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===Early life (1905-1924)=== [[The Ancestry of Henry Fonda#William Brace Fonda|William Brace Fonda]] (b. 1879), Henry's father was enumerated in the Federal Census in 1900 living, as a single man, in Omaha, Douglas County, [[Nebraska]] with his own parents, and listed there as a salesman. On 10 Jun 1903, William Fonda married [[The Ancestry of Henry Fonda#Herberta Jaynes|Herberta Jaynes]] (b. 1879), probably in or near Omaha, Nebraska. Moving to Grand Island, Hall County, [[Nebraska]], they rented a house from Grand Island banker George Bell in 1904 and it was in that house that their eldest child Henry Fonda was born 16 May 1905. They only lived there for six more months. The house, marked as Henry Fonda's birthplace, was in 1966 relocated after Henry paid to have it moved from downtown, ten miles to the location at the Stuhr Museum ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=114970741&firstvisit=true&src=search¤tResult=3 ''Seguin Gazette Enterprise'' (Seguin, Texas), 13 Aug 1982, page 3]). William and Herberta had two more children: Harriet in 1907/8 and Jayne in 1909/10, both born in Nebraska. Between 1905 and 1910 the family had moved back to Omaha, where they are enumerated in the Federal Census that year. Many years later, a newspaper article in which Henry talks about his father states "when he was six months old the family moved to Omaha". It's not a direct quote from Henry however, so it's unclear what the source is for this fact. Some biographers have given the impression that William Fonda moved to Omaha and opened a print shop; however, William's occupation in 1900 was "Salesman", and in 1910 it was "Salesman, Advertising Jobber". In addition, the 1910 enumeration states specifically that he was an employee, not working on his own account. When he registered for the WWI Draft on Sep 1918, William then lists his occupation as self-employed Printer. In 1920 still in Omaha, William Fonda is now a "Proprietor, Commercial Print Shop". You will notice that in 1920, at age 14, Henry Fonda is listed as an "Office Boy" for a "Stocks and B[onds]" company. Henry Fonda graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1923. A newspaper mention of him ten years later ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=4564143¤tResult=3&src=search&firstvisit=true ''The Soda Springs Sun'' (Soda Springs, Idaho), 20 Apr 1934]) states that "during his last two years in high school he worked as a trouble-shooter" [apparently with the telephone or other communications equipment], he then went to the University of Minnesota and got a degree, his thesis being on communication systems. Another source states that he studyied journalism for two years. (see [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=31747578&firstvisit=true&src=search¤tResult=25 here]) A newspaper article dated 1935 states that he "...trained two troups of boy scouts as a hobby while he was a fresman at the University of Michigan." ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=40524861&firstvisit=true&src=search¤tResult=22 see here]) Also [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=103042598&firstvisit=true&src=search¤tResult=15 here] in an article dated 1935 it states that he "...once worked as an instructor in a Minneapolis settlement house." A much later newspaper article ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=80955793&firstvisit=true&src=search¤tResult=0 "The Fondas", by Richard L Coe, Jan 1972]) states that he "...thought of himself as a future newspaperman. Hank went to the University of Minnesota as a journalism major, but dropped out from exhaustion from jobs he took to pay his way through school."
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