Rushville Republican

News

November 22, 2013

Former Speaker recalls witnessingJFK's assassination

WEATHERFORD, Texas — Jim Wright remembers the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated like no other, riding only five car lengths behind Kennedy’s open convertible when a rifle shot struck down the nation’s 35th president.

The tragedy, said Wright, who turns 91 in a month, forever changed his political world that revolved around representing Texas’ 12th congressional district for 34 years, including two years as the Speaker of the House.

In a phone interview with the Weatherford, Tex., Democrat, Wright recalled that Nov. 22, 1963, started out as “a marvelous day” when he greeted the president that morning in Fort Worth.

“It was an emotional high seeing our president, hearing him and his speech at the [Fort Worth] Chamber of Commerce breakfast,” said Wright. “There was optimism and upbeat hope.”

Afterwards, Wright, Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife and others joined Kennedy and the first lady aboard Air Force One for the 13-minute flight from Carswell Air Force Base to Love Field in Dallas.

“While on board, the president asked Gov. Connally and myself to come and sit with him in his private quarters,” Wright recalled. “He asked us to explain the pushes that led to the development of Fort Worth and Dallas, and why the two towns were as different as they were.

“We were doing our best to tell him what we knew and what we could put together on that subject. When the plane landed, the president looked at us and said, ‘We must continue this conversation this afternoon on the way to Austin.’”

It would be Wright’s last conversation with Kennedy.

“That day was an emotional roller coaster,” Wright recalled. “Before it was over, it had us all down in the lowest level of despondency.”

Traveling in the sixth car in the presidential motorcade headed for the Trade Mart, where Kennedy was to speak at a luncheon, Wright recalled the crowd along the 10-mile route from Love Field.

Text Only
News
  • nws-rv042514-barnes for council pic Barnes running for County Council District 3 Local business owner and long-time resident Scott Barnes has decided to throw his hat into the ring to run for County Council in District 3. A 1994 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School, Scott and his wife of 15 years, Mandy, have come back

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bomb threat in Knightstown According to Cindy Hartman of the Indiana State Police Pendleton post, the Indiana State Police are assisting the Knightstown Police Department in the investigation of a bomb threat at Knightstown Intermediate School in Knightstown. The threat was re

    April 24, 2014

  • 1 nws-rv042514-maggard arrest pic Rushville Man out on bond

    GREENSBURG — A Rushville man who bonded out of the Decatur County Jail Monday afternoon after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 cash bond is facing serious charges related to an incident Saturday night in Greensburg in which he allegedly, among other

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • How to deal with nuisance wild animals Most people enjoy watching wildlife and sometimes even interacting with critters on occasion. One of my favorite activities is keeping the bird feeder well supplied and seeing Hoosier song birds up close and personal. Sometimes there are situations w

    April 22, 2014

  • Briefs Obituaries Marvin Cox, 67 Larry Dean Maupin, 68 Michael Tungate, 60 Thanks! The Rushville Republican thanks the following persons for their subscription to and support of this newspaper: John Owen Alan Amos Events Not-for-profits may submit upcoming

    April 22, 2014

  • 1 nws rv 042214 dark aisles Library continues 'It's overdue, renew' campaign Since the Rushville Public Library opened its doors in 1910, the library has been through changes. The original library was a two-room facility located in the county courthouse. In the late 1920's, a combination of public and private monies funded th

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 1 fd glenwood 042214 pic Improvements made to Glenwood Community Center Thanks in large part to a Rush County Community Foundation Grant (RCCFG), the Glenwood Community Center recently had new windows installed. The center was built in 1970 and has served the rural community since that time as a meeting site for the town

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1 fd comms 042214 pic 'Chicken Ordinance' returned to BZA unsigned Meeting for the second time in their new home, the Assembly Room of the county courthouse, the county commissioners needed the additional space as a result of the number of those in attendance Monday. A number of those on hand came to voice their con

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2 nws-rv-042214-Mohr candidacy pic Gerald Mohr announces candidacy for County Council District One Gerald Mohr is married to Anita (Smith) Mohr and they are parents to Brian (Katie) Mohr and Brett (Andrea) Mohr. They are proud grandparents to Hailey, Spencer, Carter and Asha Mohr. Gerald started his career in Rush County upon graduation from India

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meal time request, 'May I be excused from the table please?' In a day and age filled with fast food dining and other meals consumed on the living room coffee table, I grew up in a different time. My mother and father were rigid about a number of things, but few things had my attention more than at meal times.

    April 22, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.