Milestones, Dec. 19, 1949

Divorced. Adlai Stevenson, 49, Illinois' Democratic governor; by Ellen Borden Stevenson, 40, socialite heiress (oil) of a Republican family; after 21 years of marriage, three sons; in a secret hearing in Las Vegas, Nev.

Died. Edward Towner Leech, 57, who as editor of the Pittsburgh Press (daily circ. 265,073) made it Scripps-Howard's richest property; after an operation; in Pittsburgh.

Died. Huddle Ledbetter ("Lead Belly"), sixtyish, badman minstrel who brought unwritten Negro folk ballads and work songs to cafe society and the concert halls of Manhattan and Paris; of a bone infection; in Manhattan....

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