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This Week In History, 2-5-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

One of Withers & Vandevender’s stave barges, which was tied up at the mouth of Leaf Bank, settled on a snag and punctured a hole in the bottom. Manager Bud Johnson had the leak repaired and the boat is in good shape again.


Oak Gainer and his crew arrived at the Grantsville wharf  on Friday with a boat load of goods for our merchants.


Citizens in the Nobe vicinity will soon have a division of Citizens Telephone in operation. The line is spreading rapidly over the county.




 1959, 50 years ago

There was a day, not so long ago, when every young American was assured that he had a chance to become president of the United States and, if he failed in that, at the worst, he would probably make a million dollars.


The result of this teaching has probably been evil. Generations that have grown on such notions have been inclined to grab for themselves and get all that the law allows, and some of the fruit that the law prohibits.


It is about time that education includes the idea that an individual attains satisfaction, not by getting everything or the highest honors for himself, but by serving society in his place, with distinction. The development of men and women into intelligent creatures, with an understanding of human nature, is a task that most of us complete late in life, if at all.


Maybe by starting early with the youngsters, we could help them attain a greater goal in life, and that, we admit, is what life is intended to accomplish.



 1984, 25 years ago

At 5:15 a.m. on Monday, Roger Propst, the board of education’s director of services, had to make a lonely decision: what to do about the school system’s busses. Outside, it was snowing heavily. Following protocol, Propst telephoned the National Weather Service in Charleston and was informed that a snowstorm was heading towards Calhoun. It should reach the county in the afternoon, bringing two to four inches of snow. Taking a deep breath, Propst made a decision.


Towards 7 a.m., when area radio and TV stations were giving reports on school closings and delays, it was announced for Calhoun County that “School busses are not running, but schools are open.”


The weather throughout the school day on Monday was a little bit of everything, but none of it was snow. The morning rain stopped and for a while the sun came out, with the temperature in high 30’s and low 40’s. Later, there was thunder and lightning. For a while, parts of the county experienced a hailstorm; then the rain returned, very heavy at times. The anticipated snowstorm finally reached Calhoun towards 6 p.m.


It snowed through most of the night, dropping one or two inches. School closing reports early on Tuesday morning made no mention of Calhoun. The school system was functioning normally.

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