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This Week In History, 5-8-08

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

 
1933, 75 years ago

The southern part of Sherman District was visited by a cloud-burst on Monday evening of last week. It did excessive damage to growing crops, according to Clayton T. Stump of Staten, who was a caller at The Calhoun Chronicle office.

 

Rush Run, Bear Fork, Big Run and part of Sycamore received the heaviest downpours, the creeks overflowing their banks and doing great damage to bottomland crops, gardens and homes. On Rush Run, the water quickly rose to an unprecedented stage, flooding the home of S.W. Dobbins and washing away many outbuildings along the stream. On Bear Fork the state road was flooded at the Jas Ball house and six feet of water stood in the Ball house.

 

 

 

  1958, 50 years ago

An advertisement placed in The Calhoun Chronicle by Farmer’s Feed and Supply Center of Grantsville has received national recognition by the Ralston Purina Co. of St. Louis, and was one of five winners in a contest sponsored by that company for its dealers.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shock of received a flash camera outfit as the first place prize winner for February. The ad appeared in the Jan. 30 issue. It was reproduced in the April issue of “Checkergraph,” the monthly magazine published by Ralston Purina. The half-page ad was divided into three sections, one giving results of a pig of parlor on the Lloyd Vaughn farm, another showing Emanuel Hersman feeding some of his fine porkers, and a third devoted to chickens and feed.

 

The ad in the Chronicle was the only one selected in the 6,000 dealer Eastern division. Other winners were from Louisiana, Iowa, Oregon and Idaho. Ralston Purina said that it was conducting the contest on a monthly basis to encourage its dealers to use quality local newspaper advertising that features local information.

 

 

 

          

  1983, 25 years ago

  

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a small house on Wigner Street in Grantsville. Estimated value of the property, owned by Charles and Millie Holbert, was put at $20,000. Within minutes after receiving a call at about 3 a.m., 15 members of the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. responded.

 

Five pieces of fire equipment--two tank trucks, mini-pumper, town pumper and brush truck--were on the scene, but the best the firemen could do was to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to the back ends of three buildings belonging to the Calhoun County board of education.

 

Fire chief Jerry Malona reported that there was water and smoke damage to the maintenance building and another building belonging to the board that had been used to store material belonging to Calhoun Historical Society, along with school supplies.

 

“My men did an outstanding job,” said Malona, “and we thank god for the fact that the fire happened to be near three of the town’s fire hydrants that are in working order. Many hydrants are inoperable, and we would’ve had a lot of trouble containing the fire if we had had to go elsewhere in Grantsville to pump water.”

 

With the fire under control, firemen returned to the fire station towards 6 a.m. About 7:30, they received a second call on the fire. Flames had erupted in a few hot spots and the firemen had to wet down the embers again.

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