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This Week In History, 9-23-10


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


Mrs. Hugh Johnson, who has been sick for several days with typhoid fever, is slowly recovering.

A young man by the name of Marks was pretty badly hurt at Talley’s stone quarry on Friday by a small fragment of stone hitting him in the head.

Crow and Dock Stump’s horse teams and Vess Stump’s ox team hauled pipe from Yellow Creek to Stumptown last week to tube the Argonaut well. The gas has increased considerably.

Reports from the Democratic meetings in Washington district are very encouraging. At each place, there was an overflow crowd, and, at Oka, there was a record crowd, a conservative estimate being placed at 500. Washington district voters have never faltered in their devotion to Democracy and will not this year. The meetings held at Chestnut Grove and Rush Run were largely attended and good reports may be expected from these places along about Nov. 8.

A. Hardman and son sold Conneway and Allender 17 head of grade cows, with calves at side, for $65 a head. This is a good price and shows the result of keeping a good bull.


1960, 50 years ago

About two weeks ago, it was announced by radio that an important and major announcement would be made by the Soviets the next day.


This word came just as the U.S. attempted to orbit the moon with a satellite, and failed. The effort was timed to occur during the U.N. meeting--when world leaders were gathered in New York. As usual, this U.S. scientific effort fizzled.


There is good evidence to indicate that a Russian effort-- probably to put a man into space--fizzled also. There is only conjecture, at the moment, over what happened, because the Russians do not tell us about their failures.


If it failed, the man who was sent into orbit around the earth was probably killed. News of this failure would not have been a propaganda victory for the Russians, so they would have been mum on the attempt.


Contrasting with this policy, we are now told that the U.S. is almost ready to attempt another orbiting of the moon. We would prefer to see our policy more in tune with that of the Russian policy, that of announcing results rather than intentions. In this way, our space program would be more impressive--even though we are lagging in the rockets and missiles field.


 1985, 25 years ago

Thursday, Sept. 19, Calhoun County’s Minnie B. Hamilton will be one of 10 prominent citizens to be inducted into the West Virginia Public Health Hall of Fame.


Minnie Hamilton was one of 15 children of the late John M. and Minnie Cook Hamilton, a pioneer Grantsville family.


Her career spanned 50 years of nursing service, starting in 1922 when she graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. From 1926-1933, she was a surgical nurse at Grafton City Hospital. In 1933, she re-turned to her home in Grantsville and was employed as the county school nurse. There was one high school, one elementary and an abundance of one-room schools. Through mud and snow on rural roads, she brought immunizations and home treatment, plus counseling in personal hygiene and problems of the adolescents.


She administered medical services in schools, in the home, in corn fields, and even at fishing holes. When children were absent from school because of a lack of books, clothing, or empty lunch pail, she always found a way to correct the situation.


From 1938-1947, she served with the Federal Government as a nurse concerned with problems and nutrition of migrant field workers. During World War II, she applied her professional skills in West Virginia, Virginia and Florida.


In February, 1947, she became the public health nurse in Calhoun, and assumed duties of her new position with the same enthusiasm that she displayed as a school nurse in 1933.


She approached community leaders for assistance and established a clothing store for the needy. She visited homes and attended women with pregnancy problems for 48 hours or more.


May 2, 1968, she received a merit award from the Public Health Association. After retiring in 1972, Minnie continued to express interest in public health until her death in 1981. In 1983, a new facility was named Minnie Hamilton Health Center. In 1984, a scholarship in her honor was endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hamilton at Parkersburg Community College.

Minnie Hamilton must surely be considered as a legend in her own time, who will always be remembered by those persons that she served so well in Calhoun County.

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