This week in history

Louis Bennett Jr. is born in Weston on Sept. 22, 1894. Bennett was West Virginia’s only World War I flying ace.

William ‘‘Bill’’ Blizzard is born on Sept. 19, 1892, in Cabin Creek. Blizzard became one of West Virginia’s most influential and controversial labor leaders of the 20th century.

Ken Hechler turns 99 this week. He was born on Long Island, N.Y., on Sept. 20, 1914. Hechler served 18 years in the U.S. Congress and four terms as secretary of state. Turn to Page B9 for a column by Hechler on how he came to West Virginia.

Louis Bennett Jr. was born in Weston on Sept. 22, 1894. Bennett was West Virginia’s only World War I flying ace. Originally part of the Army, the Air Force on Sept. 18, 1947, becomes an independent branch of the nation’s armed forces.

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