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This Week In History, 12-24-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


Bud Johnson, the genial superintendent of the Withers and Vandevender stave yard below town, was in to see us on Saturday. He says there are now over a million staves in the yard, besides several hundred thousand feet of lumber. Bill Stump will move these out as soon as possible after the first water.


It is asserted upon authority that the value of food stuffs that West Virginia buys from other states for home consumption, which could be grown within the state, is equal to the value of the coal that West Virginia ships out of the state.


In other words, for every dollar we gain by taking advantage of our natural resources, we lose another dollar by failure to take advantage of a natural opportunity.


The next meeting of Masonic Lodge in this town will be on Christmas night. There is a large amount of work to be done and a pleasant evening is anticipated.


A vein of coal six feet thick was found at a depth of 28 feet on the A. Westfall farm on Bull River.


1959, 50 years ago

At the close of the 1959 firearms deer season, Calhoun County checking stations have tagged 81 deer. Conservation officer Marvin Lewis reported that 49 of these were taken within the county, with two of them being checked in Gilmer County.


This is the biggest deer kill in the county for several years. In 1957, there were only 17 killed in the county. In 1958 the number had risen to 34. The county, which has a season only for bucks, will have to have a kill of 57 for two years on three- year average to become a hunter’s choice county.


While the figure is climbing each year, it will still not be a hunter’s choice county next year, under present regulations.


 1984, 25 years ago

Calhoun County got two pieces of good news last week. Joe Virden, Grantsville mayor, received word that Gov. Jay Rockefeller had approved a $222,640 grant to modernize the wastewater plant. County commission president David Barr was notified by telephone that the governor had approved an award of $108,000 for improvements in the newly-purchased county park near Mt. Zion.


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