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This Week In History, 1-24-08

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

 
1932, 75 years ago

 

The person with the cold, so often maligned by his neighbor, is not the only germ spreader.

 

There are a hundred and one ways in which germs can be picked up.

 

A baby in Chicago became ill with what was at first believed to be the whooping cough. A diagnosis revealed a rare and dangerous infection with the Egyptian blood worm. Where did the infection come from? The child had never been in Egypt. It was traced to the snails in the parlor aquarium with the goldfish.

 

Recruits in barracks in the British navy got what medical officers believed to be too many cases of colds, influenza and similar diseases. Experts traced this to infected dishwater.

 

Capt. S.T. Dudley, the officer responsible for the condemnation of dishwater as a potent spreader of germs, believes that germs left by individuals get into dishwater, and thence on to some supposedly clean utensils for someone else to use.

 

Women cleaning rabbits have developed a germ disease which research has shown to be common in rabbits and other animals. A man in California contracted it from a coyote.

 

A Philadelphia hospital has barred daisies, because a certain kind of small, black bug that is often found in the daisy’s yellow heart, is believed to be able to spread another kind of dangerous germ. 

 

 

  1957, 50 years ago

District conservation officer J. Allen Woodburn of Middlebourne has announced that 82 arrests were made in December for violations of the game, fish and forestry laws. There were three hunting accidents.

 

He also reported that 14 warning citations were issued and 55 investigations made in the 18 counties making up the district. Officers walked a total of 581 miles on foot patrol and worked 4,733 hours investi-gating violations.

 

 

              

          

  1982, 25 years ago

   

The battle is over. After seven months of bitter controversy, an anti-administration coalition has won total control of Calhoun General Hospital.

 

The 16 newly-added trustees succeeded in firing administrator Kay Wriston. Five days earlier, they had reorganized the board of trustees and fired the incumbent vice president. Two weeks earlier, they had forced the resignation of board president Peter J. Zannoni.

 

With their main objectives accomplished, the new powers at the hospital had only one major problem left--somehow to win the war to save the hospital from going out of business.

 

Immediate problems facing the board range from a financial crises, to the need to fire or reduce staff. At least five more trustees are expected to resign shortly. Two lawsuits have been filed, with more expected.

 

The sequence of the dramatic power takeover began at a special meeting on Jan. 12 when the 10 new trustees won majorities in roll call elections to fill two vacant offices on the board.

 

Rex McCartney, running against Von Yoak, won the presidency in a 17-7 vote.      For secretary treasurer, Alvin Engelke won over Vonda Gunn, 16-7, with one abstention.

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