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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1909, 100 years ago

 

Last week, at a rowdy dance at the home of Dick Church, near Rocksdale, Job Ward, sometimes known as Job Starcher, was stabbed and fatally wounded, death resulting from the wound on Friday.

 

There are several versions of the affair, the one most credited being as follows: A drunken fight started while the dance was in progress, with several parties taking part in it.

 

When the fight was over, Ward was left lying at the roadside with a severe knife wound in his abdomen, the crowd participating in it, not taking the trouble to ascertain the extent of his injuries, cursed him and left him alone in the night, wounded.

 

He regained consciousness after a while and crawled a long ways to the home of Al Stump, where medical aid was summoned and everything possible was done for him, but it was too late.

 

Some five or six of the participants were arrested and tried before Squire Gough at Richardson, fined $5 for disorderly conduct and discharged. The man who did the cutting, Howard Long, has departed for parts unknown.

 

A very bad state of affairs exists in that neighborhood and it is hoped that sufficient punishment may be meted out to the guilty parties to teach them a lesson.

 

 

1959, 50 years ago

Work is going on very well at Riverside Country Club on the new golf course located on the Propst property in North Grantsville.

 

Much enthusiasm is being shown by the volunteers who have donated machinery, time and knowledge to work on the project.

 

To date, over 60 subscribers have purchased stock in this corporation.

 

The club is incorporated for $15,000 authorized capital stock, divided into 100 shares at $150 each. It is the goal of the club to promote the sale of all 100 shares by the end of the month.

 

Through the sale of all stock, there will be enough capital necessary to build one of the better golf courses in the state, and the only grass green course in the area.

 

 1984, 25 years ago

By the end of last week, it appeared certain that the Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission was going to have the money needed --$125,000--to buy a 214-acre tract at Mt. Zion for use as a county park.

 

There is a possibility of additional grant money for the project in the near future. A representative of the Governor’s office told commissioners that if a new grant application were submitted by Mid-October, the Governor promised to give a definite answer before the November election.

 

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