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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

JANE BEETHAM JONES PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Jane Beetham Jones (1927-2011) of Detroit, Michigan, served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1952 to 1980.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

The collection contains a 2006 Oral History; Photographs; Newsletters, clipping and scrapbook.

Newsletters and clipping contain articles that feature Jones in the Marines. The scrapbook contains photographs, additional clippings, and papers related to Jones's military service. Nineteen black-and-white photographs show a recruiting event at Broadhead Armory in Detroit in the early 1950s; a Marine Corps League convention; and Jones on the job in the late 1960s.


BIOGRAPHY

Jane Beetham Jones was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 1945 she graduated from Redford High School, where she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and briefly worked as a waitress on U.S. Coast Guard-supervised boats. Jones then attended the University of Minnesota on a scholarship for two years, while working summers at the Detroit News. She remained at the newspaper as a full time replacement staffer until 1953, and also attended the University of Detroit for two years.

Jones joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 5th Infantry Battalion, in 1952 in Detroit. She attended boot camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, over the course of three summers. She continued to have summer tours, usually in the Public Information Office, at bases including San Diego, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Pensacola, Florida; Cherry Point, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; and Tustin and El Toro, California. She also taught military history while stationed at Quantico, Virginia, and finished her career with the Air Reserve at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan, retiring in 1980.

Jane Jones met her husband while with the Marine Corps in Detroit and married in 1960. Until his death in 1972, the Jones were stationed together during summer tours.

In between summer duties, Jones worked at a wine shop during the late 1950s; doing public relations for a glass replacement company from 1960 to 1965; and in public relations for Rockwell International from 1965 to 1970. After Jones left the reserves in 1980, she worked in public information for the City of Detroit until retiring from that position in 1992. Jones then relocated to Durham, North Carolina. She passed away on 1 September, 2011.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Jane Beetham Jones at information booth, circa 1955
Item # WV0356.6.005
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Woman Marine at information booth, circa 1955
Item # WV0356.6.004
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Jane Beetham Jones at desk, circa 1965
Item # WV0356.6.006
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Jane Beetham Jones and coworker, 1968
Item # WV0356.6.010
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Jane Beetham Jones at desk, circa 1965
Item # WV0356.6.011
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Women Marines at convention, 1954
Item # WV0356.6.012
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Jane Beetham Jones and male Marine at work, 1968
Item # WV0356.6.007
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Woman Marine at dock, circa 1955
Item # WV0356.6.008
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Jane Beetham Jones at dock, circa 1955
Item # WV0356.6.009
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Oral history interview with Jane Beetham Jones, 2006
Item # WV0356.5.001
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Jane Beetham Jones, circa 1954
Item # WV0356.6.001
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Two Women Marines, 1954
Item # WV0356.6.002
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers
Male and female Marine, circa 1955
Item # WV0356.6.003
From the Jane Beetham Jones Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:

Newsletters, clipping and scrapbook. Newsletters and clipping contain articles that feature Jones in the Marines. The scrapbook contains photographs, additional clippings, and papers related to Jones's military service. Nineteen black-and-white photographs show a recruiting event at Broadhead Armory in Detroit in the early 1950s; a Marine Corps League convention; and Jones on the job in the late 1960s.