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This Week In History, 1-28-10

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1910, 100 years ago

 

Hudson did not discover the Hudson River. Fulton did not invent the steamboat. Columbus did not discover America. Cook did not discover the North Pole. Paul Revere did not take that famous midnight ride. To all of these statements, we have listened with much patience, but the story from Chicago that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow did not kick over the lamp is too obviously cowherdly to be given consideration.

 

Andrew Rogers, progressive young barber, has greatly improved the appearance of his shop on Court St.

 

D.W. Shock and wife rode to town Sunday behind their little mules. Dwight likes his mules, but says they are awful active.

 

Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Swentzel of Russett will move here in the near future to enable their two children, Vera and Willard, to attend school.

 

Allie Hardman was in town on Saturday to transact business. He had one of the finest pair of match mules we have ever seen in the county. He got them from Jarret DePue of Roane County.

 

“Tode” Bennett’s family has been exposed to small pox and are under strict quarantine.

 

1960, 50 years ago

Bombing has been hinted in two airplane crashes. One was in Maryland and the other in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing has been proved, however.

 

Now that the hint of a bomb’s use in these crashes has been aired, the problem for airlines has become even more serious. Public sentiment is concentrating on the dilemma involving bombs and air travel, and the resulting state of mind is certain not to be beneficial to airlines.

 

The greatest danger, it would seem, would be on over-water flights. A bomb used on an aircraft flying over a large body of water can seldom be detected, because the plane and its occupants disappear in the sea below in a short period of time.

 

For insurance companies, this poses a problem. The passengers who did not detonate the bomb are killed by the accident, and are often entitled to double or even triple indemnity. The problem is to devise methods of determining the guilty party in such tragedies, if it can be done, and possibly a closer check of baggage.

 

There is no easy solution to this problem. Airlines will hesitate to begin checking passengers’ baggage, although an instrument might be used to detect metal, but this would involve an irritating, time consuming operation, which could not be done effectively at all times, under the present system.

 

 

 1985, 25 years ago

Otter, or more specifically, river otter, are members of the weasel family and were once widely distributed throughout the North American continent.

 

For the past several generations, due to industrialization and general disturbance of habitat and breeding locations, the river otter has all but disappeared. Thanks to the W.Va. Dept. of Natural Resources, these denizens of the lakes and streams in wooded country are making a comeback.

 

A male and a female otter were released in the Little Kanawha River near the State Police barracks on Rt. 5.

 

Before this, six other otter were implanted with radio monitors and released into the Little Kanawha. Over the next several months, a total of 30 otter are scheduled to be released into the river.

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