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This Week In History, 7-16-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago

An unfortunate accident happened to timber contractor Jennings Hathaway last Thursday afternoon. He was working near the incline at the head of Bee Creek when a belt slipped and let the engine “run off.” The speed of the engine caused the exhaust pipe to burst, one piece striking Hathaway, breaking his arm in two places and cutting a severe gash in his head. Drs. Dye and McCutcheon dressed the injuries and the patient is doing as well as could be expected.


Wait Poling is breaking a colt for Roscoe Hardman that is a dandy, and Wait knows how to get them just right.



1959, 50 years ago

It might be well for the young people of Calhoun to understand now that the majority of those who have anything in a world that worships money worked for what they have acquired.


Too often, the youthful mind is impressed with the easy accumulation of a fortune by some exceptional figure that looms large in the public consciousness, little realizing that such a career is the great exception among a mass of hard workers, who got to the top by the sweat of their brows, rather than through some streak of luck or opportunity.


More and more there is the conviction abroad in the world that individuals who do not earn what they have are not entitled to their possessions. There is something in the thought.


If each youngster who begins a business life in the next 10 years gets imbued with the idea of giving value for money or rewards received, the business world will not be as worried by the next period of depression, and the next generation will find life a happier proposition.


 1984, 25 years ago


As of July 2, the “new” Craig Station of Consolidated Gas Transmission Corp., located at Smithville, is in operation, taking over duties formerly handled by Cabot Compressor Station. Cabot was phased out of operation at 8:15 a.m. on July 8, after serving the surrounding area for 65 years.


The new operation, which occupies a site only yards from the earlier compressor facility, swung into operation with little difficulty. Utilizing modern technology, the new station is the latest example of a “satellite operation” with regard to facilities and operating principles.


At the site, two 1,100 horsepower diesel engines, each driving four compressors and a cooling fan of large dimension, stand on poured concrete pads. Unlike standard operations of the past, these units, each with eight cylinders and having a displacement of over 2,600 cubic inches, stand open to the elements. Attendant control systems are much efficient and compact than prior models, which also afforded savings in construction costs. At present, it seems as though there will be no need to build structures to house the operation. When “shake down” tests have been completed, these units will operate essentially unattended.


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