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This Week In History, 8-20-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


Miss Alma Dulin was confined to her room last week with something like the grippe.


The editor of the Chronicle sold to Boyd Stutler, the editor of the News, the rooms on the second floor of the Odd Fellows Building. Those rooms are occupied as a print shop.


Cassie Ayers came in Saturday from the West Fork, where he had been re-leasing territory for the South Penn Oil Co., on which the leases will expire this year. The company now has practically all this territory under lease. They are paying about $40,000 a year rental in that district, where they formerly paid about $17,000.


“Uncle” Ward Stalnaker of Nicut, one of the pioneer settlers of this county, was a visitor in town last Friday. He is a very interesting conversationalist and can tell the younger generation many interesting incidents of 50 or 60 years ago in this section of the state. He is about 75 years of age, and one of the oldest officers of Calhoun County.


He and one other, Wm. Knotts, we think, are the only living ex-officers of the first set elected after the county seat was formed. He made the first arrest for felony ever made in Cal-houn. Many jobs of masonry, chiseled out by his skillful hands, will stand as monuments to his usefulness among the early settlers.



1959, 50 years ago

Louis Armstrong of South Charleston has been employed as administrator of the Calhoun hospital. He is connected with Thomas Memorial Hospital of South Charleston and a definite time for his coming here has not been set.


He has been serving as a consultant for the Calhoun hospital’s board of trustees. He has been helping with many things concerning equipment, and has aided in preparing      the budget. He was in Grantsville last Saturday to meet with hospital and county officials, and will return as often as he can until he can be released from his present employment.



 1984, 25 years ago

The long discussed, on again off again, county recreation project came very much alive again last Saturday when the county commission held its regular monthly meeting.


Commissioners David Barr and Glenn Hanlin filled vacancies and made appointments to the board of Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission, and then committed $20,000 from the county’s Capital Outlay Fund toward the cost of land acquisition. They made it clear that a golf course was no longer part of the discussion.



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