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This Week In History, 7-29-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Godfrey L. Cabot is in the county, looking after his extensive interests. He will start a well soon on the Yoak farm on the hill east of Grantsville.


Another dog, supposed to have hydrophobia, was killed Sunday evening near the courthouse by orders of Sergeant Bob Hamilton.


County court met in a special session on Saturday to pass upon the two ferries at this place. The court purchased the rights of way for ferry from Jerome Hardman for $50, and thus a very knotty problem was disposed of, as Hardman had a deed for the riverbanks where the bridge piers are being built, and it is thought by many to be a little unjust to take his ferry and banks without any compensation. Under this arrangement, everybody is satisfied.


An automobile from Parkersburg, carrying a party of oil men, broke down near the Bell ford on Saturday. The occupants were conveyed to this place by a livery team.


Contractor R.C. Morgan has been in town during the past week. He finished up the Bland well on Bull River, and got a duster of the rankest kind in the Big Injun sand. He will drill next on the Kight farm near the head of Bull River.



1960, 50 years ago

One of the first sun-powered cars was demonstrated in England. It was a 1912 Baker electric automobile, similar to the one driven by the late Thomas Edison.


On top of the antique automobile is a 26 square foot panel of solar cells, which receive the sun’s rays and charge batteries, as a result. It takes about two days of exposure to sunlight for the automobile to develop enough power to propel the car at 20 miles an hour for several hours. These solar cells are the primitive type, and more advanced cells are available today.


It is possible, so scientists say, for an automobile to be developed which will utilize the sun’s energy for city or town use. It would probably be impossible to develop a car, at present, which could be used for long distance travel, which would be practical, but a car could be developed which could be used as a runabout in the average town.


If and when it arrives, it will eliminate the need for noisy engines, the use of gasoline and oil, and will eliminate smoke and fumes. This could be a blessing in such areas as Los Angeles, where smog is a major problem. It could also ease the budget problem in many households, where the monthly gasoline bill is $25 to $75.



 1985, 25 years ago

American Arbitration Association has ruled against a contractor who sought to collect $392,000 over his original bid for earth-moving work at the Calhoun County Industrial Park.


David Heeter Dozer Construction Co. asked for payment from the Calhoun Development Corp. above the original bid of $484,502 because work crews encountered considerably more rock than anticipated.


Ivy Von Yoak, president of CDC, said that work was proceeding at the industrial park site. He said that two companies have expressed strong interest in locating their businesses at the park once the earth-moving is completed.


Yoak said that the search for other occupants is continuing. He planned to apprise county commissioners of the current situation at the industrial park and discuss plans for the future. 

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