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PAGE EIGHT JTHE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA SUNDAY, OCTOBER I, INft. HOW WE VOTED IN '48 MASS. HOW WE VOTED IN '52 HOW WE VOTED IN .'56 MASS. COLOR This Changing World Part 626 By WILL BALL, Pres. Cass Co. Historical Society MRS. THOMAS The custom' adopted and used by the United States Navy,,in'the launching'of new vessels, is' for the nearest surviving female relative .of the person for whom the vessel is to be named, to-act .as "sponsor"; that 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 only in the case of. destroyers; that is the only class, of vessel which bears the name of a person. Battleships are named after states; cruisers after cities, and submarines after fish. Destroyers bear the names of naval .heroes. The "Fitch", at whose christening Mrs. Madeline Fitch' Thomas, native Logahsporter, then, and now, living in Salt Lake City, presided, was a destroyer. AFTER. THE NAVY .Department decided to give the name of a Logansport man to a destroyer it began to lo'ok . around for the nearest female surviving relative. 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'-.-name as a candidate for the honor. All "of'this appears fronv the original correspondence, . contained in the scrap book prepared by Mrs. Thomas, and sent to the writer by her when she learned \ve were look for information concerning the matter. ' FT SEEMS THAT THE Navy officials had first been told of another female .relative of. Com- mander.Fitch; Miss Harriet Fitch, daughter, we believe, .of ' Clyde Fitch, a Pennsylvania trainman, but. it 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 long time ^for the 'sponsor to break a bottle, of champagne against the bow of the vessel; saying, as she did"so,,I christen thee Fitch,", or whatever the chosen-name might be. HOWEVER,; ' IT SEEMS that some one in "Salt Lake City, where Mrs. Thomas lives, Had other ideas regarding- this item, for a clipping from a Salt Lake paper pasted in the scrap book she sent us reads . like this: "Water from Great Salt Lake will be used to christen one of the newest destroyers of Uncle Sam's fast growing navy,...it .was- announced today with the selection of Mrs. H. Walter. Thomas .as sponsor of the U.S.S. Fitch which will 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 ihe Fitch, and'I hope'this will, be agreeable to- you." ' SO MRS. THOMAS didn't have to take a bottle' of brine from her home town to Boston When the matter of sponsorship was first broached to Mrs. Thomas, -a tentative date - in October, 1941 was mentioned for the .launching, but a week before Admiral Tarrant advised Mrs. Thomas of his preference for champagne, rather than brine from Great, Salt Lake, he told "her that a definite date of Saturday, June 14, had been set. At the time of the launching he told the assembled group that the two vessels launched ,'that 1 day had been on the ways—that is, under construction, a shorter time .than any. like ships in any Navy Yard in", the country. The other ship, a twin of the Fitch, was the Forrest, named for Lt. Dulaney Forrest, a veteran of the War of 1812. The sponsor for that vessel was the Lieutenant's great great great grand-niece, 14-year-old Eileen Fairfax Thomp- son', of Chappaqua,' N. Y. fand, of course, before we got info To illustrate the speed with! the second World War, but everv- i • i '.-''"..- ... i ' j which 'new • ships were being .built, one of .the clippings from a Boston paper in the scrapbook Mrs.- Thomas sent us, says that Captain Charles v Brand, manager .of the '' Navy" Yard,' reported to ; Admiral Tarrant that keels for -two new -ships .were in place' ori the ways that had been occupied by 'the'. Forrest and Fitch before those two had come to" rest in the-harbor. That was before Pearl Harbor, 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 "thus cleared for the building of another ship. The'portrait'.at the head of the column today is that of Mrs. Madeline Fitch ,Thomas, daughter of Lieutenant LeRoy Fitch, of the 160th Indiana Infantry, during the Spanish - American War. He was a nephew of Commander LeRoy Fitch, for whom the boat was named. Mrs. Thomas was born in "Aunt Mollie's" house, later the first St. Joseph's Hospital. Now we must return Mrs. Thomas' scrap-book'. She has promised it to her grandchildren, and we imagine they're getting anxious because we've had it so long. -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 over the net revenue for 1958-1959. Old-Time Rallies On Lower Wabash By Nixorr-Lodge Club INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana Volunteers for Nixon - Lodge, are planning old - fashioned political rallies Saturday night at a string of bonfires lighted by torch-bearing horsemen along a. 150 - mile stretch of the Wabash River. The rallies, from Montezuma south to near, the mouth of the river, are aimed a stirring up interest in the Midwest Volunteers for Nixon - Lodge gathering at Springfield,' ill., Abraham Lincoln's home, Oct. 15. Local groups will ride to the rallies in surreys and bid for box suppers being auctioned off to raise campaign funds. Indiana leaders arranging the bonfire spectacle are Mrs. Chauncey Baldwin, Mohtezuma,, and AMBULANCE 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. Arkansas has more navigable rivers than any other state of the Union. ' MARGARET VISITS HOSPITAL ALDERSHOT, England (AP)— Princess Margaret went into a maternity Jiospital Friday. _ Her .-visit was purely social. But the princess showed more than the polite interest of a routine royal tour. She carefully examined all the hospital's facilities and asked to see a newborn Ibabv. 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