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This Week In History, 5-1-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

San Francisco--Despite the trend of modern times and independent ideas, double beds have retained their popularity among housewives, a department store survey revealed.


More than 5,000 San Francisco women were questioned on the matter and 35 percent of them were in favor of the old-fashioned bed, while 37 percent preferred twin beds. The remaining 28 percent couldn’t make up their minds.





  1958, 50 years ago

In recent years, it has been the vogue in the U.S. for farmers to kill hawks on site, and the popular notion has grown that hawks kill chickens and other domesticated birds or animals.


It is now stated by many authorities that hawks seldom attack chickens or other farm possessions unless driven to such practices at the point of starvation. Hawks keep down rodents, which do the farmer far more damage, than he would experience from the occasional loss of a chicken.


We do not pose as wild game experts, and we are certainly subject to error in drawing any conclusions on the habits of wild game, but if an injustice is being done to the hawk, it might be well for farmers to check with those who know the answers before joining in a drive to wipe out this or that breed of wild animal or bird.


It has been found--after humans had almost made this or that wild creature extinct--that the creature was put on earth for a purpose after all, and that the elimination merely resulted in the rising of another problem quite often more serious than the first.





  1983, 25 years ago


Calhoun County’s senior citizens have a spanking new, shiny white bus that arrived in Grantsville just in time to avert a crisis. The old green bus, a 1977 Ford with over 80,000 miles, needs a new wheel bearing and suffers other vehicular infirmities. The new bus was put into service immediately, permitting the transportation program to continue without cancellations.


A three-person delegation from CCCOA was present in front of the State Capitol to receive the keys to the new 12-seat, ramp-equipped Dodge Ram. Representing Calhoun were Ernest Hosey, CCCOA treasurer, project director Rod Engle, and driver Kenneth Harris.


Cost of the new bus was $14,625, but it cost the senior citizens project only $2,925 in matching funds. Delivery of the bus was the culmination of a grant application that started two years ago. Anticipating that the 1977 bus would eventually need to be replaced, CCCOA board of directors launched a fund drive to raise the matching funds. The grant was approved, with 80% of the funds coming from W.Va. Commission on Aging and Federal monies.


Engle said the new bus would be used, along with the center’s silver bus, to provide transportation throughout Calhoun County. Seniors have priority use of the buses, but, if there are empty seats, the new bus will provide rides for other passengers, with focus on those confined to wheelchairs, who would not otherwise have a way to travel.

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