Dozen Reach 25th Year at New Departure

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Dozen Reach 25th Year at New Departure

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Dozen Reach Twenty-Fifth Year at New Departure




A newspaper article published in The Hartford Courant, on September 19, 1963. The article describes a dozen employees of the New Departure Division of General Motors reaching their 25 years of service. The workers' length of service qualified them for engraved watches or clocks.

A notable person included in the article is Paul Waldron Hardy (1904-1989). Born on December 30, 1904, in Boise, Idaho, Paul Waldron Hardy (1904-1989) was 14 years old when World War I ended. Two years later, Hardy lied about his age in order to enlist on September 23, 1920, at the age of sixteen. He served three years in the United States Army before being honorably discharged on September 23, 1923. On March 17, 1923, Hardy married Margaret Agnes Bryant. By 1930, the couple have five children: Margaret R. (1924), Anna (1925), Paul Jr. (1926), Hazel (1928), and Dorothy (1929). The family remained in Hartford, Connecticut, until Paul retired from General Motors on September 6, 1965. The couple retired in Bushnell, Florida, until Paul passed away on April 12, 1989. He was laid to rest in the newly opened Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on April 17, 1989.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: "Dozen Reach 25th Year at New Departure." The Hartford Courant, September 19, 1963.

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.



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