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This Week In History, 3-25-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Hope Natural Gas Co. is now paying rentals on the Steer Creek holdings formerly held by Columbia Gas and Electric Co. We assume the Standard Co. has taken over the holdings of that company in this county, especially those in the upper districts.


Several cases of scarlet fever are reported from Philips Run and vicinity.


County Supt. Coleman J. Gainer conducted an examination for pupils in the common school branches who desire a diploma. There were 17 hopefuls who took the examination. Another examination will be held Apr. 14-15.


Atty. J.T. Waldo was engaged in some very interesting law suits in Squire Ferrell’s court at White Pine on Saturday.


The Steamer Clarence, which was loaded with Sam Gainer’s household goods, experienced quite a time in getting started Thursday for its trip to Ravenswood, until Charlie Starcher, manager, got up from his sick bed and took the wheel.



1960, 50 years ago

As the population of this county increases and more and more guns and fishing rods are taken out into the woods and on the streams and waters, an increasingly acute problem will be the conservation of wildlife.


This problem has already reached the acute stage in some areas, and with some species of wildlife. The answer to the threat of game extinction seems to lie in several fields. One of the remedies to this eventual outcome lies in shorter hunting and fishing seasons.


Conservation offices have responded to the threat of extinction, lowering the bag and catch limits and tightening enforcement, but it is not yet solved.


The major problem is the human factor--a mass psychology of the hunters and fishermen, and their attitude toward bag limits, seasons, etc.


Too many old time hunters have little regard for the limits, and laugh about above-limit totals. Many a covey of birds has been killed so greedily that none are around the next season. Until the realization that conservation habits must be practiced by all sportsmen, the decreasing supply of wildlife will remain an acute problem. The average hunter is the only one who can solve it.  



 1985, 25 years ago


Pennzoil Company, faced with supplemental oil and gas tax bills in Calhoun in excess of $48,000, has gone to court to ask judge George M. Scott to declare the tax levy “null and void.”


The complaint was filed against the county commission. It declares that “insofar as Calhoun County is concerned, the plaintiff is a ‘public service corporation’ within the meaning and intendment of Article 6 of Chapter 11 of the Code of West Virginia of 1931, as amended.”


The complaint was prepared by Richard A. Hayhurst, member of a Parkersburg law firm. Hayhurst’s complaint contends that during the fall of 1983 the Calhoun assessor did not comply with the West Virginia Code when he submitted to the sheriff the so-called “supplemental assessments.”

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