FROM OUR EARLY FILES
150 years ago
Oct. 3, 1868
• The jousting tournament near this town on Wednesday drew together a large concourse of persons — nearly as many, it is supposed, as were in attendance at the similar affair last year. The day was lovely, and everything conspired to render the occasion one of enjoyment to all present.
• People who are apprehensive that some of these days this globe may be smashed to atoms by a wandering comet, and who have not been reassured by the assertions of scientific men that comets are mainly composed of gas, may certainly now dismiss their fears. An aerolite, quite as big as any comet, has recently fallen on the earth’s surface, near Warsaw, in Poland, without doing any damage.
100 years ago
Oct. 5, 1918
• The Fourth Liberty Loan in this county was ushered in with the ringing of bells and blowing of whistles last Saturday. Quite a crowd gathered about the college campus to see the airplane but it failed to arrive nor has any word been received as to its whereabouts. Mail Driver Stafford stood by his flag on the campus for two hours hoping to get the bag of letters and convey same to the courthouse.
• Now that the cool weather has arrived, women’s organizations and clubs, particularly those whose objects are social or educational, will again become active and begin to plan special programs to interest their members.
75 years ago
Oct. 2, 1943
• Selective Service head- quarters prepared to start calling 446,000 pre-Pearl Harbor fathers to fill the Army’s and Navy’s revised quotas for 1943 at once. Despite indignation over the draft of fathers, Federal Manpower officials expressed the belief that the October 1 draft call is the first of “many” similar personnel demands.
• Chief Herman Blackway said the people in Kent were awakened at 2:30 a.m. Thursday by a preparatory raid warning by a yellow signal. The warning came as a result of suspicious unidentified aircraft off the New Jersey coast, afterward found to be a friendly plane. At 3:35 a.m. the electric plant whistle sounded the all-clear ending the suspected raid.
50 years ago
Oct. 2, 1968
• Because enrollments have increased year after year, most principals in Kent County’s public schools are hard pressed to find classroom space for students, where according to the report of the September term of the Grand Jury “Crowded conditions were common in all schools.” A survey just completed by the Kent County public schools reveals that, again this year, school enrollments have continued to climb.
• The Holstein-Friesian Association of America has announced that Edwin C. Fry, Fair Hill Farm, Chestertown, has accepted an assignment to judge at the XVII National Livestock Exposition in Peru October 26 through November 3. Mr. Fry will be in Peru during this time and in addition to his judging assignment will assist in the market development of U.S. registered Holsteins.