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This Week In History, 10-25-07


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 1932, 75 years ago

Arrangements for the big county-wide rat banquet coming in November are almost completed. The county agent reports that many people are taking advantage of this opportunity to get rid of rats, and that orders for the new rat baits are pouring into the office.


If everyone in the county having a rat infestation will cooperate in this campaign, many thousands of dollars will be saved by farmers and other persons.


It is estimated that the labor of 200,000 men is required to produce the food and property destroyed by rats in the U.S. It is hoped this campaign will reduce Calhoun County’s share of the $100,000,000 loss each year in this country.



  1957, 50 years ago

Hunters of the wild turkey on national forest lands in 1956 spent more than $1,000 for each bird harvested, according to an article in the November issue of West Virginia Conservation magazine.


Wayne Bailey, author of the piece, said that sample checks on one national forest area showed that hunters spent $73,000 in pursuit of the wily game and harvested 72 birds, for an average expenditure of better than $1,000 per bird.


Deer hunters using the wildlife management units on the national forest in 1956 spent some $500,000 and harvested 2,661 deer, averaging $188 per deer.


Sample checks of bear hunters on the national forest indicated that 1,000 hunters spent $20,000 and harvested five bears, for an average of $5,000 per bear.




  1982, 25 years ago


There’s a large brown circle about 15 feet in diameter to mark the spot off from the corner of the courthouse where once stood Grantsville’s noble Norway Spruce. Last week, the dead tree was cut down and the stump removed by Jim Richards, courthouse custodian, and a crew.


The Chronicle reported last week that the probable cause of death was lack of water and nutrients. That was the educated diagnosis offered by a state botanist in Morgantown after county agent Larry McCallister submitted for analysis a limb of the spruce. McCallister also submitted a soil sample collected from beneath the tree and the results of the test are in.


The report, prepared by biologist Sherri F. Crum, states: “There were 5.0 ppm picloram (Tordon) present in the soil sample tested. No broadleaf plants will grow in the area for probably 2-3 years; only grasses. Test soil each year if you want to grow any broadleaf plants.”


Some ugly questions remain unanswered. Did someone deliberately throw Tordon pellets around the base of Grantsville’s noble Norway Spruce? Who might do such a thing? And why?

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