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This Week In History, 7-24-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

The state road commission will erect three concrete deck girders across the West Fork on Rt. 16 at Minnora, Orma and Crummies Creek, according to an announcement made from Charleston.


The bridges at Orma and Minnora will each consist of two 45-ft. spans, while that at Crummies Creek will be a single 50-ft. span.


Construction of the stone base of Rt. 16 by the prison labor department of the commission is progressing rapidly, the greater part of the work for Calhoun County being finished. It is expected that the entire road to Ivydale will be fully finished before the snow flies.




  1958, 50 years ago

The Rockettes, Grantsville’s newest talent group, will appear Thursday afternoon on WCHS-TV’s Record Hop program. Later that evening, they will perform at the Middleburg auditorium in Charleston.


The group, composed of Kay VanScoy, Patty Burch, Barbara Gibson and Sherry Rogers, has received recognition several times for their rendition of popular songs. They took first place in a talent contest held in Grantsville last spring, and second in a talent contest held in Parkersburg a few weeks later.




 1983, 25 years ago


Was the “dry run” county bus disaster an exhibition of un-flappable people, working flawlessly under pressure, or was it a comedy of dropped stitches?


Based on comments made at an official critique of the event, all participants--police, fire department, emergency ambulance crews and hospital personnel--got very high marks.


The critique, delivered from a variety of viewpoints, was given by members of the county disaster committee, along with department heads at Calhoun General Hospital. Mayor Joe Virden, co-chairman of the staged disaster, pronounced the drill “an outstanding success.”


“We were not concerned with the fire department and the police effort,” he said. “The most frightening situation was how would the hospital react to the influx of patients over the normal load? The hospital reacted to this abnormal circumstance with characteristic calmness and great organization.”


If the county had to do it all over again, there were two major details Virden said he would do differently. “We were too well prepared,” he said. “The next disaster should be a total surprise, if possible.”

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