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This Week In History, 10-8-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


Hunters have returned from the annual Bear Fork hunt with their game bags full and their appetites satisfied.


The hunt was a success in every particular. There were 219 squirrels killed and the provender box was always running over.


The trophy was awarded to Clay McDonald who had 40 scalps to his credit. Second prize was won by Jeff Miller of Roane County. John Newlon, Spencer photographer, was awarded a prize for being the best fellow in camp and a vote of thanks was given Marshall Bennett for his excellent cooking and courteous treatment of members and guests of the club.


The camp was a beautiful one in the heart of the large forest owned by Hon. Louis Bennett of Weston on Trace Fork of Bear Fork.


The best of order prevailed, and the laws of the club, as well as all state laws, were respected and the best of discipline was maintained. The refrain heard reverberating up and down the wilds of Bear Fork was “Happy have we met, happy have we been, happy may we part and happy meet again.”


1959, 50 years ago

Change was made in the ownership of the county’s telephone system last Friday. United Telephone Co. of St. Marys took over from Citizens Telephone Co. of Grantsville.


To the general public, the change was made without any visible signs, and service goes on as usual.


The final sale price was determined to be $35,812.87. This figure was arrived at by the company’s auditor from the balance sheets showing assets of the company.


Just when the many stock-holders of the old Citizens company will receive their payment for stock is not known. Before final disbursement is to be made, an opinion is to be given by Internal Revenue officials on any further tax liability.


Citizens has not paid any federal income taxes, being considered a non-profit corporation, and an exemption from such taxes had been granted in the past. The exemption certificate has long since been mislaid, and the Internal Revenue commissioner who issued it is now dead. It was decided by directors and attorneys handling the matter to ask for a new ruling from the IRS, rather than go ahead and distribute the money, only to have to collect it again for payment of taxes.


 1984, 25 years ago

The State Auditor’s office last week mailed checks to counties and municipalities throughout the state representing the first half collections of Public Utility Tax for fiscal year 1984-85. Calhoun County received $116,700. Town of Grantsville’s share was $2,450. The total sent out in the state amounted to $31,830,100.



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