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This Week In History, 1-17-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1932, 75 years ago


Visitors to the city jail in St. Louis, Mo., will be “searched” when installation of the jail’s electric detectograph is completed. It is a device consisting of two cabinets placed on each side of a doorway leading into the jail corridor. When a person carrying a weapon or some other metal object of similar size passes between the cabinets, the reaction lights an electric bulb and rings a bell in the jailer’s office. 




  1957, 50 years ago

There are 103 local businesses in Calhoun County, according to Dun and Bradstreet, Inc., the credit rating people, with requests going to that number for information for its reference book.


Each business is rated according to financial strength or capital, and financial stability and payment record. The information is used in establishing credit ratings.




  1982, 25 years ago


O.G. “Good” Bennett, Grantsville’s guardian and head feeder of resident ducks on the Little Kanawha River, fell and broke a leg while feeding the ducks. The accident occurred when Bennett was descending the steep bank in front of his River Street residence to tend his waterfowl.


An examination at Calhoun General Hospital’s emergency room established that Bennett had broken his leg in two places, but it could not be set in a cast immediately because of extensive swelling. By Sunday evening, members of the family had arranged to transfer Bennett to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg for further treatment and physical therapy.


In his absence, arrangements were being made to have members of the Bennett family and neighbors continue to feed the ducks.

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