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This Week In History, 2-26-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

W.C. Brooks, a prominent citizen from Big Bend, came in Thursday morning aboard the tug boat “Night Owl.” He met with quite an accident, which might have proven fatal had it not been for the quick action of some of the deck hands. When he walked from the boat, the stage plank broke, and he fell into the river, but was rescued before much harm was done.


Joe Kersey of Nobe was very badly hurt last week at the stave mill near Nobe by a log rolling on his leg. His foot was badly mashed and one bone was broken in his leg.





 1959, 50 years ago

You may not notice it, but the days are already getting longer--and will continue to do so until late June, when the summer solstice will end the process.


The shortest day of the year fell just before Christmas, Dec. 21. Since that time, by a few minutes each day, the days have been stretching, but the coldest period of winter lies ahead--unless abnormal winter weather is in store.


If you are wondering why January and February are colder than December, customarily, even though there is more sunlight as the sun moves northward, the reason is that the earth has lost more of its stored heat from summer by the time the first two months of the year roll around.


In December, and especially in November, when the days and the sun’s heating are short, much of the summer heat is still retained by the earth, but by January and February, more of it has been lost. Thus, we still have the toughest part of the winter ahead--and winter will not end until the vernal equinox on Mar. 21, which is the first day of spring. Remember, no one knows what Mother Nature, or the weather will do. Spring might arrive in February, or in May. We must wait and see.




 1984, 25 years ago

State auditor Glen B. Gainer, Jr., announced last week that his office has mailed the final distribution of public utilities monies to the counties and municipalities of West Virginia for the current fiscal year.


Gainer said the total distribution amounted to $31,525,825. Of this amount, $29,926,564 was for county and school purposes and $1,599,260 for municipalities. This is an in-crease over the final distribution for last year of $984,419.


Calhoun received $106,153. The municipality of Grantsville received $2,667.


Of the $67,338,605 net collections from all public utilities for the 1983-84 fiscal year, 70% was collected for school purposes, with a little over 24% going for county purposes, 5% for municipal purposes, and less than one half of one percent for state general purposes.




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