This Date We Remember

This Date We Remember

Herald Dispatch November 22, 1965

Written by: Charles Collett

Submitted by: Robert Kingrey

Today, two years ago, the world was shocked by news bulletins from Dallas, Texas. It was a sensational story that every American over ten years of age has heard. The following mailed by my friend Clarke Haney tells bits of history about two of the nation’s greatest president.

Both Presidents, Lincoln and Kennedy, were concerned with the issue of civil rights. Lincoln was elected in 1860 Kennedy was elected in 1960. Both were slain on Friday and in the presence of their wives. Their successors, both named Johnson, were Southerners, Democrats, and had previously served in the Senate. Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, L. B. Johnson was born in 1908.John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839, and Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939. Both Booth and Oswald were Southerners favoring unpopular ideas. Both wives lost children through death while residing in the White House. Lincoln’s secretary, whose name was Kennedy, advised him not to go to the theatre. Kennedy’s secretary whose name was Lincoln, advised him not to go to Dallas.

Thirty-two years ago, when the new deal had just taken over, Mark Stewart, C&O machinist, now our neighbor wrote a poem, which was printed in the old Ironton News. Yesterday, the same gentleman, now retired, recalled that November 22 was a date long to be remembered and said he had another poem that I might print. This is it… “The Marching Feet, the rumbling drums, down the street a hero comes. A gallant leader passes by… That which is flesh is flesh, but that which is spirit is spirit, sayeth God… You cannot conceal it by sod. So, dry your tears, hold high your head, Our hero lives, he is not dead…Take your place beside Jon-Jon with a snappy salute to the flag draped caisson, That this nation under God shall receive a new birth and shall not perish from the earth”. – Mark Stewart.

November 22 has many memories for many people. In 1845 the first Lawrence County newspaper was published at Burlington, then the county seat. On this date in 1930 the famous Ironton Tanks, organized in 1919, played their last football game. Many readers may recall on this date in 1950 the worst three-day blizzard of the century hit Ironton and all Southern Ohio. Snow fell three days to a depth of over a foot, which almost paralyzed traffic in and out of the city.