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This Week In History, 11-6-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

James Donaldson of Little Hocking, Ohio, one of the stone-cutters who helped build the local high school building, was here last week visiting friends.


Donaldson was attacked by robbers in his home on June 30 by a gang of four robbers who tortured and robbed him of a small sum of money. One of the gang was captured and confessed, receiving a sentence of 10 to 25 years in the Ohio penitentiary in a Marietta court.


Donaldson testified that he became semi-conscious after the bandits forced doped whiskey down his throat, and beat and abused him in an effort to make him tell where he had money hidden. The Scot has fully recovered from his experience and looks hale and hearty.



 1958, 50 years ago

Although Americans sometimes do not realize it, they have done more for, and to, the female of the human race than any nation in the history of the world. Unfortunately, in doing so much for the woman, we have done some things to her.


The good things we have done are inspirational. You and I were born within the folds of the highest form of family life that the world has ever attained.


Our society has taken man from brutality to make him a faithful husband and a proud father, who honors his wife, rather than beating her and using her for physical labors.


Unfortunately, the man in the family, in the U.S. at least, has delegated so much of his responsibility that he remains merely a shell of a man, and not the head of the house. This has caused a weakening of our family structure, has encouraged the woman of the house to attempt to do more than she can possibly do. This has contributed to juvenile delinquency and to the breakup of families in some cases.


It should be remembered that the man, or the father in a household, must accept his responsibilities or bring on an erosion of our social order as we have known and enjoyed.


 1983, 25 years ago

Is Nothing Sacred?

Tradition: the handing down of information, beliefs, or customs from one generation to another.

For years at CHS, reigning as the Homecoming Queen was a prestigious and honored position looked upon by each student with dignity and respect. Home-coming week was dedicated to: “Miss Red Devil.” A float was made in her honor, children became fidgety waiting beside parents to see “the Queen,” hundreds turned out to see the one special girl who had captured their hearts on this, her special day.


On Homecoming night, the crowd waited anxiously as each princess was escorted to her position on the field, and then came the moment when Miss Red Devil stepped onto the podium to receive her crown.


. . . Smack! Reality.


This year, three young ladies shared the honors usually reserved for only the Homecoming Queen. What was Miss Red Devil’s reign? Her moment suddenly transformed from days to minutes. Her reign began just as Homecoming week ended. Of course, she did reign over the dance. How many of you went?


Is nothing scared anymore?

(Letter to the editor from Loretta Lane and Nancy Ritchie, co-editors of the Calhoun Clarion at CCHS.)

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