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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1932, 75 years ago

Shirley M. Hosey, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Hosey, of Big Bend, who is enrolled in Uncle Sam’s army of civilian foresters writes the following letter from Camp Coppernale, Calif.:

Dear Editor,

I would like to inform the people of Calhoun of a very interesting trip we took on July 15 to Mt. Lasses, the only active volcano in the U.S. There are trails from the bottom of the mountain to the top, a distance of two and a half miles. There are boiling springs on top of the mountain and in some places the snow is ten feet deep. It is wonderful what the Almighty can do. Mt. Lasses is 10,453 feet high.

I will tell you something about our camp. There are 225 men, who construct roads, fire-trails, telephone lines and build fences. We have radio, canteen, shower-bath and library. It is the best camp in California.

You have got to give it to the West Virginia boys. There are 24 men standing fire guard and their leaders from Calhoun are Frank Phillips and Shirley M. Hosey. The work is not hard unless there is a fire. For myself, I have worked five days in July, but give me the West Virginia hills.

Yes, I will tell you about the deer. I saw 22 one day. There is an old Mr. Bear who comes down to the spring every morning or so. Plenty of coyotes, you can hear them howl anytime. Well, Mr. Editor, I will ring off.


1957, 50 years ago

A decision to continue the Calhoun hospital building program was made by members of the county court. Members of the citizens hospital committee, an advisory group, met with the court to determine what course of action should be taken.

It was regarded that the plans as drawn by the architect were far in excess of what the county could afford under the present bonding system, and that further consultation should be made with other architects.

A ceiling of three percent was placed for the bond election on the amount of interest to be paid. The county finds itself in the same position as the state which had no buyers of bonds bearing rates of three percent for the Korean bonus bonds.


1982, 25 years ago

Susan Carey, a reporter for Wall Street Journal, visited Calhoun a few months ago for a story published last week about what the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has done or not done for the county.

Visiting in the county for two days didn’t make Carey an instant expert on Calhoun. She interviewed a number of people, and perhaps picked out of context what they said. Yes, there may be some homes with “nothing but a dirt floor and tar paper over the windows” as Ron Blankenship said, but there are many more well-kept houses in all sections, and the tar paper shacks are well in the minority.

 Yes, as Earl Nicholson said, “There’s quite a movement going on,” referring to an influx of former Calhoun people returning from the big cities where, as he said, “People return to the hollows where they grew up in to exist on the family farm and raise vegetables.” Now isn’t it wonderful that there is a family farm where they can do just that when times are hard?

Perhaps Von Yoak said it best, because Carey ends her essay by quoting him. He said, “When you get a little Calhoun County in your blood, it’s hard to let go.”


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