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This Week In History, 10-28-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Tode and Jake Bennett completed a water well for the firm of Smith & Huffman at their barn, and are now drilling the well deeper at the residence of Jacob Huffman.


It is a noble thought of the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic that hereafter there be but one annual national encampment of all veterans of the Civil War, Union or Confederate. Both North and South have their glorious memories, records of inextinguishable brilliancy that will live as long as American history is read or tradition revered.


The men who engaged in these stupendous battles are rapidly decreasing in number, bent with age and crowned with honors. Well may they devote their remaining years to the cultivation of that spirit of fractional affection and unity that has grown out of that great conflict. One camp for all, the Blue and the Grey. It is a splendid conception, and would furnish a spectacle and a lesson in exalted ideals and high purposes for the world and the nation.


Next year will see the passing of a half century since the inception of hostilities, so bravely and fearfully fought out and with such a splendid outcome. It would be an apt time for the consummation of the commander-in-chief’s idea, when all the old warriors might meet as one great army, the pride and the inspiration of the Union.



1960, 50 years ago

One of the oldest landmarks in Grantsville is in the process of being destroyed. It is a very large tree, located in the front yard of the American Legion property.


The tree, over 18 feet in circumference, has become a danger to the area. It was found to be hollow. Several months ago, a portion of the tree fell and did considerable damage, so Legion officials started Saturday on the job of removing it.


Another newsworthy tree is one that fell Sunday morning on the electric power lines on Rt. 5 at the mouth of Big Root, between Grantsville and Big Bend. It was a large oak tree that did considerable damage. The break was thought to have also set up vibrations in the line which caused another break over a mile away, the line falling across the road between the Wayne Underwood and Forrest Gunn properties.


Work crews from Monongahela Power Co. toiled 12 hours to restore damaged lines.


 1985, 25 years ago

At the conclusion of a two-day trial in circuit court, Daniel Dewitt Duskey of Creston was found guilty of two charges stemming from an attempt to burn down Grantsville’s State Police barracks in May, 1994. After two hours of deliberation, the jury pronounced Duskey guilty of two felonies -- possession of a Molotov cocktail and conspiracy.


Duskey is being held in the county jail under $50,000 bond. The soonest possible date for sentencing is Nov. 25, when Judge Robert B. Ziegler will consider an informational advisory promised by prosecuting attorney Charles McCarty concerning Duskey’s prior felony convictions. If McCarty can show that Duskey is a habitual criminal, based on at least two previous felony convictions, the mandatory sentences stipulated by West Virginia Code is life imprisonment.

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