Clipped From The Ludington Daily News
By HERBERT L. SPARROW HYDEN, Ky. (UPI)—An ex- losion ri PP ed througb two nn Stetson Tips Hat In Final "Adieu" U T» /in™ PHILADELPHIA (UPI) Stetson, the firm that covered the 'heads of prairie ranchers and presidents, announced it would end the production of hats "early in 1971." save The firm was famous for its cowboy star clientele who wore white hats when they were good guys and black hats when they were bad guys. but Stetson once employed 5,000 employes in its factory here. Some 300 employes remain. They were on holiday leave when , the closing was an- drinks John Batterson Stetson found- 'ed the firm on his return from a trip to the West 105 years ago. His first hat was a 10- gallon Western, an ancestor of Stetsons worn by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Other who wore Stetsons, in more conservative models, were Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The announcement cited the "severe decline in the use of hats" and said attempts would be made to license the Stetson to another manufacturer.