class of 1941, Newbold attended Cornell where he made the decision to enlist in the Army Air Forces. He was killed in a plane crash near Palm Springs, California on July 14th. His burial took place at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington where he was commemorated by other members of the military. These are only three of the many veteran heroes that Loomis has produced over the course of war time. Along with being exceptionally well-rounded students and young men, these three soldiers fought on the front to protect the country. This not only speaks to the high character of these individuals, but also to the Loomis institute itself, to craft and mold such noble men.