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Kent County News - - OPINION -

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.

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