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
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.