Thursday, March 12, 2009
A recent donation of research concerning the Prisoner of War Camp that was located in Lake Odessa during World War II has added a wealth of information to this important aspect of our local history. It was discovered that the State Archives at Lansing holds a great deal of documents concerning the camp in its collection. These documents tell a great deal of history that has not come to light until now. The document above is a receipt from June of 1945 and details items needed in the construction of camp structures. One of the most important items in this collection is a detailed drawing of the camp layout. This shows the location of the mess hall, officers quarters, latrines, and the prisoners tents. These documents are being collected and studied with the goal of a more complete history to be formed. If anyone can add any information to the history of the Prisoner of War Camp in Lake Odessa please contact the Society.