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This Week In History, 5-7-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

Bob Smith of near White Pine met with a great misfortune. He was trimming a fruit tree when a limb dropped and struck him in the eye, bursting the eyeball. Dr. Wright was called and administered medical aid.


Ellie Propst of the mouth of Leafbank got quite badly hurt by a small sapling falling and striking him in the back of the head. Dr. Pickering was called and dressed the wound. The doctor said that the wound would not be serious unless something unlooked for set in.



1959, 50 years ago

Science is always developing theories and telling us new things. Some time ago, we heard there was a kind of electrical brain activity, produced by cells which build up an electrical charge, and then flash miniature lightning bolts to adjoining brain cells.


We won’t pursue the discovery much further at this time, but the idea is worth watching. Maybe, in the years to come, a student, failing in his classes, will be able to go to a service station and get a supply of electricity that will set his brain to thinking.


Without reference to any persons in this area, we can imagine that there are many individuals who need some sort of miniature lightning in their heads. The only way that they can be made to think is for somebody to make it as easy to do as it is to sit down and rest.



 1984, 25 years ago

Two Calhoun High School students, Laura L. Cain and Alisa K. Dowell, will be dubbed Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe on May 11 at the State Capitol in Charleston.


The annual Golden Horseshoe Day, sponsored by W.Va. Dept. of Education, will honor 221 eighth grade students from every county in the state.


The students to be honored have scored the highest on a test about West Virginia prepared by the Dept. of Education. The two highest scorers in each county were chosen, while the remaining 110 students were the other highest scorers in the state, prorated by county according to the county’s ratio to the number of eighth-grade students in the state.


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