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This Week In History, 1-15-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

An exciting and very closely contested town election was held in Grantsville. There were two tickets in the field, “Citizens” and “Progressive” and the results were so close that both sides claimed victory.


Citizens ticket was headed by C.C. Starcher, with the council composed of A.G. Miller, Harry Smith, L.M. Williams, Fred Hathaway and G.W. Taylor.


Progressive ticket was headed by Albert Smith, with the council composed of S.W. McClung, Fred Hathaway, Harry Smith, Ira Stump and Bailey Stump. O.E. Smith was a candidate for recorder on both tickets.


Starcher was elected mayor over Smith by a vote of 31 to 26 and all the balance of the Progressive ticket was elected, with the exception of Stump, who was defeated by Miller by a vote of 30 to 29.


Starcher served in the capacity of mayor heretofore and made one of the best officials the town ever had, and all the men elected have served in their several capacities; therefore, we know that we will have a splendid administration of the town’s affairs.



 1959, 50 years ago

West Virginia’s proposal for developing highway dam impoundments in conjunction with new highway bids on federal-aid highways, has received new encouragement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Public Roads.


These two federal agencies are advising regional offices of the opportunities for cooperative conservation work through combined efforts in the development of highway dams.


The West Virginia highway dams proposal is basically one of making huge earthen fills, necessary in the new highway construction, serve the secondary purpose of impounding water. The plan will greatly improve conditions for fish, wildlife and related outdoor recreational activities at a bare minimum of cost.


If carried out, the proposal could result in the new interstate highway construction program being a boon to conservation as well as transportation in the state, according to the sponsors.




 1984, 25 years ago


Starting about 5 a.m. last Wednesday, Calhoun Countians started a week-long battle with what can only be called horrible weather. First, there was a heavy snowstorm that dumped as much as eight inches on the county. After a bit of warmish weather that afternoon, the temperature plummeted to as much as 22 degrees below zero.


By the next morning, cars refused to start, pipes froze, and motorists who ventured out had nightmarish problems on slick roads. School was cancelled on Wednesday. On Thursday, the schools were open. but buses did not run. About 5% of students showed up.


By Friday, school buses were officially running, but several  of them never got moving. People were trying to get things back to normal, but the only thing that was normal was the abnormal weather. It was cold comfort to be told on the radio and television news that the entire country was struggling with approximately the same weather.

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