November 13, 2019

From Mercer County to the Netherlands

From Mercer County to the Netherlands

By Daniel Arens

How the journey of one man’s life liberated many others

For dozens of years, a uniform sat in a closet.
Many thousands of miles away, a small community museum honors those who allowed their town to live in freedom.
And, five months ago, a Father’s Day discovery brought the uniform and the village together again, 75 years later.
Gustav Morlock lived in Mercer County most of his life. A telegrapher, he was born in Pettibone, and after the war moved west and served as a depot agent for the railroad in Hazen, Zap, Stanton and Beulah. In the latter community, he finished his career and lived out the remainder of a long and remarkable life.


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