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This Week In History, 1-22-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

According to The Parkers-burg Sentinel, the rise in the Little Kanawha River on Saturday and Sunday, while not an extensive one, allowed sufficient water on which to get out a large quantity of timber, as well as other stuff. There were about 100 lockages of timber and ties brought out. The ties and some of the logs had already arrived in Parkersburg and the remainder are on their way.


A barge of staves belonging to Withers and Vandevender was brought down from Leaf Bank in the tow of a gasoline boat. G.L. Cabot Co. shipped out 8,000 sacks and 200 barrels of lamp black on barges, which were brought from Grantsville to Palestine, where they were loaded on cars. Grantsville Carbon Co. shipped out 800 barrels of lamp black in the same manner.



 1959, 50 years ago

It won’t be too long before Calhoun County will have its first hospital in operation. The one-story, red brick structure, located on a hill overlooking Grantsville, will have 26 beds and is being equipped with many modern conveniences, such as are enjoyed by much larger hospitals.


John Butler, superintendent of construction; Foster Poling, past president of the county court; and I.D. Craig, district representative of Monongahela Power Co. all hope to have the building construction job finished by spring.


The biggest task ahead before the hospital can be opened will be assembling equipment and personnel. While waiting for the building to be completed, women of the county are making plans for a sewing project to make many of the items necessary for the operation of the hospital.


Another necessary thing is the building of an entirely new road, and a contract has been let by the county court to R.M. Busch of Grantsville for the construction of a road that will join High Street just below the grade school.



 1984, 25 years ago


A group of Calhoun citizens concerned about the dangers of nuclear war have arranged to sponsor two showings of an Academy-Award winning movie, “If You Love This Planet.” Admission is free.


The film features Dr. Helen Caldicott, an Australian who heads the organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Using archival material, the movie presents Dr. Caldicott’s plea for peace and bilateral disarmament.


The first showing will be Thursday evening at Guiseppe’s Restaurant in Grantsville and the second on Saturday evening at Upper West Fork Community Building.

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