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This Week In History, 11-27-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

A fine mounted specimen of the esox lucius (pike, to you) is on display in the window of Thompson Drug Store. The fish was caught by attorney J.A. Jackson, Jr., near Mussel Shoals several days ago, and is one of the finest pike taken from the Little Kanawha in many months. The fish was nearly three feet long and weighed a little over eight pounds. Jackson does not pretend that it is a record catch, but says it is the biggest one he ever caught and for that reason he had it mounted.


 During the same week, he had another thing to be proud of. He completed 20 years of service with Hope Natural Gas Co., whose legal department he heads in Calhoun and adjoining counties, and was awarded a gold button by the company in recognition of his services. The greater part of that time has been spent in Calhoun where his fair treatment of the public has made him many friends who hope that his next 20 years will be spent with us.




 1958, 50 years ago


Thanksgiving in 1958 finds Americans enjoying peace, abundance, and freedom. It also finds the U.S. as leader of the free countries of the world.


Since 1863, when Sarah J. Hale succeeded in her idea of a religious observance late in November, Americans have been blessed with fortune, and have accumulated more blessings with each passing year.


Now, 95 years later (she actually began her campaign in 1827), the average American has more to be thankful for than the citizen of any other country.


Americans should keep in mind the religious origin of the Thanksgiving Day observance and give thanks to God for their many blessings. Thanksgiving Day has grown to be an international celebration, and many Old World customs are attached to it in various parts of the world and in the U.S.


In ancient history, many days of thanksgiving were celebrated annually over long periods of time. In England, the victory of the Black Prince over the French in 1356 was celebrated for eight days. Special thanksgiving services were held in St. Paul’s Cathedral after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.


Our Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., is relatively young, but it has taken hold more firmly in other countries and has spread to various corners of the world.



 1983, 25 years ago

Rev. Harry Miller expressed a wish before his death that the Baptist Church at White Oak be reorganized and that teaching and worship again be held in the church of his childhood.


As a result of his request, a revival was held at the church. Roger Propst was the speaker one evening. The youth choir sang, directed by Susan Pitts and accompanied by Jackie Blankenship. Rev. Bob Nicholas was the speaker on Saturday evening.


On Sunday, a group of 18 prospective members voted to reopen the church and hold a business meeting on Tuesday evening. Propst and Nicholas reported that it was decided to have Sunday School each week and worship twice a month.

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