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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


There was quite a mix up in the vicinity of Joker on Friday night. No one was seriously injured, but it is said that one fellow’s face was made a punching bag, and that it took him some time to recover his good looks. Pernua was the favorite drink and the participants indulged freely.


A perfect town is that in which you see the farmer patronizing the home merchants, the laborers spending the money they earn with their tradesmen, and all animated by a spirit that will not purchase articles abroad if they can be bought at home. The spirit of reciprocity between the man and the mechanic, tradesman and laborer, farmer and manufacturer results every time in making the town a perfect one to do business in.


“Protection” should be desired, even where attainment is barely possible, we presume, but a perfect town must be denominated a great rarity until we reach a more advanced stage toward millennium than has yet been gained.


Charley Stump has been doing some hauling in the Bigroot oil field for the past 10 days. He had a very peculiar accident happen while hauling across a bridge near the residence of Sam Kellar. His wagon was heavily loaded and as he drove upon the bridge, it gave away, letting horses, wagon, driver and all down into a deep ravine, but luckily no one was hurt, except “Spave” lost some little time in getting his horses and wagon back onto the road.



1960, 50 years ago

Work is progressing at a fast rate on the new bridge across the Little Kanawha River at Creston. At the same time, it was reported that the old Creston ferry is now out of the running and all traffic is being routed by way of Munday.


Lakin Peters, representing the bridge contractor, said that one pier of the new bridge is completed, both abutments are completed, one on either side of the river, and that the pier on the Creston side of the river would be completed very soon. Work is underway on the foundation for the pier in the middle of the river.


One coffer dam cell has been erected in the middle of the river and excavation is being done for pouring the footer.


It was reported in the Wirt County Journal that Oral Arthur, ferry operator, wants to permanently stop ferrying, and the State is “glad of it.” The ferry flat is old, and, in the opinion of some people, dangerous. Service had to be interrupted by a low water stage of the river. That flat has been swung aground into the mouth of the West Fork, and has not been used for several days.


A temporary bridge has been constructed across the river at the site of the new bridge construction, for use by the contractors in their work, but neither the contractor nor the state will accept responsibility of permitting the public to use that temporary span.



 1985, 25 years ago

How many Calhoun County adults and children habitually wear automobile seat belts? A random study, organized by Carlene Frederick, seat belt chairman, was conducted on July 20 at the Foodland parking lot, and the results were dismaying. Only about 10% of those observed were using seat belts in their cars.


The survey was conducted by Lee Godbey, Loretta Saurborn and Sylvia Hammers between 10 and 11:30 a.m. As vehicles left or arrived at the parking lot, the observers watched to see if the occupants of the cars buckled or unbuckled seat belts. In this manner, 257 adults and 59 children were studied. Only 26 adults and eight children were seen to be using seat belts.


As part of their efforts, the observers distributed literature on seat belt safety and gave out lollipops carrying the message: “Lick Highway Deaths--Use Seat Belts.” Frederick said that her committee would conduct another survey in a few months, and expressed the hope that more of the public would acquire the seat belt habit. 

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