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This Week In History, 10-30-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

Nearly 300 men are at work in all sections of the county stripping quarries for stone that will be used in paving county secondary roads. The work is being supervised by county road supervisor Ira Hardman and the labor is recruited from old RFC lists.


On the Grantsville-Russett road, two quarries are being stripped, one on the farm of L.J. Morris, the other on the A. Hardman farm. Henry B. Collins and W.T. Webster are foremen in charge of the work.


On the Orma-Braxton road, three quarries are being opened on farms of Mallie Carpenter, G.W. Knotts and D.O. Chenoweth. George W. Hays and Fenton Stalnaker are foremen.


The wage scale set by the state road commission is 35¢ for unskilled labor, 45¢ for semi-skilled labor, and 60¢ for skilled labor. Labor is employed for five 8-hour days a week.



 1958, 50 years ago

The day may not be far off when you go to the doctor and he will ask you to cry. If you are feeling bad enough when you go, this may not be too difficult, but if you are only there for a routine check-up, it may be a little sticky.


The reason? At Stanford University Medical School, doctors have found that a person’s tears sometimes provide valuable information on his physical ailments.


Dr. Oliver P. Erickson said there are several chemicals in human tears. They change in accordance with changes in our physical condition.


For example, the tears from the eyes of someone suffering from rheumatic fever, and those from one who is suffering great stress, are quite different. Erickson believes the day may come when a regular part of all diagnostic check-ups is an analysis of the composition of tears.


Eye specialists can tell a surprising number of things by examining the eyes and the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eyeball. The day may come when all doctors will be asking their patients to cry. For the sissies and the sorry ones, this will not be hard, but for the he-men, the tears might not come. In that case the doctor might have to sit a long time with the patient telling sad stories, or he might solve the problem by handing the patient a bill every few minutes during the delay. The bill would increase with every delay, and, no doubt, the tears would soon come.



 1983, 25 years ago


Construction is moving rapidly at the site of the new Rite-Aid building on Main Street, Grantsville. At presstime, the roof was almost in place and workers were concentrating on some of the interior construction.


Although the opening date has not been announced, speculation has it that the store will be finished in time for Christmas shopping.


Calhoun Super Service will have a special on a new NAPA battery with a six-year guarantee for $49.95, plus trade-in. Later on, in the furniture section, it is planning to put waterbeds on sale.


J&B Drug Store is celebrating its 35th year of service to Grantsville and the county. A mainstay of the community since 1948, J&B continues its tradition of providing pharmacy needs, as well as a complete line of non-prescription items. Don’t forget their quality giftware, near the front of the store.

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