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This Week In History, 6-5-08

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

 
1933, 75 years ago

Old newspapers have become something more than a nuisance to an aged Oklahoma couple.

 

Two years ago, John Westfall discovered that some old newspapers had fallen into a tub containing a little water and had turned to pulp. It gave him an idea.

 

By pounding them and draining the pulp, then mixing in a little paste, he had an attractive rough finish for the wall vases his wife was making.

 

“John, that looks just like the bark on the trees back home in Kentucky,” Mrs. Westfall told him. Another idea clicked.

 

By a series of experiments with paints and pine frames, Westfall evolved a type of furniture completely rustic and surprisingly strong. Only close inspection will show that it is not built of rough, unfinished wood, bark and all, as the product might have appeared before going through the paper mill. The coloring and texture has been so closely copied that it is difficult to tell the artificial from the real.

 

The couple plans to send some of their handiwork to the Chicago World’s Fair.

 

 

 

  1958, 50 years ago

More entertainment is coming to Hersman’s Recreation Center at Stumptown. In addition to a star wrestling show on Thursday, there will be a big Saturday night program featuring Mountain State Hillbillies, Burnt Ridge Quartet, Acord Trio, Roy Keaton, and Hum and the Humdingers with Clem.

 

Garnet Hersman, owner, adds new attractions each year to make it a favorite gathering place. There are three lakes, with swimming, boating, fishing, picnic tables, outdoor fireplaces, concession stand, bath houses, and large showroom.

 

 

 

          

  1983, 25 years ago

  Despite a very tight budget, the five members of the board of education took a collective deep breath, and, although the board has barely two-thirds of the money needed for additional classrooms at Brooksville and Minnora schools, decided to advertise for bids on the new construction.

 

They also gave preliminary approval for $2,500 in financial assistance for the financially pressed Calhoun Library, and, after a 58-minute executive session, approved all but two   of the school superintendent’s recommendations on hiring.

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