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This Week In History, 11-19-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


Col. J.W. Pell and wife spent last week visiting friends on Steer Creek. He devoted part of his time to killing a few dozen squirrels.


Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Craddock and a small colony of health and fortune seekers will leave for the West on Thursday. All the final arrangements have been made and the party will leave on schedule.


Landlord Stalnaker is having the Home Hotel painted and otherwise improved.


We have some citizens of Calhoun County who have made money out of their oil and gas lands, and who have looked towards Parkersburg as a splendid place to live, own homes, and educate their children. Yet, many are moving elsewhere. One good reason assigned is the feeble, inadequate water supply, the quantity and quality being objectionable.



1959, 50 years ago

Mt. Zion Country Life group has bought a recreation site in the community. This was announced at the meeting Monday evening at Mt. Zion Church.


The recreation site was purchased from Ernest and Pauline Kelley, and is located back of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Kelley. A road to the site has already been made and is being graveled. The ground has been gone over with a disc harrow, then fertilized, and is now ready to seed, as soon as enough grass seed can be secured. The recreation chairman and miscellaneous chairmen are to work on arrangements of trees to be planted, so that can be done soon. A right of way is being cut so the grounds can have electricity run to it. A sign will be erected at the park entrance at a later date.


 1984, 25 years ago

Glenville State College has become the first public college to successfully drill a natural gas well that is expected to offset energy costs by nearly one-half.


Glenville State College Gas Well No. 1 was dedicated last Wednesday by the college, members of the board of regents, and oil and gas industry officials. The college will save from one-third to one-half of the costs of heating 13 buildings on the main campus and Mineral Road property. Energy costs in 1983-84 were estimated at $165,000.


Hope Gas will credit the college for every 1,000 cubic feet of gas the well pumps. GSC will pay Hope transportation costs of 80 cents for every 1,000 feet of gas that flows through Hope’s lines.


The well is located on the College farm, a 129-acre tract of land of which the college owns all mineral rights. GSC budgeted $200,000 for the project, but actual costs were $187,000. It expects to recover drilling costs within two years.


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