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This Week In History, 8-26-10

     

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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1910, 100 years ago

 

M.L. Clark and Son’s Big Combined Shows will give exhibitions on Tuesday and Wednesday in Arnoldsburg. The show is much improved for the present season, with more people, animals and horses--the largest and best Wild West Wagon Show in existence. The show has often been mimicked, but never equaled.

 

As a special feature is a company of cow boys and girls from the plains of the West--some of the best riders and ropers the world has ever produced; also, a band of Sioux Indians that will take a special part in each exhibition.

 

Besides the real wild west attractions, they have some of the best circus talent that can be secured. A fine band of music will be heard and there will be a street parade daily at 1:30 p.m.

 

Come and bring the family. Don’t miss the show, as it is likely to be a long time before you have an opportunity of seeing a show of this kind again.

 

 

1960, 50 years ago

Since January, there have been 17 people in Calhoun who could have died from rabies, according to Health Dept. records.

 

They were all exposed to the disease, but took anti-rabies shots. Seven of these exposures were in August. If a child on the way to school sympathetically picked up a cat because it appeared to be sick, should the cat bite the child, but not seriously, the child could be exposed to rabies and it might escape detection. Once symptoms do appear, the disease is incurable, and a horribly painful death is inevitable.

 

The present quarantine on dogs and cats should not be taken lightly. The cooperation of all persons will be required to wipe out rabies in this area. Elimination of stray dogs will stop a transfer of this disease from one area to another, and the foxes will die from the epidemic of rabies, which now exists among them.

 

Never, said county agent Bill Arhick, be deluded from the fact that dogs are the number one problem in human rabies. Since the dog is a domesticated animal, he is a close associate of man, yet he also spends considerable time in the same environment as the fox. Hundreds of foxes die with rabies and it goes unnoticed by man because they live in two different environments. If a dog dies with rabies, it is nearly always known. In addition to endangering human life, the infected animal may bite several head of livestock causing considerable loss of money.

 

According to West Virginia Code, it is unlawful for dogs and cats to be moved from the premises without a special permit from the commissioner of agriculture. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat to permit such dog or cat to run at large in the quarantined area. Any dog or cat running at large may be caught and confined or may be shot or otherwise destroyed by any person, without any liability thereof.

 

 

 1985, 25 years ago

Two of Calhoun County’s three volunteer fire companies received checks of $3,884 from the State treasurer as part of a distribution of $1,480,727 to volunteer and part-paid fire departments in West Virginia.

 

The distribution, made by State treasurer James Manchin’s office, came from a one percent tax on gross fire and casualty insurance premiums. Only fire companies certified by the State Fire Marshall were eligible to receive the money. In Calhoun, checks were mailed to Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. and Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Dept.

 

The State treasurer notified the newly-organized Arnolds-burg Volunteer Fire Dept. that the reason it did not participate in the distribution was because it had not been certified by the State fire marshal’s office. He urged the company, if they felt that an error had been made, to contact the office. While it is apparently too late to make any corrections on this year’s distribution, the new fire company could be eligible to share in next year’s allocations.

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