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This Week In History, 2-11-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


The testimony that is being given at the investigation into conditions existing at the Kanawha County jail smells as loud as the jail is said to. The grave defect in the West Virginia jail system is that sheriffs are permitted to run the prisons as private money making institutions, and in many counties, do so in disregard of the commonest principles of humanity. Jails should be maintained by the state and counties in the same way other public institutions are maintained.


Fay Oles returned home from Kane, Pa., last week, and will remain a guest of home folks for some time. She is a favorite with the Grantsville people, who are glad that she has returned.


Burnsville was the scene of a very disastrous fire on Monday night, and two children were burned to death and two buildings destroyed. The children were those of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, and the buildings were the furniture store and dwelling house of W.T. Brosius. The fire originated in the rooms over the furniture store in which lived the Allen family. Mrs. Allen had put the children to bed and left the building on an errand. While away, an explosion occurred in the room, supposedly due to gas escaping from a connection. Mr. Allen rushed in the room and succeeded in recovering one child, who was so badly burned that it died the next morning. The other perished in its bed.



1960, 50 years ago

LeRoy N. Darling, president of United Telephone Co., has announced that plans for dial telephone construction in Calhoun are progressing somewhat ahead of schedule. He said that preliminary engineering studies and surveys have been completed and that the entire county has been mapped, with each business establishment shown on the maps.


It is now possible, by reference to the maps, to see just where construction will be. These maps are on display at the Grantsville office.


The planned system for Calhoun, Darling said, has been viewed as unique in the telephone industry in that it marks the first time that complete rural service has been attempted with as completely modern equipment as that to be used in Calhoun. It is believed that, if the Calhoun venture is successful, it may well mark a milestone in the rural communication field throughout the country.


 1985, 25 years ago

The Calhoun varsity basketball team suffered their first conference loss at Doddridge County on Saturday night, 91-77. Earlier in the week, the Red Devils had ran their consecutive win streak to seven, with victories over Pennsboro, 61-57, on Tuesday, and Wirt County, 90-82, on Friday.

The quartet of Tim Collins, Jeff Taylor, Matt McPhail and Marlo Gonzales each scored double figures in all three games.


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