The following reports are taken from
The Calhoun Chronicle archives:
The body of a fully developed, newly born male child was found
in an oil tank on Rowels Run, Thursday, by gauger Sam Fleming. Prosecutor
Mathews held an inquest, which resulted in establishing the fact that the child
had lived and breathed, but, owing to the fact that the body had been sub-merged
in oil, and that the weather had been very cold, it was impossible to tell how
long the child had been dead. With a newspaper found in the tank, with which the
body had been wrapped, it is supposed that not more than a week had elapsed
since the fiendish crime had been committed. The report has reached here that
there is strong evidence connecting a young unmarried lady, who resides in the
Rowels Run oil field.
The ban that had existed for several weeks at Parkersburg
against gathering or attending schools, churches, theaters, etc., on account of
an epidemic of scarlet fever, was lifted the first of the week.
One of the cardinal rules of fox hunting seems to be that the
fox is never to be killed--and Brown Wilson is a loyal fox hunter, who has spent
40 years enjoying the sport without ever killing one.
His record is gone now. He killed his first fox on Tuesday
morning. His neighbor, Mrs. Roy J. Stump of Russett, called on him for help when
a large grey fox was injured by a car near her home. Apparently, the creature’s
back had been broken when struck by a car, and it was unable to get away. Wilson
said that it was an extremely good specimen in apparent good health, and that he
regretted having to kill such a fine animal that, had it not been hurt, would
have given endless joy to hunters and hounds alike.
How did county, state and federal officialdom respond to the
Flood of 1985 as it affected Calhoun County?
Although Grantsville did not call an official emergency meeting,
two council members, Joe Virden and Larry Harris, converted the town offices
into emergency headquarters, giving temporary quarters to State Police. Harris
and others manned the telephone for many hours, giving out information as it was
Dept. of Human Services was busy arranging for emergency food to
be trucked into the county. It arrived on the evening of Nov. 7. Staff worked
all weekend helping distribute the food. They also helped stricken families find
temporary housing. By Monday, most of the food had been distributed.
At Calhoun General Hospital, emergency
Diphtheria/Tetanus vaccine was available by Thursday, and the staff began
ad-ministering free shots to anyone who had been working in the contaminated
flood waters. Within 24 hours, over 150 individuals heard of the vaccine through
word of mouth and had their shots. By Monday evening, nearly
430 people had received the vaccinations.