Forty-five years ago today, on November 17, 1972, a Todd County plane crash took the lives of 10 prominent Madison County citizens. Two of the 10 were employees of The Richmond Register — James A. House, 21, who was city editor of The Richmond Register, and Russell Watson Jr., 26, who was a member of The Register’s advertising staff.
The 10 had been to Hopkinsville for a football game between Madison High and Trigg County.
Other passengers included Charles Shackelford, 29, an assistant county attorney; Hugh Robbins, 32, an attorney; George Lyttle Vernon, 29, an employee of IBM in Lexington; Maurice Mundy, 36, owner of a Richmond car wash; Ben Robinson Jr., 27, who worked with his father at a beer distributorship and an ice company; J.D. Frankenberger, 25, owner of a Richmond liquor store; David Gooslin, 26, an employee of Central Vending Co.; and Joe Hunter, 57, a liquor store owner.
At noon today, the City of Richmond will unveil a commemorative marker to the 10 men. The unveiling of a new commemorative marker for the Nov. 17, 1972, crash will be at Irvine McDowell Park in Richmond.