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This Week In History, 2-19-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

Jake Fisher has introduced a bill into the senate to compel competing telephone companies operating in the same town to make connections so that a subscriber to one phone may be connected to another. The purpose of the bill is to relieve people of having two phones. The proposition seems to be a satisfactory one and should be made a law.


The recent stage of water helped merchants to get in a fine cargo of goods, while several townsmen and people of this vicinity made trips down the river and back.




 1959, 50 years ago

Just about every U.S. family will be affected by the changes in social security taxes and benefits for 1959. Some 12,300,000 persons receiving old age, survivors or disability checks will get a seven percent increase. Nearly 6,000,000 (about which many taxpayers know nothing) are going to get more money based on their need--though they are not covered by social security.


Almost 75,000,000 persons paying social security taxes, and the businessmen and corporations which have been required by law to pay part of their social security taxes, are going to have to pay more--more than 10 percent more, this year.


Monthly payments to retired workers at age 65 ranged in 1958 from $30 to $108.50. They will range up to $116 in 1959--starting from $33 instead of $30.


These hikes are not steep, but as the social security system becomes an accepted and “taken for granted” device in our society, pressure on politicians will mount--to lower the age at which one becomes eligible for the federal maintenance, increase the benefits, etc.




 1984, 25 years ago

Many Arnoldsburg-Millstone residents were pleased to see the visible signs of the Mt. Zion Public Service District water line extension into the area.

A company called Welding, Inc., of Charleston, has begun work on the tank location in the Millstone area. This should be completed prior to Aug. 10.

Many area residents, who have had to haul water for several years, are eagerly awaiting completion of this project, which is scheduled for September, 1984.

Having a consistent safe drinking water supply at the Arnoldsburg school will also be a great asset to students and school employees.



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