WOMEN: Champ

Various people will remember 1939 for various things: as the year War II started, when Congressman Martin Dies exposed the Red menace, when Joe Louis beat Tony Galento, when Al Capone got out of jail. Mrs. E. M. Noble, of Minneapolis, Minn., will remember it as the year she crocheted 117,000 feet of thread into a 10' 6" by 6' 4" tablecloth with 2,000,000 patient little stitches and won the crochet championship of the U. S. Prize: $250 in cash, a trip to Manhattan, a gold crochet hook.

One of her 2,300 competitors and winner of the men's divisions:...

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