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This Week In History, 7-31-08

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1933, 75 years ago

 

 

A 10 cent increase in the price of oil was announced by purchasing agents, bringing the price of West Virginia oil in Eureka lines to $1.97.

 

This is the ninth increase in price since May 22, when our grade of oil was listed at 92 cents. The price is now the highest since October, 1930, but lacks a whole lot of the $6.10 prevailing in 1919-21.

 

 

 

  1958, 50 years ago

During the summer, drowning is a greater threat to children than polio, pneumonia, heart disease, tuberculosis, and influenza combined. Approximately 7,000 people in the U.S. die each year by drowning.

 

It has been estimated that 90 percent of them die needlessly. A great many are children who have not been taught to swim or have not been taught to respect water.

 

Among the boys going in the service in World War II, it was discovered that only one in 10 was a skillful swimmer. Five of the 10 possessed only elementary skill, and four of the 10 couldn’t swim a stroke. Among the general public, the number of competent swimmers is even smaller than the ratio in the service.

 

Parents cannot emphasize too often to their children the need for safety while swimming. Here are some rules that may save lives: avoid deep water, never swim alone, never swim in unfamiliar water, don’t be a show-off, stay on land when over heated or chilled, and try to keep calm when in trouble.

 

 

          

 1983, 25 years ago

 

Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. has been presented with two low band mobile radios by Consolidated Gas Supply Corp. to aid them in efforts to provide fire protection service to the area.

 

The radios were made available through Consolidated’s radio replacement program. Consolidated replaces about 30 of its own radios each year that average 15 years of age. These surplus radios, with crystals removed, are made available to volunteer organizations in the company’s operating area. When new, the radios cost $1,600 to $1,800.

 

Accepting the radios on behalf of Grantsville VFD were Jim Garretson and Roger Jarvis. Harold “Kitty” Wilson, Calhoun district supervisor, made the presentation.

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