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PAGE EIGHT THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT'PRESS, LOGANSPOHT, INDIANA - SUNDAY, OCTOBER •, INI, HOW WE VOTED IN '48 HOW WE VOTED IN '52 HOW WE VOTED IN '56 COLOR This Changing World By WILL BALL, Pres. Cass-Co. Historical Society Part 626 ; another female' relative of Commander-Fitch: Miss Harriet Fitch, daughter, we believe, of Clyde Filch, a Pennsylvania trainman, but if developed that Miss Harriet was one 'generation too far removed from the Commander; so, on April 7,. 1941, Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy, notified Mrs. Thomas that he was appointing her to christen the vessel to be; named for her great uncle at the Boston Navy Yard, at a' date to : be announced.. It. has been the custom for a lohg time for the sponsor to break a Bottle of champagne against the bow of .the vessel, raying, as she did so,T christen thee Fitch," or '-whatever the 'chosen name might.be. HOWEVER, IT SEEMS that -some one in Salt Lake City, where Mrs. Thomas-lives, 'ha'd other ideas regarding this, item, for a clipping from a Salt Lake ~paper pasted in the scrap book I she. sent us reads like this: j"'Water from Great Salt Lake will - be' used to christen'one of the The custom _adopted and_ used; newest 5 GS t royers O f u nc ] e g ajn - s son, of "Chappaqua; N, Y.' To illustrate . the speed with which new ships were 'being built, one of the .clippings from a Boston paper in the scrapbook Mrs. Thomas sent us,'says that • Capfain Charles Brand, manager of _the Navy Yard, reported to Admiral Tan-ant that keels for tw.o new ships were in place "on,the. ways' that had- been occupied by . the " Forrest and Fitch before 'those two-Miad come to rest in, the-harbor. That was before 'Pearl, Harbor. MRS. THOMAS by the United States Navy_, in the| fast gT OWln g navVi lt wa , an . launching of new vessels, is for nou nced today with the selection the nearest, surviving female '• relative, -of. 'the person for ..whom .the vessel is to be named, v to act 'as "sponsor": Jhat is, she is the .person who actually bestows the chosen name as-the vessel slides down the ways into the water. Choice of ,the, .nearest 'female relative as sponsor can be done onlv / in the case of destroyers; that is the'only .class of vessel •which bears the name of a. person. Battleships are named after -stales; cruisers after' cities; and submarines after fish'. Destroyers bear ;lhe names of naval 'heroes. The "Fitch", at whose christening Mrs. Madeline Fitch Thomas, native Logansporter, then, and now, living in Salt L?ke City, presided! was a destroyer AFTER THE. NAVY -Depart• ment decided to give J:he name of i a Logansport man to a destroyer it began to look around for the nearest"female surviving rcla- .tive. Mrs Mella Copeland saw a ;newspaper item 'to that /effect, • and, inasmuch as .she is .an aunt " of Mrs. Thomas and, therefore, 'thoroughly conversant with the ! Fitch geneology, she wrote the | Navy Department, submitting •Mrs. Thomas'^ame as a candi- 'dafe for the-honor. • \ x AJL'of this appears from the • original correspondence, ' con- .tained in the- scrap book prepared • by'Mrs, Thomas, and sent to the ,'writer by her when she,learned 1 we were look for information con- i cermng the matter.' ' * x ' IT SEEMS THAT THEJfcwy had first? been told of of Mrs. H. Walter Thomas as sponsor of the U.S.S. Fitch which win be launched at the Boston Navy Yard in October." That item appeared on April 26, 1941 B-lt the Navy had the last .word, for a letter from Admiral William T. Tarrant, Commander of the Boston Navy Yard, dated May. 14, 1941, tells Mrs. Thomas: "I would prefer to adhere to 'the time honored custom of using champagne for christening , -the Filch, and I hope this will be agreeable, to you." SO "VERS. THOMAS didn't have to take a bottle of brine from her home town lo Boston. When Ihe matter of sponsorship was fust broache'd "h> Mrs. Thomas, a tentative date October, 1941 was mentioned for the launching, but a week before Admiral Tarrant advised Mrs. Thntnas of his preference for champagne, rather than brine from Great Salt Lake, he told her that a definite dale of Saturday, June 14, had been set. At the time of the launching he told the assembled group that Ihe * two vessels launched that day had been on the ways—that is, under construction a shorten time than any. like ships in any Navy -Yard, in the_counlry. The .-other ship, a twin of the Fitch, was the Forrest, named for Lt. Dulaney Forrest, a veteran of Ihe .War of 1812. The sponsor for that vessel was the Lieutenant's ?reat great great grand-niece, 14-year-old Eileen Fairfax Thomp. : and, of, course; before we got into ;the second World'War, but'every- body expected that we'd get into it, so. was doing' everything .possible, to _ be ready. LAUNCHING A SHIP doesn't 'mean that, the vessel is finished. It means that construction .had progressed to 'the point that the boat,will float, so it is cut loose, from the ties "'that .have held 'it, and allowed to. slide down the greased ways into the water, | where it. is fitted up. The ways are Ihus cleared for the building of another ship. The portrait at Ihe head of the column today is that of Mrs Madeline Fitch Thomas, daughter .of Lieutenant L'eRoy Fitch, of the 160th Indiana Infant*}', during the Spanish - American War, He was a., nephew o'f Commander'Le- Ruy Fitch, for whom the boat was named." Mis Thomas was born "Aunt Mollie's" house,! later the first St Joseph's Hospital, Now we must return Mrs Old-Time lilies On Lower Wabash By Nixon-Lodge Club INDIANAEOLIS (AP).-Indiana Volunteer? for Nixon - Lodge are planning old • fashioned political rallies-Saturday night at a string in of bonfires lighted by torch-bear- Mrs. Helen Fargher,, La Porte. Mrs". Baldwin said the'last time a' string of 'bonfires was lighted along the Wabash was during Lincoln's first campaign 100 years ago. • - - Thomas' scrap-book She has south to 'near the mouth of the promised it'to her grandchildren, and' we imagine they're'-getting anxious because- we've had long. it so TOLL ROAD REVENUE '• INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) - The Indiana- Toll Bridge Commission reported today a net-revenue for the : 1959-1960 fiscal 'year of $73,984, an increase of more than $10,000 ing horsemen along : a 150-mile •stretch of the.Wabash Elver. 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