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This Week In History, 8-28-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

Calhoun High School opened with an enrollment of about 350 students, a decrease of about 75 from last year’s peak. The decrease is largely because 50 Murphy district, Ritchie County students, who attended Calhoun High last year, were prevented from returning this year by the county unit system, and the new freshman class is not as large.


The school is under direction of principal Glenn S. Callaghan and a corps of 16 teachers with subjects taught as follows:


Glenn S. Callaghan, problems of democracy; M.T. Hamrick, physical education and athletics; Martha Hardman, girls physical education; Alma Ayers, English, journalism and public speaking; Grace Hamilton, social science; Harold Proudfoot, social science; Don Bell, English and dramatics; Martha Kochenderfer, English and latin; H.C. Palmer, music; C.W. Hill, vocational agriculture; Nellie Cornell, vocational home economics; Ray E. Harris, biology; Clyde Riddel, chemistry and general science; Fred W. Eberle, mathematics; Garnette Pharr, typing and stenography; Delberta Davis, commerce and business; Charlotte Seward, library.


Commenting on the auspicious opening of the present term, Callaghan said that the organization of the school had been enhanced in many particulars and the general spirit of the student body was better in every way, and that he was looking forward to the best school year in his experience.

Great improvements have been made to the grounds surrounding the high school. The board of education is applying to the national recovery administration for a loan to build a new gymnasium in which will be installed a modern cafeteria to furnish students warm food at low prices.



  1958, 50 years ago

There is no doubt that Russia’s Nikita Khruschev has scored an outstanding propaganda victory in his bid for a new summit meeting. His activities, in his latest triumph, make it evident once again that the U.S. is up against a formidable leader and a shrewd expert in the field of propaganda.


Looking at his bid for a summit meeting, from the eyes of so-called neutral countries, or under-developed, nationalistic countries, the dictator’s plea for a summit meeting appears to be an effort to forestall serious trouble in the Middle East. Khruschev is on the offensive and the U.S. is placed in the role of the defendant.


For it is the U.S. which has used troops in Lebanon, and in a country where the majority of the population now appears to oppose its intervention. Even worse is the tone of the great majority of American reports which have come out of Baghdad since the revolution in Iraq.


 1983, 25 years ago


Jeffrey Ash, 14, of Spencer, drowned in the Little Kanawha River above Grantsville last Sunday.


The accident occurred above the B.F. Goodrich plant at about 3:30 p.m. According to Vandale Funeral Home, Ash had been on a fishing trip with other mem-bers of his family. He descended an old stairway leading to the water and, apparently in the belief that the river was shallow, stepped out. The water is about 25 feet deep at the bottom of the steps.


Ash, who could not swim, went under and never re-appeared.

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