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This Week In History, 3-12-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

A small blaze started in the Cook Hotel, occupied by Harry Bennett, last Wednesday morning, caused by a defective flue. The promptness and efficiency of the bucket brigade soon abated the danger.


Last Thursday evening, Capt. G. Rice went to his room at the Willard Hotel in his customary state of health, which has not been very good of late. On Friday, when he did not awaken, nothing was thought of it until about noon when Dr. Dye was called and pronounced his ailment paralysis. He is still in an unconscious state and little hope is entertained for his recovery.


 1959, 50 years ago

The name of Dr. Jonas E. Salk is now recognized around the world. The man responsible for the Salk vaccine has become one of medicine’s greats. His name is a household word to every family.


Yet 17 years ago, back in 1942, Jonas E. Salk was just another name on an application blank, another young research scientist, requesting fellowship assistance to study viruses. The request was granted; $2,100 was invested.


A little over 10 years later, this young man announced to the world its first effective means of preventing a disease that had left human wreckage strewn across the face of the globe for centuries.


The $2,100 invested in 1942 in Jonas Salk was an investment of the American people, through their March of Dimes.


 1984, 25 years ago

Thanks to generous contributions of the Calhoun County business community, Calhoun County High School now has 16 new microscopes for its science classes.


The fund-raising effort by the high school began last October and continued through January, with a total of $4,230 donated. This enabled the high school to order in sufficient quantity to receive a considerable discount, approximately $1,500 below the wholesale school price.





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