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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


R.P. Mollohan is in Washing-ton having a “cork” limb fitted to his body. He will be detained there for several days learning to use his new limb. He reports a pleasant trip.


Dowd Stump, the progressive Phillips Run farmer, experimented this year with a new crop, milo maze, and judging by the specimen left at the Chronicle office it will be a profitable crop for this country. It resembles cane, and is a fine food for horses, cattle and poultry.


Mrs. Guy E. Teter and little daughter Dorothy Virginia, who visited home folks at this place during the summer, returned home to Montana last Tuesday. Miss Mattie Hays accompanied them as far as Parkersburg, where she visited for a day.


Dick Hays is breaking a colt for Ralph Bennett of Stumptown. The colt is highly bred, and is as fine as they grow in this country.


Alvan Vannoy, son of Lewis Vannoy, was host Wednesday eve at a pleasant surprise party given by the Stumptown band. It was Alvan’s 27th birthday. After being loaded with numerous valuable presents, it was left to Roy Linger, who lately joined the “Benedicts” to make the presentation of the evening with a large rag doll. Alvan is one of the young businessmen of the Steer Creek valley, and may he have many returns of the day.



1960, 50 years ago

Although many economic experts say we are in a recession that began in June, the outlook for the sixties should be good.


This is true because of the huge increase in homes expected in the 1960’s. The war boom babies, which occurred in the early forties and carried through into the late forties, will be heavily felt in the sixties.


Marriages will set records, and each family will need appliances, automobiles, and all the things which make the average American family household. For this reason then, there should be a tremendous demand in the next three or four years, and the economy should expand greatly.


The mere fact that households are increasing, and that we are experiencing a sudden new-family bulge in the early sixties, does not automatically create prosperity.


On the other hand, if business opportunity is available, and if inflation is controlled, there are most of the ingredients present for a high level of economic activity.


The sixties promise a great economic opportunity for enterprising businessmen and those who are willing to work and expand their business. Barring a very serious depression, the sixties could be the most prosperous decade, overall, of the U.S. in a long time.


 1985, 25 years ago

Ever-ingenious at finding unbudgeted funds for school projects, superintendent of schools Ron Blankenship at Monday night’s meeting of the board of education unveiled a plan to finance new bleachers and a heater-air conditioning unit for the high school gym. The decision to go ahead on both improvements, at a cost of $60,000, was made quickly at the Sept. 23 meeting after Blankenship assured the board the expenditures would not “cramp” the county’s school budget.

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