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This Week In History, 4-2-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

Postmaster Smith has purchased the building known as the Knotts property on Main St. from O.J. Stump, and will move the post office there at once. This is a much better room for the office than the one now occupied.


A terrible tragedy occurred near Normantown on Saturday, when two children, one of four months and the other two years old, were burned to death. The mother of the two children had gone to a neighbor’s house for a minute and left the children alone, and in some manner, the house caught fire and burned. All household effects belonging to the unfortunate couple were destroyed, and the distracted mother is in very critical condition. It is feared that her reason is dethroned.



 1959, 50 years ago

A landfill operation will be started Apr. 1 by Richard Whipkey to take care of Grantsville’s garbage and rubbish problems.


Whipkey is to haul trash from the town to the old Heiney farm, off Rt. 55, at the top of Nicut hill. He was given exclusive rights to haul trash by the town council, after the town decided to stop hauling services. The town dump has been ordered closed by the health department, making it necessary to find a new way of disposing of trash.



 1984, 25 years ago

The entire student body of Calhoun High School was evacuated early Friday after-noon, Apr. 6, following an anonymous bomb threat.


At approximately 1:20 p.m., an unidentified male adult telephoned the school with the message that a bomb was set to go off at 1:30 p.m. The student volunteer who had answered the phone notified principal Robert Bonar, who switched on the public address system and instructed all students and personnel to leave the building im-mediately. Within 10 minutes, the building was emptied, with the students being bussed to the gymnasium at Pleasant Hill School.


Members of Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. cordoned off both entrances to the school. State trooper Don Carder, with the help of staff volunteers, searched the building. By 2:35 p.m., with no bomb found, the search was secured. Students were transported back to the high school later that afternoon to retrieve books and outer wear before the busses began their regular runs to return the students to their homes.


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