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Mifflin James Campbell, one of the original members of the popular 1930s an

April 8, 1995 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Mifflin James Campbell, one of the original members of the popular 1930s and ’40s singing group the Ink Spots, died of cancer Sunday. He was 89.

The Ink Spots, founded in 1932, were known for their tight vocal harmonies and the hit song ``To Each His Own.″

Campbell also was a member of the Riff Brothers, forerunners of the Ink Spots.

Campbell came out of retirement in 1988 to perform with the Ink Spots.

William Ely

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) _ William F. Ely, president and co-publisher of the Silver City Daily Press, died Thursday. He was 82.

Ely’s parents bought the Independent, a weekly newspaper in 1934 and converted it to a daily, the Silver City Daily Press the following year.

Ely and his wife, Betty, also were co-publishers of the Independent Publishing Co. Inc.

He was a member of the New Mexico Press Association, the National Newspaper Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Christina; two sons, Clyde and West Lorier; and three grandchildren.

Elanor Hammond Hoff

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) _ Eleanor Hammond Hoff, believed to be the first person ever to try on nylon stockings, died Wednesday at age 95.

Her husband, the late G. Preston Hoff, directed the nylon research at the DuPont Experimental Station in suburban Wilmington, Del.

In the 1930s he brought home a pair of stockings for her to test. She wasn’t impressed. Those test stockings, unlike today’s sheer nylons, were very heavy.

Tony Wise

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Tony Wise, an internationally renowned promoter of cross-country skiing, died Thursday. He was 74.

In 1973, Wise started the American Birkebeiner ski race. The ``Birkie,″ run on the last Saturday of February, is the largest ski race in North America, drawing 6,500 entrants this year.

In the late ’70s, Wise created the Worldloppet series of long-distance races, uniting the major race in each European and Scandinavian ski nation with their North American counterparts.

Wise founded Telemark Ski Area in Cable, Wis., in 1947. He was named to the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1988.