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This Week In History, 1-29-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

The case of the State vs. Roy Knight in Squire Hays’ court was continued for one week on account of the absence of material witnesses. Knight is charged with lifting two gallons of whiskey from the road in front of Battell Ferrell’s house where O.J. Gainer, the Creston mail carrier, had left it through a mistake. Mathews and Bell are prosecuting the case, and Albert Smith and Bruce Ferrell are attorneys for the defense.




 1959, 50 years ago


A new town ordinance has been passed pertaining to the disposal of garbage and other waste material. The basic rate for residences was raised from $1 to $1.50 per month.


Town officials said that the income from the waste disposal department was not enough to cover current expenses, and that it was absolutely necessary to raise the fees. Waste disposal fees for business places were also raised, the fees to be determined by the number of times per week the waste is picked up. All residences are serviced once each week.


It was also pointed out by town officials that in the past certain persons were not paying the waste disposal fees, but either were carrying their own waste to the town dump on the Barr farm about one mile above Grantsville, or disposing of it over the river bank within the town limits.


They pointed out that the town dump is rented for that purpose, and that the dumping of trash over the river bank in town was creating a health hazard, and that in the future, all persons covered by the ordinance would be billed for the service.



 1984, 25 years ago

Despite zero degree temperatures, the county commission met on Jan. 17 to continue the session that started Jan. 7. Although commissioner Glen Hanlin was absent, commissioners Lloyd Vaughan and David Barr completed the agenda and adjourned until the next regular meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4.


In their first official action, Vaughan and Barr hired Richard Kirby, a licensed surveyor, to redraw the lines of Calhoun County’s magisterial districts in order to more accurately distribute voting populations.


Kirby will be paid $750 for the work, which includes providing written descriptions of the boundary lines. The action is in compliance with orders received last year to update the district lines in accordance with information compiled regarding population distribution during the 1980 census.


Once Kirby’s maps and descriptions are completed, the county commission will be required to publish the new district boundaries and notify the voting public of any changes in voting registration and polling places.


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