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Parkersburg Sentinel
May 9, 1960

Kennedy Pays Final Visit to Parkersburg

Presidential Candidate Winding Up Campaign

United States Senator John F. Kennedy, seeking the Democratic nomination for president, is "campaigning in West Virginia to the zero hour." He made his third personal bid for Parkersburg and area votes here this afternoon.

Kennedy is spending the final day before the West Virginia primary election here, Huntington and Charleston.

Arriving at the Wood County Airport from Huntington early this afternoon, he was met by a large and enthusiastic crowd of followers and admirers. He spent this morning campaigning in Huntington and other towns of Cabell County.

Senator Kennedy's schedule here called for luncheon at the Blennerhassett Hotel at 1:30 p.m., a visit to the American Viscose Corp. plant where he was to greet workers at the plant gate; to greet Parkersburg High School students on the campus about 3:25 p.m. and a visit to Storck's Bakery.

A parade at 4:10 p.m. was scheduled to be staged beginning at the Spring Street entrance of PHS, headed by the PHS Big Red Band.

The parade, with a police escort in advance, was routed down 19th St. to Market, down Market to 6th and up 6th to the Park-a-loft. There he again met voters and spoke briefly. A concert was scheduled by the Big Red Band.

Following his talk, scheduled for 5:10 p.m., at the Park-a-Loft, Sen. Kennedy and party will leave by air for Charleston.

Arrangements for the final visit of Kennedy here before tomorrow's primary election were made by Attorney William Richardson, Mrs. Margaret Biddle and Robert McDonough, state campaign director for Sen. Kennedy.

Senator Kennedy, in a appearance Sunday, May 1 at an ox roast at Parkersburg's City Park, drew one of the largest, if not the largest crowds of his campaign up to that time. A throat infection hampered his speaking at that time, but Richardson said yesterday that he has since recovered his voice.

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