Henry Jaynes Fonda

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(Early life (1905-1926))
(Early life (1905-1926))
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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.
 
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 moved to Omaha and opened a print shop; however, William's occupation in 1910 was "Salesman, Advertising Jobber".  In addition, the 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 at age 14, Henry Fonda is listed as an "Office Boy" for a "Stocks and B[onds]" company.
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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 at age 14, Henry Fonda is listed as an "Office Boy" for a "Stocks and B[onds]" company.
  
 
Henry graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1923.  A much later newspaper mention of him [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=4564143&currentResult=3&src=search&firstvisit=true here] states that he went to the University of Minnesota and got a degree, his thesis being on communication systems. Another source states that he had been studying journalism but dropped out after about two years.  A much later newspaper article ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=80955793&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=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."
 
Henry graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1923.  A much later newspaper mention of him [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=4564143&currentResult=3&src=search&firstvisit=true here] states that he went to the University of Minnesota and got a degree, his thesis being on communication systems. Another source states that he had been studying journalism but dropped out after about two years.  A much later newspaper article ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=80955793&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=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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