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This Week In History, 2-18-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Russell Johnson, son of the late A.R. Johnson who was accidentally killed at Steubenville, Ohio, last year, was arrested last Wednesday on a charge of theft, having stolen an overcoat from Billy Fogle.


He was brought to trial before Squire Hays, and promptly confessed his guilt. He was handed a lemon in the shape of a $10 fine and five days in jail, but was permitted to remain at large for a period of 24 hours, in which time he expected to get hold of enough money to pay his fine. He returned according to his agreement and in consideration of his honesty in this particular, the Squire remitted the jail sentence.


(Editor’s poem) “But of all the Chronicle kickers who make the art a trade, the cranks who kick the papers are the lowest on the grade; they kick if you forget them in a notice of a fight, and lift the very ceiling if their names are not spelled right; they kick because the paper is silent on their fads, and kick a little harder when it has a run of ads; they kicked when dunned for money, and when at last they pay, they leave you with a blessing which takes your breath away.”



1960, 50 years ago

More and more attention is being called to the fact that boys and girls in this country are showing the effects of a lack of exercise. The increasing number of automobiles and luxury living is to blame.


Moreover, our cities are growing larger, with more people living in metropolitan areas. It is a traditional fact that city living does not build the strongest body. It often includes too much soft seat television viewing and automobile sitting.


If your child thinks he or she must be driven to and from school every day, or considers it unthinkable to walk to social functions or other events, perhaps you are neglecting his or her physical conditioning. There are health experts who believe that children should not be hauled to school by bus, since they miss one of the major sources of exercise they would otherwise have.


Parents should see to it that they are not rearing flabby muscled Americans, who will not be able to stand up to the demands of an emergency, or military service, or severe adversity in time of crises, when the country most needs these qualities in its citizens.


 1985, 25 years ago

The Calhoun County board of education and the highway department have special reasons for feeling that the winter of 1984-85 is the worst we’ve had in years. Because of heavy snowfalls, followed by thawing and below-freezing weather, school has been cancelled 13 times since late December. During the same period, the highway department crews have been working around the clock in a valiant effort to keep the county’s 500 miles of roads open and usable.


 Because of the prolonged bad weather experienced, the tally on school cancellations has been unusually high: one day in late December, eight in January and four so far in February. The decisions to cancel were tied closely to the generally difficult and exhausting experience of the highway department.


Since the beginning of this year, highway crews have used up 700 tons of salt, 1,400 tons of sand, and 800 tons of cinders.




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