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This Week In History, 6-10-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


S.T. Stump has found some very fine looking mineral rock on his farm above town. Samples have been sent to assayers to be analyzed, and Stump, as well as many others, think this is a good thing.


The Grantsville ball team defeated the Tannersville team by a score of 14 to 4 on Saturday. This team challenges any team in the country, Glenville preferred.


The 102nd anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis, only president of the Southern Con-federacy, was celebrated June 3 at his birthplace at Fairview, which is to be converted into a memorial park.


Some of our young pushers are trying to arrange a 4th of July celebration for Grantsville. They have a fine program in view and will shove things along, and we may feel assured that we will have something doing at home on that great American day.


1960, 50 years ago

Go kart racing is the newest interest of a group of people in the area, and is attracting a lot of attention to this newest kind of sport.


Powered by small gasoline motors, these little karts take the driver around the track at speeds between 30 and 60 miles an hour. The driver sits in a seat only two inches off the ground, and the lightweight frame consists mostly of tubing. They weigh from 75 to 100 lbs.


Local enthusiasts spend much time on a track located at Mt. Zion near the drive-in theatre on property owned by Richard Stalnaker. The track is one tenth of a mile in length and 16 feet wide. Electric lights are being installed at the track to lengthen the time of racing.


Kart owners include Richard Stalnaker, Robert Elliott, Leon Yoke, Ray Gumm, Jack Pitts, Don Pitts and Bill Barnes.


 1985, 25 years ago

West Virginia spring gobbler hunters harvested a record 4,190 turkeys during the 1985 season, according to the Wildlife Re-sources Division. This represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s record harvest of 3,387 turkeys.


Wildlife biologists attribute the record kill to the above average hatch last year and the aggressive program of live trapping and transplanting of turkeys to unoccupied ranges. Sixty percent of the harvest occurred in counties that were stocked with birds.




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