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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 1932, 75 years ago

News comes from Washington, D.C., with the welcome information that one of our citizens, Bernard H. Ayers, has been favored with the good fortune to receive a United States letters patent for an automatic producing valve.


The valve is adaptable for oil and gas wells and is used for controlling the fluid flowing from such wells. The mechanical structure of the valve is very simple and its operation is automatic in nature. The salient feature of the invention is to utilize the valve in removing fluids from oil and gas wells without wasting any gas.


It has the added advantage of saving the cost of a pumping outfit and also a large amount of labor. The valve is controlled by a float, which rises or falls with the amount of fluid in the valve, thereby opening or closing the valve automatically.

  1957, 50 years ago

Fewer dental cavities may be experienced by a future generation of Grantsville citizens thanks to the action of the Grantsville town council, which voted to add a minute particle of fluoride to the town’s water supply.

Recognized only in about the last 15 years as a way to prevent tooth decay, the adding of fluoride to the water in no way affects the taste or other properties of the water, according to authorities who have studied the matter. It is found in the natural state in some water systems, and has been found that there were less than normal amounts of tooth decay.

The presence of fluoride in its natural state, and in the exact recommended proportion, was found in several wells in the Arnoldsburg section. The discovery was made after investigation following dental check-ups by members of the Arnoldsburg 4-H club.

Health officials emphasize that the fluoridation of water will not be of any significant help to adults, but point to the benefits received by future generations.

  1982, 25 years ago

  Mary Ann Barrows wrote about her retirement from the Chronicle: “I expect to continue to live in Calhoun County, to be an active member of the community. This is a farewell only to a job which has been interesting all the way, yes, even fun most of the time, and I have loved it all. There are many friends I won’t see as often, but they will always be in my heart, will be remembered for the rest of my life. It is a pleasant farewell for everyone.”

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