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This Week In History, 3-11-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


A large amount of sickness is reported from the upper end of Sherman District.


On account of the flood in Ohio, Grantsville had to do without mail for several days last week.


Tom Robinson of near Brooksville and his entire family are down with lagrippe. Never before were there as much sickness in the county as there is at the present time.


There is no local news, whatever, except sickness, and to report all the cases of sickness in this county would take a much larger paper than we publish.


Charley Stump launched his ferry boat on Saturday. She was christened the “Traveler’s Hope.”


M.M. Trippett marketed a wagon load of meat at this place on Friday. He reports a great lot of sickness in his community.


The steamer “Return” made a trip up the river to Third Run last Friday.


The Lulu S., a gasoline boat owned by Geo. Teener on the lower end of the Little Kanawha, came near going over the Leachtown lock on Wednesday, but by quick action of the cooler headed men of the crew, was prevented. Most of the men aboard jumped into the river and swam ashore. No harm was done.


1960, 50 years ago

Paul Kaufold, 38, of Valencia, Pa., was severely inured in an accident near Annamoriah on Saturday evening, and was not found until the next morning. It was estimated that he lay outside for approximately 15 hours, exposed to the cold.


An employee of Austin and Marshall drilling company, he was reported to have suffered a spinal cord injury, and paralysis had developed in both legs.


The accident was thought to have occurred about 6 p.m. The pickup truck that he was driving went over a hill and Kaufold was thrown from the truck. Despite his injuries, he managed to pull himself quite a distance by grasping roots and bushes, but was not found until about 9 a.m. on Sunday. 


 1985, 25 years ago

The town of Grantsville is looking for a new mayor. With only two months left to go on his two-year term, Joe Virden, in a surprise move, announced at 5 p.m. last Thursday that he was resigning, effective immediately.


According to Virden, he was not sick, was not angry at anyone, and had not had any disagreements with members of the council or other town officials.


“I just couldn’t justify in my own mind that I was doing a good job,” he told The Calhoun Chronicle. “I felt I had become ineffective; I was feeling stagnant.”

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