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This Week In History, 8-27-09


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


The Edith H. took a crowd of young folks on an excursion to Glenville and Sand Fork before returning on Sunday.


Frank Roberts got his foot ankle badly mashed by a horse falling on him while on his way from Pine Creek on Saturday.


Godfrey L. Cabot purchased the gas franchise at Elizabeth and will start a pipe line from Elizabeth to connect up with his line at Creston. John Smith, son of Joe Smith of the factory, will leave this morning for Elizabeth to take charge of the plant.


Uncle Peter Johnson, one of the oldest citizens of the county, was a pleasant caller at our office. He is in his 83rd year and is as sprightly as a boy. He is a great reader and spends most of his time at that pleasure. He often works a half or whole day and can do as much work as a young man. He has a wonderful storehouse of reminiscences, which are very entertaining. A lifetime resident of the county, he has lived in Grantsville for 48 years and has seen it transformed from a cornfield to a thriving town.



1959, 50 years ago

Fenton R. Stalnaker of Orma, who has been county supervisor for the State Road Commission for the past two years, has been promoted to the position of assistant to the maintenance engineer of District 3. He will work in Calhoun, Wirt, Roane and Jackson.


Named to replace him as head of the Calhoun system is Victor Brannon of Arnoldsburg, who has been assistant supervisor for two years. Walter B. Ayers of Grantsville is the new assistant supervisor.


Stalnaker’s new duties will include helping with plans for the care of roads in the district, helping county men solve maintenance problems, and assisting engineers in the district.


He said that he wished to thank the people of the county for their cooperation given him during the time he was county supervisor, and that he hoped to continue to work for improvement of roads in the area in his new position.




 1984, 25 years ago

A proposal for additional staffing and an expanded music program for students was approved unanimously by the board of education at a special meeting last Thursday. Under the new arrangement, three teachers will receive supple-mental pay to take on additional music duties, augmenting the instructional program that has so far been provided by three full-time music teachers.


The proposal provides for continuation of the services of choir director Charles Miller and band director William Gorrell at supplemental salaries of $2,400 each, and assistant band and choir director Jack Downs at a supplement of $1,800. Twila Miller, Gordon Allen and Larry Harris will receive supplements during seasons when their services are needed.

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