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This Week In History, 7-23-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


J.G. Oles, superintendent of W.Va. Carbon Co., has purchased the lumber from Mac Ball, and is having it dressed at the lumber mill for a new gasoline boat. It is his ambition to build a low water boat, one that will ply between Grantsville and slack water the year round, which, when the river goes dry, will run on a heavy dew. He is sparing no expense or labor to make such a boat, and we believe will accomplish his purpose. Such a boat would be of great benefit to Grantsville in the summer time.


All persons having books belonging to the town library that are overdue must return same by the 24th or a committee to collect books and fines will call upon you.



1959, 50 years ago

Grantsville Appliance has donated a truck to be used by the volunteer fire department of Grantsville. It is to be used to carry extra equipment for the department and in fighting field and forest fires.


The fire department has been needing such a truck for a long time. It will enable the department to give better protection, not only in Grantsville, but the county as a whole.


Many other improvements are planned by the local fire department to keep it in good condition. The men have completed a 26-week course of study in fire fighting from the extension department of WVU. They report their greatest needs to help the department are a modern three-stall garage for their trucks and other equipment and an additional truck and other apparatus. Donations to the fire department will be greatly appreciated.



 1984, 25 years ago


Early last week, an 85-year old lady suffered a fall during the night and had to be taken to Calhoun General Hospital. She had broken her hip and needed surgery. In the past, such a situation would have necessitated that she be transferred to Parkersburg or Charleston for the operation. This time, something new was available at Calhoun General. Dr. Joseph A. Snead, an orthopedic surgeon who had been granted staff privileges just last month, came to Grantsville and performed the operation in the county hospital’s operating room, sparing the patient a long and possibly painful journey in an ambulance.


A native of South Carolina who has spent the last 10 years in medical practice in Georgia, he moved to Weston with his family only a month ago. He is on the staff of Stonewall Jackson Hospital and has an office in the Stonewall Jackson Physicians Building, where he will see patients two days a week.


The plan has been worked out that Snead will come to Grantsville once a week to perform any needed orthopedic surgery and also to see patients.


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