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Mineral Daily News Tribune
April 19, 1960

Humphrey To Visit Here Tuesday

Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, Democratic presidential candidate, will pay a visit to Keyser on Tuesday, April 26, according to an announcement by Forrest Talbott who was here today making preliminary arrangements for the tour.

Sen. Humphrey's campaign tour on Tuesday will begin in Fairmont at 8 AM, continue to Harper's Ferry via Grafton, Fellowsville, Kingwood, Terra Alta, Keyser, Romney, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg and Charles Town.

Talbott, who is assistant Secretary of State for the state of Minnesota, is erving as Humphrey's tour manager for the Eastern Panhandle and as a free-lance campaigner. He said the senator would appear in Keyser about 11:14 AM with further details to be announced later.

Chairman of his speech and luncheon engagement in Romney will be O. W. Snarr, retired president of Moorehead State College, Moorhead, Minn., who now resides in Hampshire County.

The campaigner will travel, as usual, in a chartered bus bringing with him his own small string band and singers to help entertain the crowds.

On Monday he will be in Charleston and from there will travel to Fairmont via Summersville, Craigsville, Webster Springs, Buckhannon, and Philippi.

Following his first bus tours through southern West Virginia Humphrey expressed himself as being highly pleased with the cordial reception accorded him everywhere.

"West Virginians are my kind of people," declared. "They have been unjustly reviled and scoffed by some of the big-city publications in the east. But West Virginia is not a dying state, as one magazine has claimed. It is a state which needs a break. West Virginians are not illiterate, as some have contended. I find these mountain people alert and well-informed. It will be my pleasure to shake hands with as many of them as possible before the election," Humphrey said.

Talbott, who was born in Fairmont in 1916, lived there until 1938 when he moved to Weirton. He was graduated from Fairmont State College in 1938 and taught history and social studies at Weirton High School from 1938 t0 1942.

He received his master's degree in 1942 from the University of Minnesota, writing his thesis in history on the Negro Legal Rights in W. Va., and was active in the West Virginia Classroom Teachers Association immediately after its founding.

He taught history in both Minnesota and Iowa and became Secretary of State of Minnesota in February of 1958.

His sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank Talbott, of Newport News, Va., is the former Miss Mary Alice Wolford, of Keyser.

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