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This Week In History, 6-19-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

A considerable number of the acts of the regular legislature session are to go into effect this week, including an interest rate on loans under $300.


The measure calls for three and one-half percent a month interest on the first $150 and two percent on the second $150. The present law is two percent. The house of delegates passed a measure to restore the present rate, but it failed in the senate.


Automobile license plates and road signs are to be manufactured at the state penitentiary under another act. They are now made at a state plant in Nitro. Pointing out that the legislature failed to make appropriation for removing the plant, members of the board of control said they would ask an opinion of the attorney general on what to do.


It was estimated some time ago that the cost of moving the plant would be about $30,000. The act ordering the change calls for the impeachment of state officials who fail to comply with its provisions. An effort was made in the special session to repeal the regular session bill, but the move died in the house.


Other measures will place paid city firemen, except in Parkersburg, Clarksburg and Fairmont, under civil service; make the state treasurer custodian of the school fund; and require contractors on public improvements to pay prevailing wage scale to employees.



  1958, 50 years ago

After July 1, members of the county court of this county will receive $12.50 monthly instead of $25 heretofore paid them, in addition to their per diem of $2.


The legislature passed a bill that does away with road inspection after the state takes charge of county roads on July 1, but allows compensation for inspecting jails, homes for the poor, bridges and detention homes. In all cases, the sums are much lower than the tax law formerly allowed for road inspections.


The original plan was to repeal the law allowing money for inspection and give commissioners nothing but the $2 a day.


The bill calls for payment in counties of less than 30,000 population of $12.50 a month; 30,000 to 50,000, $50; 50,000 to 100,000, $85; and over 100,000, $106.25.




 1983, 25 years ago


If present arrangements hold, Gov. Jay Rockefeller will launch Calhoun County’s industrial park project on June 16 at 1:30 p.m. Plans call for the governor to fly by helicopter to Grantsville and meet with county officials on the site of the proposed industrial park. He will turn over documents guaranteeing a $104,000 loan to Calhoun Development Corp.


With the funds, CDC will be able to purchase the 32 acres  set aside for the project, and, possibly next month, begin the grading and earth-moving necessary to prepare the grounds for the first tenants.

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