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This Week In History, 12-2-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Several Gypsies have been located around town for the past several days, and a greater portion of our young folk, especially the hopeful ladies, have had their fortune revealed to them by the feminine members of these bands.


“Uncle Em” Ball met with a very painful accident on Monday at his home a few miles below Grantsville. He was using a one-horse sled when the horse turned sooner than was expected stepping on Mr. Ball’s foot and causing him great pain. Dr. Pickering examined the foot, but we don’t know how serious it is.


A man by the name of Moore, of Poplar Creek off of Steer Creek, was killed by a tree falling on him while working in the woods last Tuesday.


John Booher of Daniels Run had the misfortune of getting the fingers taken off of his left hand by a shingle saw last week.



1960, 50 years ago

Four persons are serving time in the county jail, with fines levied against them for illegal deer hunting. Conservation officer Marvin W. Lewis apprehended the four last week and they were brought before justice of the peace Bryan Ward.


Penalties meted out were 100 days in jail, $100 fine; 30 days and $100; 60 days and $50; and 10 days and $20.


The charges included possession of an illegally killed deer, unlawful method of hunting, uncased gun in vehicle, and loaded gun in vehicle.



 1985, 25 years ago

It started with Larry Arthur’s concern for farmers in hard-hit areas who lost hay during the November flood. A farmer himself, Arthur had about 500 bales of hay he would be glad to donate if a way could be found to get it from his barn near Joker to some farmers who needed it.


He began making inquiries about two weeks ago and Dick Stalnaker tucked the information away in his head. As county clerk and a leader of the local Red Cross chapter, he knew he had the beginnings of some-thing. Tommy Carper, a part-time farmer and member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, remembered that close to 500 bales of good hay were stored in the old airplane hanger on the Barr farm at Sycamore, owned by the county for development as a recreation park.


Carper had cut hay on the park land on shares. The county's portion had been stored against the day when some areas of the park were re-seeded, and then the hay could be useful as mulch. It was excellent feed, too good to be used as mulch.


Carper and others had seen pictures of once-good farmland in the southern part of the state that had been eroded to the bedrock by raging floods. Anybody whose cattle survived was in desperate need of good feed. Carper, too, took the idea to Stalnaker.


Bill Stalnaker, who farms in the Annamoriah area, wanted to do something to help. He had about 100 bales to spare. Again, the problem was getting it from Calhoun to where it was needed. He, too, put the question to his brother, Richard.


Several phone calls followed. Charles Sperow of the WVU Extension office, Morgantown, said he would call around and find out where such assistance was most needed.

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