The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle
1932, 75 years ago
The U.S. Civil Service Commission has announced that an
examination to fill a vacancy in the position of postmaster at
Grantsville will be held at Spencer. The date for holding the
examination has not been fixed but applications will be received until
The salary paid for the Grantsville office is $2,000.
The vacancy in the Grantsville office has existed for
several weeks. Congressman Geo. W. Johnson, upon whose recommendation
the appointment will be made, is having trouble in making up his mind as
to the fitness and records for party service of the many applicants for
the position. W. O. Umstead, Jr., has the backing of a number of members
of the county executive committee as well as a string of letters from
party leaders in various sections of the county. Everett Proudfoot, of
the Wiant and Barr Store, is the personal choice of County Chairman L.
J. Morris. Others who are said to be candidates for the position are C.
A. Witt, Mrs. Alice Marshall Mrs. Dorothy Morrison Fluharty, and R. L.
Hamilton. What pressure the last named applicants can bring to bear on
Congressman Johnson remains to be seen.
Information and forms of application
for taking the civil service examination may be obtained at the local
1957, 50 years ago
Over 50 children have now enrolled at the Grantsville
Civic club playground. This week has been designated as “Wheels Week”.
During the week, each child will decorate something on wheels, and at
6:30 p.m. Friday, on the playground, there will be a parade to present
each child’s creation. All parents and friends are invited to attend
Beginning next week, a “Playground Personality” will be
chosen. This will be some child who has been outstanding in any way on
the playground. A child will be picked every week for the remainder of
A variety of activities is available to every child who
attends the playground. Parents who have not enrolled their children may
still do so.
1982, 25 years ago
With a nice healthy sum in several banks, the proposal
for a recreation facility is back on course, and the Calhoun Parks and
Recreation Committee is ready to start negotiations of some property.
All of the money is private money, many donations from individuals and
businesses who want to see some new recreation facilities in Calhoun
At a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee held
Wednesday, July 14, the president and secretary were authorized to
negotiate with the Propst family for possible purchase of their property
at the end of the North View Road in Grantsville, as well as discussion
with Monongahela Power Co. for a possible exchange for a small amount of
the Propst land which they acquired several years ago for a sub-station.
The power company is to be offered an exchange of lots as one way to
give a better location for their line which runs through the Propst
property as well as for recreation purposes.
With the moving of the proposed industrial site project
from the Smith property adjacent to the Propst property to a site next
to the Bethlehem cemetery, members of the Parks and Recreation Committee
thought that this might be the time to go ahead with a recreation
The Propst property was at one time used as a golf
course and the proposed project would renovate and reuse acreage for
The site as presently being considered would provide
space for several tennis courts, a swimming pool, a recreation building,
playground areas, hiking trails, as well as the golf course.
President Von Yoak and Secretary Treasurer Larry
McCallister were authorized to proceed with negotiations for the
property. Appraisals were done on some of the Propst property when the
Smith property was being considered as an industrial site, and these
values were such that the committee members thought the project could be
started with the present money available.
The Calhoun Parks and Recreation Committee has received
$50,072.05 in donations. This money has been put on deposit in
certificates of deposit, at maximum rates, and has earned $28,239.88
interest, giving the committee a healthy sum to start on the project.
With the prospects looking improved at this time, Yoak said that he
expected more donations to start coming in, and several persons have
indicated interest in providing additional private money.
The Propst property has been bisected by a high voltage
power line, making it unusable for permanent structures under the
100-ft. right-of-way, but suitable for recreation purposes. Any
permanent building, pool, tennis courts, or playground areas would not
be under the power lines, according to plans.
Persons attending the Calhoun Parks and Recreation
committee meeting, in addition to Yoak and McCallister, were Tom Carper,
Larry Morton, Mary Ann Barrows, Mark Lovett and Ronzel Bailey.