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This Week In History, 11-11-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


County superintendent Cole-man J. Gainer has moved his family into the Hagan Barr property in Grantsville. We are indeed glad to welcome this most estimable family and hope that their residence here will be permanent.


The many friends of S.W. McClung are glad to see him back among his friends in the hills of Calhoun. He returned Wednesday and will remain a couple or three weeks. Mrs. McClung and baby did not come with him. Snowden is looking well and is confident he is getting well.


1960, 50 years ago

A 37-year record of continuous service was broken last Wednesday when, for the first time since 1923, gas was off in all sections of Grantsville.


Gas was off in the main part of the town about two and one-half hours, and about three hours in South Grantsville. Workmen for Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc., were making some changes in the equipment when the interruption occurred. It was all quite unexpected.


It became necessary to check every place in town to see that all appliances were turned off before service could be restored. If this had not been necessary, gas could have been back on within minutes, said Thurl Proudfoot, Cabot’s district superintendent. No chances were taken of explosion or fire.



 1985, 25 years ago

By Sunday evening, Nov. 10, it was official, West Virginia was listed as a disaster state and Calhoun was one of 29 counties named by Gov. Arch Moore as victims of devastating floods.


The flood waters did not crest until late on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 5. It took another 24 hours before the raging waters of the Little Kanawha River and feeder streams and creeks subsided to something approaching normal levels. Even as silted and debris-laden waters receded, homeowners, businessmen and school personnel were trying to salvage their belongings and assess the extent of the damage.


Comparisons were made with the flood of 1967. Eighteen years ago, the waters rose halfway up Court St. in Grantsville and entered Western Auto. The level of this flood was about 18 to 20 inches lower. In 1967, the Red Cross counted 228 homes, 23 trailers and 24 business places damaged by water.


This year’s unofficial count listed 287 residences, at least 13 businesses, two rooms in the high school and all of Brooksville Elementary as suffering water damages. A preliminary estimate put the damage at between $6-8 million.


Run off from creeks and streams occurred in Philips Run, Sycamore and Yellow Creek. Major damage was along the Little Kanawha in the Grantsville area to past Big Bend. The school bus garage was deep in water. At the high school, the art room and the pre-vocational training room took water.


On Rt. 5, State Police evacuated their building on Monday evening, and set up at Baker’s Mart, and later in the town police building.

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