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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


A very large barn, belonging to A. Jackson Snider of Cedarville, burned last Saturday at about 10 p.m. with all contents, including hay, grain, wagons, buggies, harness, farm implements, etc. The only thing saved was a mowing machine.


The building is supposed to have been set on fire, and early Sunday morning bloodhounds were brought up from Lockney. They took a trail and led off for a mile or two to a barn, where the parties are supposed to have ridden away on horses. A young man named Chapman was placed under arrest, but was adjudged not guilty at a preliminary hearing, Monday evening, before a local justice. The loss is estimated at $1,200, with no insurance. Snider has been and continues very ill at his home.


“Aunt Cindy” Vannoy, the aged and highly respected widow of the late Ben Vannoy, died at her home near Stumptown on Friday morning.



1960, 50 years ago

The post office department has done it again! Here we are right in the middle of another of those semi-annual upheavals in the postal system. Routes are changed, torn up, new ones started, and postmasters, clerks, and the public must again get used to a new way.


We are for progress in the post office department--don’t get us wrong, but we are amazed at how expert that department is in doing their job of mail distribution the hard way.


Here’s an example: Mail from Grantsville, destination Big Bend, nine miles away, is sent out each evening by truck at 5:00. The carrier drives directly to Big Bend, stops at the post office, goes in, gets a sack of outgoing mail--but does not leave any mail there. Our mail, destined to go from Grantsville to Big Bend, must instead go right by there, all the way to the Parkersburg post office, be carried inside and handled by clerks there.


The next morning, the same carrier picks it up from the Parkersburg post office, hauls it right back to Big Bend in the same truck. Isn’t that the hard way? It is not unusual for mail going from one place to another, located only a few miles apart, be routed over 100 miles around, and handled in several different offices.


It should be remembered that postmasters, clerks and carriers have no choice but to send mail in the way ordered by officials, yet they are the ones who get all the complaints and are quite often blamed for delay of mail. We have found that the county postmasters and clerks are anxious to dispatch mail as quickly as possible, and we appreciate their cooperation.


 1985, 25 years ago

The idea of small communities starting projects to create parks around the county is taking hold. Dora and Denver Starcher of Chloe recently donated about two acres of bottom land to be used for recreation purposes in the Stinson-Mudfork area.


The land, called the Starcher Recreational Park Project, is about one mile off Rt. 16. Denver Starcher said that plans call for installation of swings, picnic tables and playground areas. Before the park can be opened for general use, a road must be built.


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