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This Week In History, 10-9-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

A good many people have been perturbed over infections of the elm shade trees located on lawns and park ways about buildings throughout West Virginia, reports Thomas W, Skuce, Extension forester of the department of biology at WVU. Some seem to think that the Dutch elm disease has reached this state.


Examinations of various samples of twigs and leaves submitted to C.R. Orton, plant pathologist at WVU, have shown that the Dutch elm disease is not present as yet. To date, the principle causes seem to be attributed to common insects, drought, and diseases originating from sources that generally can be controlled.


Dutch elm disease is known to exist in Ohio and has been found in New York. With the disease present in Ohio, everyone is urged to watch elms in which they are interested for wilting or yellow or brown leaves, accompanied by brown streaks in the young wood.



  1958, 50 years ago

Recent days and weeks have been the beginning of an exhibition of exceptional beauty by Mother Nature. The fall months in the U.S. in so many sections of the country are the most beautiful of the year.


There are those who think that nature puts on her grandest show in the spring and those who believe the brilliant colors of fall represent nature at its best. This latter group will have much support for its argument in coming days.


One of the lessons Mother Nature has to offer us is that there is a power greater than anything the human mind can completely understand. The brilliant display of gold and red and yellow leaves, and the wonderful spectacle that nature presents about this time of year seems to the best argument to shake the belief of atheists.


There are definite laws by which nature operates, and they demonstrate a pattern for all life. Though it is sometimes hard to understand misfortune and tragedy, when one considers the sureness and order of nature, the inspiration which appears before our very eyes each year, there can be little doubt that there is a design behind it all.




 1983, 25 years ago


Police are on the trail of a burglar--or perhaps burglars-- with a specialty in check forgery. Over the last two weeks three thefts were committed in Calhoun County, all dealing with blank checks or check writing machines. Since then, the burglars have been writing and passing forged checks in a few neighboring counties. The dollar amount of the bad checks by now adds up to over $4,000.


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