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This Week In History, 8-19-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Work on the Grantsville bridge piers is progressing rapidly. Laying the stone for the west pier started this morning and will be pushed right along until completed. Quarrymen are taking the stone at Hamilton quarry.


A good position can be had by ambitious young men and ladies in the field of “wireless” or railway telegraphy. Since the 8-hour law became effective, and since wireless companies are establishing stations throughout the country, there is a great shortage of telegraphers. Positions pay beginners from $70 to $90 per month, with good chance of advancement.


Jesse Mason, superintendent of Yellow Creek Oil Co. of Ayers, was a business visitor in town on Saturday. We are glad to note that he has almost recovered from the injury he received by running a nail through his foot.


Farmer’s Institute, which was held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Zion, was not as largely attended as was anticipated on account of rain. An interesting meeting was held and farmers who attended learned a great deal.



1960, 50 years ago

How often have we sat in a banquet hall and listened to a speaker, with a full head of steam, painting rosy dreams and seeing visions of a greater community?


Quite often, to be sure, we have heard this sort of speech.


After it is over, how many of us acted upon the suggestions, meeting together and planning the building of a greater community?



A greater community can be achieved by us, if we work together in the hope that future generations will enjoy this town and county, and if we are determined to crown our efforts with success. We want our community to be a thriving, progressive and glorious place in which to live, and we owe as much to those who have gone before us and lived here.


It must be remembered that we have accepted not only what former citizens of our community have left us, but all the gifts of all the men and women who have ever lived, and this is a considerable inheritance--for which we have paid nothing.


All of this inheritance came to us in our home community, and it is to our home community that we owe a debt, as every man and woman owes his hometown something. We think that every citizen should accept in his heart this debt, and should find a way to contribute some-thing to his community, to his country, and to the human race.


 1985, 25 years ago

Within the next several months, Continental Telephone Co. of West Virginia will no longer require its Grantsville (354) private line customers to give their telephone number to the operator when a placing a long distance direct dialed call.


Calls from private lines will become “automatically indentified,” charging all direct dialed long distance calls to the private line telephone used to place the calls, according to Jim McLaughlin, vice president and state manager of Continental .


“We plan to install automatic identification in Grantsville by late October,” said McLaughlin, “ANI is provided only to one-party telephone customers. In addition, this conversion aids in eliminating fraudulent calls made by persons charging calls to various private numbers.”

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