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This Week In History, 8-13-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


C.E. Offutt, hustling timber man and farmer of Rilla, was a business caller at our office on Saturday. Charley is timbering up on Walnut, and, as usual, is prospering.


County court met Wednesday and the resignation of R.L. Hamilton as deputy assessor was accepted. G.W. Taylor was appointed in his stead. Taylor qualified and immediately entered upon his duties. A better selection, in our opinion, could not have been made.


Wig Bickel came up and spent a day here last week. He will return soon and will drill a well on holdings on Leafbank or some wild-cat territory.



1959, 50 years ago

There was a time when the people of Calhoun County were not much interested in what happened outside the U.S., and if you go back some years, there was a time when nothing much mattered except what happened within gunshot range of their homes.


Times have changed, and with them, the outlook of our people. Whether we like it or not, we cannot remain insensible to what happens in the world, because the economic consequences are felt in the sale of our products and the state of our business.


The development of rapid transportation, through the means of the automobile and the airplane, has widen our outlook. Dissemination of news, through newspapers, radio and television, has heightened interest in the happenings beyond our local borders. Today, as never before, there are informed people in every hamlet and crossroads in the U.S.


This does not mean we have what one might call an intelligent, world viewpoint. Our thinking, expressed in national action, often continues to be local. There is a vast number of people who believe that the U.S. is not yet a part of the world in which they and so many other people live. Yet, there are signs that a new understanding is becoming manifest.



 1984, 25 years ago

Burley tobacco, a West Virginia crop, is seldom thought of as being grown in Calhoun, but a one-acre plot is being grown on the Henrietta farm of Charles and Brenda Brown, under the direction of Harold Ross, tobacco specialist. Charles is executive director of the Calhoun County ASCS office.


Research is being conducted on burley tobacco on various farms throughout the state under experimental quotas given to West Virginia University. The tobacco will be marketed under an experimental quota.


Tobacco on the Brown’s farm will be used for chemical sucker control research. Nine chemicals will be used to study the effect of sucker control after topping the plant. Brown said, “The top of the tobacco plant is broken off when it nears maturity (which) stimulates the lower leaves to grow larger and put on increased weight, but also stimulates sucker growth similar to that in tomato plants. If the suckers are not controlled, they grow large and rob the remaining leaves of necessary growth required to produce quality tobacco.”


Yields of 4,000 lbs. per acre are possible, with state average in the 1,700 to 1,800 lb. range. Payment received is dependant on quality and grade. Each grade has a different support price, $1.75 being the typical average price in West Virginia.


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