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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Calhoun County comes to the front this week with a silver mine story. A farmer found a chunk of silver weighing over 20 pounds, and he believes he has a better thing going than the Bickel and Otto Lehman gasoline factory.


E.R. Fluharty of near Lough sold an option on his farm to a New York mining promotion concern for silver or other precious metals for $500. In the contract it was provided that the farm should be tested and should any metal or quartz be found in paying quantities, Fluharty is to receive $7,500 more, or $8,000 in all, for any precious metal that is found. The option is for six months only, and it is provided that the farm must be tested in that time, otherwise the mineral right will revert to Fluharty.


About 15 years ago, Fluharty discovered a piece of white ore, hard as marble, yet from all appearances seemed a silver nugget. The ore was about the size of the crown of a hat, but weighed in the neighborhood of 50 pounds. He believed it to be silver, and told several friends about it, and since that time has received propositions from many companies for lease or option on the farm. Each company making the proposition wanted a lease or option for test free and pay a royalty on all minerals taken out.


He has refused these propositions, and about two weeks ago Harry S. Jenkins of New York, mining promoter, visited the farm, examined the ore and took a six months lease, paying down the $500 for the privilege of making the test.


Fluharty has never secured any assay of the ore, but has succeeded in smelting several specimens during difficult times. He believes it to be rich in silver and certainly contains some metal of more than ordinary value. --Sentinel


1960, 50 years ago

An electronic secretary, installed last week for Haliburton Oil Well cementing company, was done by United Telephone Co. It is a device for recording messages on tape, to be played back when needed. In this way messages may be telephoned in at any time, on a 24-hour a day basis, be recorded, and when the office is opened, all messages are played back, and answered.


The secretary answers each phone call with a recorded announcement, asking that messages be recorded. The tape is of such length that an average of 12 messages can be recorded.


Because of the necessity of having this special piece of equipment here, United had to make some modernization on the existing phone lines.



 1985, 25 years ago

Darrell Shock, a member of Rush Run Extension Home-maker’s Club, has been actively involved in making a 60-year old dream at Jackson’s Mill come true.

 Since it was established as the state 4-H camp, the dream has been to emphasize the history of the area. On Apr. 24 a ground breaking ceremony was held to begin site preparation for the relocation of the 200-year-old Blaker Mill, a gift from Robert Blaker of Alderson.

With all its equipment intact, including a rare barrel packer, the mill is being disassembled and will soon be moved to Jackson’s Mill.

Shock has donated two weeks of his time labeling each board and stone, so when the mill is reassembled each piece will fit into its proper place.

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