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Nigh


A  Central  Indiana  Newspaper
1979
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DR AND MRS NIGH
TO CELEBRATE 50TH
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FAIRLAND, IND - Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Nigh will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception for friends and relatives September 16 from 2 to 5 PM at Fairland United Methodist Church.  Dr. Nigh and his bride,  Ariel Joyce Bridgford, were married September 12, 1929, at Acton Baptist Church.  The couple has a daughter,  Marilyn Beattey  of Indianapolis and four grandchildren. Dr. Nigh retired after practicing medicine 40 years.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


A  Central  Indiana  Newspaper
September 9, 1952
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FAIRLAND DOCTOR HAS
PERSONAL MEETING WITH
IKE AT CAPITAL
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          Dr. R. M. Nigh  of Fairland was among those who greeted GOP presidential nominee  Dwight D. Eisenhower  today as the candidate visited the Hoosier capital.  An interview at noon between the doctor and Eisenhower was planned for a little reminiscing.  Dr. Nigh was one of four soldiers who, on January 1, 1944, flew with Ike from the Mediterranean to "the states."  The General had been called back to Washington for a secret conference with top officials on invasion preparations.  Captain Nigh, a patient in the 24th General Hospital in Oran, Africa, was awaiting transportation back to the country by hospital ship.  On December 31, 1943, the doctor of the ward approached him saying a telegram from "headquarters" had ordered him prepared for flight.  He was flown from Oran to Maricach, French Morocco, with three other patients, another captain, a lieutenant and a sergeant.  At two o'clock on New Year's morning, the four "were tagged like baggage" and strapped into beds aboard a four - motor C-54 transport.  None had been informed that "top brass" was to board, and all strained at the straps to jump to attention when the general, his aid, and the general's Scottie dog stepped on.  "He is a great humanitarian, and an honest, human American," Dr Nigh said. "He boarded the plane with a sack of apples, knowing that none of us had seen fresh fruit for months."  After the initial introductions, Ike sat beside each man and visited, talked about their homes, his own mother back in Kansas, and with Dr. Nigh, chatted about Indiana.  The plane landed in the Azores for refueling and breakfast.  During flight from there to Bermuda the weather was rough and boredom was setting in.  General Eisenhower and his aide suggested a game of bridge.  "None of the four of us thought we were good enough to play, so we drew straws," the doctor said. "Not only did I draw a short one to play, I drew another short one and was his partner."  In Bermuda, Ike treated the men to another first in months - hamburgers and milk.  Twenty - one hours after taking off in Africa, the plane landed at the National Airport in Washington, DC.  Before leaving the plane, Eisenhower pledged the men to secrecy concerning his US presence until it was officially announced that he was back in London.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
March 6, 1944
Page 1
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Mother Sees Son on
Screen in Theatre
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          Mrs. Gene Cole,  of near Morristown, probably had the "thrill of a lifetime recently.  She and Mrs.[?] Cole attended a theatre in Indianapolis witnessing the Marine picture, "Gung Ho," which portrays the capture of Makin island.
          And onto the screen flashed a picture of her son,  Corp D. D. Nigh,  of Uncle Sam's Marines.  He was shown as an instructor in the art of Ju Jitsu and also a top man in a pyramid of men doing calisthenics.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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