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This Week In History, 4-1-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Last Thursday evening, near Normantown, there occurred an awful tragedy in which Mr. and Mrs. Granville Miller were the participants, and which resulted in the death by hanging of Mr. Miller, and Mrs. Miller is lying at the point of death.

Just about a year prior to this, it will be remembered that two of these people’s children were burned to death. Since that time, reports say the couple has been having frequent and furious fights, and it is supposed now that in the fight that occurred last Thursday, Miller used an axe with such telling effect on his wife that he thought she would die.


When neighbors found her, she was in a dying condition and no trace, whatsoever, could be found of her husband. A strict search was instituted, but no trace of him was found until Saturday morning when his body was found hanging from a tree on top of the hill back of Normantown, where he had hanged himself.


There were no witnesses to the tragedy, the people who lived in the same house with the Millers being away from home.



1960, 50 years ago

Grantsville volunteer fire department has received a total of $690 from persons who donated their shares of stock in Citizens Telephone Co. to the department. Another 40 shares, at a value of $46 each, have been assigned to the department, but not yet received.


Members of the department said that they wished to thank those persons who had made the donations, and requested that persons willing to help the fire department turn over their checks to Orville Barnette at the G.L. Cabot office, or Donald Kelley at the bank.


Persons and business places that have already turned over phone company money include Mrs. Tell McDonald, Grace Barr, Calhoun County Bank, Mont Smith, Grantsville Appliance, Inc., Logan McDonald, H.C. Davis, Paul Slider, Ben Franklin Store, Jasper Bicker-staff, Raymond Boggs, Leason Proudfoot, Cousby Stutler, Frank L. Hefner, and The Calhoun Chronicle.  



 1985, 25 years ago


Listed below are figures, in pounds released per hour, relating to chemicals produced or handled by the Union Carbide plant in Institute. The plant is a twin to the one in Bhopal, India, where a chemical leak a few months ago killed over 2,000 people and injured countless thousands more.


Acetone, 345; Acrylonitrile, 39; Benzene, 72; 1-3-Butadiene, 127; 1-3-Dicyclcopentadiene, 99; Ethylene Oxide, 443; Formaldehyde, 87; Hydro-ethylcellulose, 69; Isopropanol, 585; Kerosine, 39; Methanol, 133; 2-Methyl Isocyanate, 12; Nitrogen Dioxide, 12; Propylene Oxide, 252; Tetralin, 22.


The figures are from a 1981 survey of major emissions from the plant through a study by Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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