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This Week In History, 12-10-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


The steamer Return made a trip to Glenville on Wednesday. They had on board our photographer, Thompson and family, who were on their way to Burnsville, where he will soon locate and work at his old trade.


The Little Kanawha now has one more gasoline boat to her list. Mr. Henderson of Hotel Willard is owner of this pretty little craft and she will soon be ready for the trade between here and points downriver.


Monday morning, Dr. Dye, assisted by Dr. John Korkrean, Fay Oles, a trained nurse, and Ward Betts, who administered the ether, performed a surgical operation upon our esteemed townsman, R.P. Mollohan, amputating the left leg, between the knee and thigh. The operation was a success, the patient having recovered promptly from the anesthetic, and at the hour of going to press is resting nicely.


Rev. M.M. Trippett of Bull River was a visitor in town on Saturday evening. He was again awarded the contract for keeping the poor farm at the county court. He has made a good, humane keeper, and is doing well with the farm.



1959, 50 years ago

The year 1959 is moving toward its end, without so far developing the third World War or other misfortunes that were predicted by the pessimists.


There has been no collapse of public morale and the younger generation, despite the complaints of their elders, seems to be developing normally. These facts should not be overlooked in connection with news items which naturally play up the unusual without expressly recognizing the great number of men and women who play the game of life according to sound and fair rules.


We are not ready to welcome the advent of 1960, or to suggest that those who wish to plan their lives should get down to the business of making resolutions. We will say that individuals can greatly improve themselves by giving serious consideration to a program to be followed in an effort to attain desired goals.


There is a great tendency on the part of most people to live from day to day, without any conscious attempt to follow a pattern based fundamentally on principles personally accepted in theory, but not always discernible in the turmoil of daily affairs. It might be profitable for all of us to check up on our pretensions and practices.


 1984, 25 years ago

A $1,000,000 lawsuit charging breach of contract has been filed against Calhoun County’s hospital and county commission by a former member of the hospital’s staff, Dr. Anant Vora. The civil action, filed in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg on Nov. 27, apparently replaces a two-year-old legal action that was filed by Vora in circuit court on Dec. 29, 1982, at which time he sought to collect $94,321.94.


Aside from the differences in the amount of damages sought, the two suits are virtually identical. In the 1982 action, Vora named as defendants Calhoun General Hospital and its trustees at that time, the county commission of Calhoun County, a corporation, as well as the county commissioners themselves.

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