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This Week In History, 12-23-10

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1910, 100 years ago

 

Rev. Jackson, presiding elder of the M.E. Church South in this district, delivered two most excellent sermons in this town on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Little Frank Jeffreys, son of Jack Jeffreys of Main St., has been very sick for several days with pneumonia fever.

 

We are indeed sorry to learn that W.F. Plant continues in poor health from the dread Brights disease.

 

Miss Fay Oles returned from Roane County, where she has been nursing Mrs. Hardman. She is a fine nurse, and her services are very much appreciated by her patients.

 

Louis Vannoy was a guest within our village on Friday. He is much of a gentleman, and we always like to shake his hand.

 

Billie Mathews is having some ice put up this week, and is having fine weather for the business.

 

1960, 50 years ago

Though it has appeared that China had bowed to Russia in the ideological struggle within the communist world, the latest word from Moscow is that the rift between the two greatest communist powers is still very much alive.

 

For the free world, this is encouraging news in one sense, though China’s course at present may lead to very dangerous years. The democracies have long hoped that the two big communist powers would fall out. On dogma, the seeds of a split appear to be present.

 

Refusal of the Chinese to accept Nikita Khrushchev’s short-of-war policies is an ominous sign. He said communism can win its world struggle without a new war that would wreck civilization, and produce no winner.

 

The Chinese believe that communism can win only with war and revolution, and they boast that they will have nuclear weapons in the very near future. The British believe a nuclear ban arrangement might be worked out with Russia, in view of China’s dissenting attitude and reported concern in Moscow over the Chinese position.

 

Already four powers have nuclear weapons, and diplomats believe the ban will become more and more difficult to obtain as additional powers develop them.

 

 

 1985, 25 years ago

Dr. Tom McNeel, state superintendent of schools, was the main speaker before a large audience when Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center held its advisory committee meeting.

 

McNeel expressed his pleasure with the Career Center and support from the community. He emphasized some of his concerns for education in West Virginia, focusing on the need to further develop meaningful partnerships in education, as well as a need for more parental involvement with the school system as a means to advance public education. McNeel said that the school/community association will enhance the public school system and be of benefit to the students, as well as business and industry.

 

In appreciation of his assistance to vocational education, McNeel was presented a hand-crafted engraved pen and pencil set with an inset barometer. He was also given a Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center jacket.

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