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50 Years Ago (week of Aug. 23-29,...


50 Years Ago (week of Aug. 23-29, 1942):

* The first woman candidate from Howard County was placed on the Republican ballot for House of Delegates this week. The candidate was Mrs. Katherine Newton Brown, a former Home Demonstration Agent.

* All persons acting as airplane observers for the Clarksville Observation Post were requested to attend a mass meeting at the Clarksville High School auditorium. Representatives of the Third Corps Area Intercept Command were in attendance to answer questions about the wartime observation work.

25 Years Ago (week of Aug. 20-26, 1967):

* Francis Xavier Edwards, self-appointed leader of the InterstatKnights of the Ku Klux Klan, was arraigned this week on six counts of aiding and abetting in the theft of an air conditioner back in June. During the arraignment, the Howard County State's Attorney requested that Edwards be committed to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital for a psychiatric examination.

However, the judge would not act on this request until Edwards received advice from an attorney. Because Edwards had been unable to find a lawyer willing to represent him, it was necessary for the judge to appoint one.

* An Oklahoma couple landed their Cessna 150 on Interstate 70 when dense rainy conditions, combined with faulty navigational equipment, reduced their navigability to near zero. Police reported the plane's location to the FAA, and permission for takeoff was granted once the weather cleared sufficiently to provide visibility. The couple was en route to Alexandria, Va., from Nova Scotia.

Information for this column was culled from the Howard County xTC Historical Society's Library.

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