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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


We understand that J. Hardman contemplates building a gasoline power boat for use at his ferry at the foot of Williams Street.


J.M. Hamilton and R.M. Marshal have purchased 300 acres of the farm in Sheridan district known as “Sixteen Bend.” This is one of the best pieces of farm lands in the county, and we understand that it was purchased at a rare bargain.


Wig Bickel is transporting his tools and machinery from this place to Orma on the West Fork, where he will drill a well for Sherwood Oil Co. It will be a rank “wild catter” and will be watched with a great deal of interest.


C.C. Starcher and Dr. Pickering have sold the Good Steamer Clarence to a gentleman from Ohio, and that splendid boat will be taken off the Little Kanawha trade. This is one of the best gasoline boats on this or any other river and has done a big business. Its being taken off of this trade will be a big help to the other boats on this river.



1960, 50 years ago

Sixty million householders will join census officials beginning Mar. 28 in all 50 states.


This is the 18th census of population and housing in the U.S. and, in some ways, it might be the most interesting. The first census was taken 170 years ago, in 1790. Thomas Jefferson was then Secretary of State.


The census, which is taken every 10 years, is expected to show trends that will influence business, cities and states, and even sections of the country. The states and sections will be interested to know how their population is being affected, where it is growing, and where citizens are decreasing in number.


One of the political results of the census will be that on it will be based Congressional representation, as elected in 1962. Because the House of Representatives is limited to 435 seats, after the census is taken, it will be determined how many persons each representative will represent. Some states are expected to lose Congressional representation, and others are expected to gain.


A number of eastern states, including West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania, will lose representation as a result of the census.


All in all, we will know much more about ourselves, some of it in a few months, and all the information within a year.



 1985, 25 years ago

At a special board of education meeting at Brooksville School, board members dealt with routine matters in one hour and 20 minutes. Members heard from BCM Corp. spokesman Stan Wallace concerning asbestos contamination in county school buildings. 


At Calhoun High School, pipes in the boiler room area and those in room 100 were found to be harbor threats of asbestos contamination. At Arnoldsburg, pipe wrappings in the “pump house” were suspected of releasing airborne dust and fibers. Wallace recommended closing Room 100 at the high school, since many students use this area, and plans were laid to do so.


Bad weather proved a boon, as county schools were closed the day following the meeting. Saturday morning, maintenance crews attacked all three problem areas, removing the suspected materials and allowing operations as usual when schools reopened Monday.

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