Joe Jackfert marks 100th birthday

Joe Jackfert of Wellsburg celebrated his 100th birthday on March 19 with family, friends and fellow residents at Ann’s Country Retreat.

Over the years Jackfert has worn many hats, including serving the Army during World War II, when he was among 144,000 troops that defended the Aleutian Islands, located off Alaska, from Japanese invasion in 1942.

On March 19 he was presented a cane bearing the Army emblem by John Chernenko, president of the Barbed Wire Chapter of Ex-Prisoners of War.

Following his discharge, Jackfert returned to work at the Windsor Power Co., where he served as union president for several years. He worked at several power plants, primarily as a welding inspector, during his 40-year tenure with the company.

Jackfert also served as president of the Brooke County Sportsman’s Club.

He and his wife, Pauline, whom he married in 1952 and who died in 2003, have three sons: David of Illinois, Richard of Florida and Jeff of Wellsburg. He also has two granddaughters.

Jackfert grew up in McKinleyville, one in a family of nine children. A stepsister, Margaret, and his youngest brother, Edward, also are living.

As a young man, he played various positions on several men’s baseball leagues that once existed in the Ohio Valley and recalled playing against a very young Bill Mazeroski.

Jackfert enjoys watching baseball, and his favorite team is the Boston Red Sox, though he also follows the Pittsburgh Pirates.