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This Week In History, 6-26-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

Mrs. Charles L. Fortier of Milwaukee, Wisc., daughter of Christopher L. Sholes, inventor of the typewriter, and the first woman typist in the world, participated in the celebration marking the 60th anniversary of her father’s invention. Although near 80, she is still an expert typist and has never been without a machine since 1866.



  1958, 50 years ago

The Grantsville playground, a project of the Grantsville Civic Club, is set to open June 23, and continue for a six-week period. A complete program has been arranged, with a theme for each week, offering many interesting activities for the children of the area. Annabelle McHenry will be director, assisted by Terry D’Orazio and Mike Vaughan.


It will open each morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Pre-school children will have a special play period with activities designed for their interests. Children of grades one, two and three will make up one group for crafts and games. Children of grades four, five and six will make up the last group. The two older groups will study dramatic and folk games, as well  as having crafts and team games.


Last year’s playground was well received by the community. Many organizations helped in establishing the work and improving facilities. The Civic Club finances the playground with a budget of $250.




 1983, 25 years ago

The automatic cost of living increase, effective each July, will be delayed for six months, according to Ronald J. King, manager of the Parkersburg Social Security office, who said this is because of a recent law designed to strengthen the Social Security system.


Purpose of the delay is to save the system money and to help it regain financial strength. Economic conditions have caused severe financial problems. Although the increase of 3½% does not seem like a lot, the delay of six months will result in a savings of several billion dollars.


King said that the law providing for this delay is a small part of an overall package designed to meet the long-term financial problems of Social Security, as well as the short-term problems.

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