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This Week In History, 6-3-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Sunday School and meeting are a thing of the past at the new church on Daniels Run. We have a fine church house and a thickly settled community and it is a shame we don’t have a regular meetings.


J.J. Starcher is the crack trader of Claria. He traded a yoke of oxen to W.E. Anderson for a $250 horse.


An editor, away for a while, left his paper in the charge of a preacher. During the minister’s stay in the sanctum, the following letter came from a subscriber: “I know very well I paid my subscription to your paper last time I was in town. If I get any more such letters as I received last week, I will come in and maul the h--l out of you.” The minister answered, “I have been trying to get that out of the editor for 10 years, and if you can come down and maul it out of him, then my dear sir, I have 20 members of my church I will give you to operate on.”



1960, 50 years ago

Most of us are inclined to admire those who have strong convictions on the day’s major issues. The man who freely and vigorously argues all the major topics, knowing correct solutions to them all, passes in some people’s eyes as a great leader. Quite often, the one who listens and says little, and qualifies most of what he says, is considered a bit slow.


The politician must take a stand on almost everything. It would never do for him to say he didn’t know about this or that, or thought there was a good argument on both sides of this or that question. A certain percentage of his admirers want him to take the lead, to espouse one strong conviction, and that he usually does, and in doing so, carries with him those who place their faith in him. Often, he knows it is almost mandatory for him to take a strong stand on certain issues--because his constituents demand it.


We might consider a bit more these days the man who seldom knows all the answers to the great questions of the day, but who can consistently discuss both sides, and shed a constructive light on most conversations.



 1985, 25 years ago

In the last two weeks Gov. Arch Moore, Jr., has approved major grants for two Calhoun projects--a $252,000 grant for wastewater system improvements in Grantsville and a $108,000 grant for the Calhoun County Park at Sycamore.


June 3, Moore recommended that the Appalachian Regional Commission should approve the $252,000 grant through the ARC Distressed Counties Program. The money would be used to modernize Grantsville’s wastewater system that serves the town’s 788 residents. The project calls for renovation of the treatment plant, installation of a lift station and the replacement of collection lines.


In mid-May, Moore stated that he had approved a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant not to exceed $108,000 from the National Park Service.


The grant, when matched with local dollars, will be used for construction of picnic facilities, trails, playgrounds and ball fields at the county park. The $125,000 purchase price of the acreage at Sycamore was more than adequate to meet    the match requirements of the grant.



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