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This Week In History, 12-6-07


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


 1932, 75 years ago

Grantsville’s first Christmas outdoor lighting contest is being sponsored by the Woman’s Club, with a prize of $10 for the best Yuletide lighting scheme, $5 for second best decorated home, and $2.50 for third best.


To enter the contest, fill in the entry blank appearing in this issue and mail to Mrs. L.C. Hamilton, or just send her your name, then decorate and light the outside of your home.


Decorations can begin as soon as the family desires and be kept on as long as you wish, but the sponsors require that the decorations be up from Dec. 23- 30, and kept lighted 7 to 9 p.m. during the week of the contest.


The money for the prizes was given to the Woman’s Club by Monongahela West Penn Public Service Co. Entries are to be judged on the basis of simplicity and originality.




  1957, 50 years ago


The Russians are ridiculing some of our claims of greatness in the rocket and missiles field. As every reader knows, U.S. officials and some military figures have been bragging on our missiles and rockets pro-gram ever since the Russians proved to the world that they were far ahead of us by launching two earth satellites.

Dr. Werner von Braun, Dr. John Teller, Dr. John P. Hagen. Gen. James H. Doolittle and others have spoken bluntly to Americans in a fashion which we think is both desirable and beneficial. They do not try to beat around the bush but tell Americans that they face a mortal threat and are behind and the times dictate an all-out effort to recover the initiative to catch up with the Russians in the rocket and missile field.


While we resent any ridicule or criticism from the Russians, who have little regard for the truth and cannot be relied upon to paint an accurate picture of the situation, their ridicule brings a smile to our lips.



  1982, 25 years ago


A total of 739 deer were killed this year by gun hunters in the season that ended at sundown on Dec. 4, as reported unofficially by Calhoun County’s six game checking stations. This is an increase of 233 over the 1981 count, which came to 506.


The six stations also reported 142 deer killed so far by bow and arrow hunters. The season, which started on Oct. 16, lasts until Dec. 31. Expectations are that there will not be much increase in bow kills by the end of the season.

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