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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1909, 100 years ago


Fish and game wardens or commissioners of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio will meet this month to see what can be done for the protection of fish of the three states against poisoned waters. By the time they get through with their discussions and have laws passed in the three states, there will not be any fish left to protect, if the extemperation keeps on at the present rate.


Jerome Hardman has several men cutting broom corn. His crop looks good and we wish him success.


Corn is looking fine. Now, if the farmers will make as much of an effort for a wheat crop this fall as they have for the corn crop, there will not be so much money go out of the county for breadstuff as there has in the past.



1959, 50 years ago

State Road commissioner Patrick C. Graney disclosed Monday that the contract for the new bridge at Creston will be let late this year.


Graney was present at a meeting on Sept. 25, attended by Gov. Cecil H. Underwood and a delegation of Wirt County residents. The commissioner said that the contract will be awarded in late November or December, so work can begin early next spring. Final plans are complete. The bridge is expected to cost $650,000 for right of way and construction.


Completion of the new bridge will open the Calhoun-Wirt county area to the Ohio Valley by a direct route. This goal was brought closer to reality with the dedication of the Annamoriah bridge, which was completed earlier this year.



 1984, 25 years ago

In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, Sept. 23, a handful of Grantsville’s residents were awakened by the sound of exploding bottles and cans as the Stop-n-Shop, a convenience store housed in a trailer on Main St., burned to ashes. By virtue of having Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. located nearby, damage to the neighboring Dollar General Store and Minnich’s Florist buildings was minimal.


Although flames rose many feet in the air and some second story windows literally burned from the wall, Dollar General manager Doris Ferrell reported little damage to merchandise on the selling floor. Most ruined goods were in the basement, where water from the hoses accumulated to a depth of several inches.


Violet Richards, proprietress of Stop-n-Shop, was unable to place a dollar figure on her losses, stating that “approximately $80 was in the cash register and I had brought more goods to stock the store the evening before.”


State Police have been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze and the state fire marshal’s office may also take part in an effort to determine the origin of the fire.

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