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
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
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
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.
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
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.