Family saved newspaper from December, 1941

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Pearl Harbor newspaper

HUDSONVILLE, Mich., (WZZM) - A Hudsonville man is cherishing a piece of history from World War II.  He found a newspaper dated the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"She saved this one. She was good at writing notes on what she wanted to save and why," says Wayne Dertien, whose mother-in-law saved the paper all these years. The headline was "Jap Attack on Hawaii kills 1,500".

"I didn't really think of it as something I could make money on. I just thought it was kind of neat to have."

Although it wasn't a priority for Dertien, it made us wonder, what was the paper worth? We took it to Alexander's Military Antiques in Grand Rapids. Owner John Colvin knows a lot about military history. At his store on Leonard Street, he has memorabilia from nearly every war.

He also has other newspapers about Pearl Harbor. Each, are unique. "See, the interesting thing about this one, this is so early, it says kills 1,500. Well 2,300 were killed. This came out so early; they didn't know how many were killed."

Colvin says this newspaper was the Grand Rapids Press, afternoon edition. It's dated December 8, 1941.  "So, the value's maybe $30," says Colvin. "It's a good read. To read the whole thing, which I do, is very interesting."

As for Dertien, he just appreciates the history behind it. He will put the old newspaper in a protective frame and pass it on to his children.


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