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This Week In History, 12-9-10

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1910, 100 years ago

 

The families of Mr. Tulley and Mr. Rogers, bridge men, left Friday morning for Sutton, where they will live this winter.

 

Hon J.M. Hamilton returned home on Saturday evening from Washington, where he had gone to be present at the opening of this session of congress.

 

An Italian was apprehended by detectives from the health department at Cincinnati, and held as a cholera suspect. It is said that he arrived in Philadelphia from Italy last week.

 

Veda Pugh, one of Calhoun’s most beautiful young women, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Watt Stump of Creston.

 

By orders from the town council, Wm. Wallace Fogle has the town street lights in fine shape. This work was badly needed and it has a shining effect on our little town

 

 

1960, 50 years ago

Some people believe doom’s day is the day after a presidential election, but University of Illinois professor Heinz von Foerster said it will come on Friday, Nov. 13, 2026.

 

That’s about 66 years hence and might crimp the plans of a good number of younger citizens hereabouts--and elsewhere, if the theory is accurate.

 

Foerster believes that the population of the world is increasing so fast, that by 2026, the human race will annihilate itself. This is a view shared by others, though Foerster’s target date is a bit more pessimistic than that of most calculators.

 

By 2026 we may be visiting other planets and even colonizing them. By that time, people will be laughing about the theories of “earth people,” who at one time thought that their planet was the only one suitable for life.

 

 

 1985, 25 years ago

(Continued from Last Week)

Fred and Mark Shock of Mt. Zion Construction Co., donated the use of a ’dozer and driver Rick Blankenship, using Donald Poe Gunn’s lowboy.

 

The hay would be welcomed by stricken farmers in Hardy County. All Calhoun County had to do was get it to Moorefield, let them know when it was coming and they’d have people ready to receive it at that end.

 

At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Stage I of the project was launched. The truck-lowboy rig and the big truck were there, driven by Woodrow Conley and Ben Kerby. Marvin Marks, Ron Huffman, Burt McCroskey, Dave Cunningham, Ray Melrath and Louis Slider loaded the hay.

 

In a little over an hour, the lowboy and the truck were both loaded full, with close to 600 bales. Early the next morning, the two loads of hay took off towards Moorefield. On the way, one of the engines began overheating and Billy Houchin sent out a crew to make a few repairs. The caravan was soon on its way again.

 

Phase II was scheduled for Saturday. The plan was to go back to the county park and get the remainder of the hay stored there. That would be trucked to Moorefield on Monday, weather permitting. Phase III would commence soon after Christmas, when they would go after the hay offered by Larry Arthur and Bill Stalnaker.

 

Some of Calhoun’s farmers lost some hay and some fence line, but compared with farmers elsewhere, Calhoun was in good shape, and some of its farmers and construction companies and equipment owners were happy to donate time and equipment to help those less fortunate.

This Week's Editorial:

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