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This Week In History, 1-13-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


A suit of clothes made of stone is being promoted by a Broadway clothing dealer. The fabric was imported from Russia. It is manufactured from the fiber of a filamentous stone from mines located in Siberia. The material is soft and pliable, and, when soiled, has only to be placed in a fire to be made absolutely clean.


Brick Silcot tied up the Reliance at Creston on Saturday, and came home for a visit. He has built up a fine trade with his boat, and we are glad of it.


“Old Faithful,” Carr B. Shaffer, was arguing Democracy to the boys in town last week.


Mail service at this place has not been so unsatisfactory in the history of the town as they have been recently. The mail coming up the river is by boat, when it comes. From Smithville, it gets in so late at night that it is very inconvenient for those who have their business to attend and answer matter by the outgoing mails, such as the banks. A letter mailed from Glenville on Jan. 10 was received by a gentleman addressed at this office on Feb. 2, and there is a daily mail from there to this place.



1960, 50 years ago

It seems incredible, but the U.S, just 15 years after having helped smash Hitler and Ger-many into submission and utter destruction, is now urgently pleading for help from Germany--in the fight to maintain a stable dollar.


The Germans have responded by promising to spend a billion dollars on foreign aid. This will ease the pressure on the dollar in the field of foreign trade, to some extent, but government officials say it is not enough.


One of the reasons for this pinch is inflation, which gripped the dollar after World War II and during and after the Korean War. When we took controls off the economy after World War II, and when we failed to impose sufficient controls during the Korean War, cost of practically everything skyrocketed.


Products such as automobiles and steel rose so sharply in price that they were priced out of the European market. They were so high, other people in other countries could not buy them--and sales were lost. While we still sell more than we buy, the margin has narrowed so much that our large expenditures for military forces abroad are unbalancing the exchange and gold is flowing out of this country at a rate this year of about four billion dollars.


Despite the excuses, it is poor commentary that we, the richest nation in the world, find ourselves in such a financial pickle at this time.



 1985, 25 years ago

Late last week, the Parks and Recreation Commission elected a new president, and by the end of the two-hour meeting several committees had been organized, marching orders issued, and the long-delayed county recreation park seemed to be invigorated.


David Barr, appointed to the county commission early this month, told those present he had not yet accepted the appointment. He is convinced that all of the aspects of the proposed park could be realized, providing there was sufficient volunteer help available.

The main priority is to get a road into the park. Committees have to be formed for finance and publicity. Groups with special interests, such as tennis, nature, etc., have to be organized.

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