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John F. Kennedy, center, is pictured with these unidentified men during his Sept. 22, 1960, presidential campaign stop in Mitchell. (Daily Republic file photo)1 / 5
Then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arrive in Mitchell around 4 p.m. Sept. 22, 1960, about 1-1/2 hours behind schedule. Approximately 500 people were there to see Kennedy’s arrival; the paper reported some had been waiting since 1:30 in the afternoon. (Daily Republic file photo)2 / 5
John F. Kennedy makes his way into Mitchell during his Sept. 22, 1960, presidential campaign stop at the Corn Palace. The Daily Republic reported at the time of his visit that Kennedy addressed a crowd of 6,500 people, with about 5,000 people “jammed to the rafters” inside the Palace and another 1,500 outside. (Daily Republic file photo)3 / 5
Pictured are members of the Dakota Wesleyan Democrats, carrying signs bearing slogans like “Vote for Jack,” “Vote Democratic” and “We Back Jack!” on Sept. 22, 1960, as part of John F. Kennedy's visit to Mitchell during his presidential campaign. The paper reported that the sign bearers were sprinkled throughout the indoor and outdoor crowds, some parading back and forth during the event. (Daily Republic file photo)4 / 5
John F. Kennedy visits with, from left, Dianne, Janet, Kathy and Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters during his Sept. 22, 1960, visit to the Corn Palace as part of his presidential campaign. The Lennon Sisters were a popular singing act at the time, and had performed at the Corn Palace. (Daily Republic file photo)5 / 5
Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
 
Three years prior to his death, the then-senator and presidential candidate made his only stop in Mitchell at the Corn Palace, with friend and supporter George McGovern, a Mitchell native and then a congressman, on Sept. 22, 1960. The Daily Republic covered the event with a headline that read “Food is Strength, Freedom And Peace, Kennedy Tells CP Crowd.” 
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 The images on this page were taken by Daily Republic staffers at the time, including Art Raymond and Jim Wilson.
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