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This Week In History, 1-20-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1910, 100 years ago


E. Chenoweth returned from the Upper West Fork country during the last week, where he had spent a great deal of the winter looking after his interests. He reports several cases of smallpox at and near Rosedale in Braxton County.


Who invented the idea that it was against “the peace and dignity” of the town for the mill to blow a whistle at the noon-day hour and at 6:00? The mill or factory whistle is a sound of industry and the people like to hear it.


Dr. Dye reports numerous cases of LaGrippe throughout the county.


Almost every local gasoline boat arrived here on Saturday. They are doing a brisk business.


Gordie Vanhorn of Sycamore was a visitor in town Friday. He informs us that Ralph McCoy is progressing nicely with his timber job on the land recently purchased from McDonald. It is thought that the job can be completed this year and the outlook is good for McCoy to make a good thing of it.


“Acme” is the name of the little gasoline boat built by Norm and “Tude” Williams and sold to J.G. Oles of the West Virginia Carbon Works. She is a handy little boat and it is Oles’ intention to run a daily packet between this place and Creston.


The steamer Edith H. brought down about 700 bushels of coal from the Hays coal bank at Glenville last week.


Beeman Wright of near Yellow Creek was here Monday putting up wire, etc., to bring that division of the L.K. phone line into the citizen switchboard.


1960, 50 years ago

Possibility of early action on construction of a huge dam across the West Fork of the Little Kanawha River, just above Creston, will be discussed at a meeting of area leaders and congressmen in Spencer.


The meeting is sponsored by Roane County Chamber of Commerce, and the dam being discussed is one that would be located 1.5 miles above the mouth of the West Fork. The dam’s primary purpose is for flood control of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers. Its estimated cost in 1954 was put at $6,640,000.


The 1954 survey made of the dam called for an impoundment 132 feet high and 800 feet long, which would hold back 8,000 acre feet of water collected from the drainage area above the dam of some 241 square miles, largely in Calhoun and Roane counties.


The project has been approved, but no money has been appropriated for construction.


 1985, 25 years ago

Because of the heavy snow that began falling last Sunday evening, all Calhoun County schools were closed on Monday. The board of education was scheduled to meet at Minnora School that evening, but by late afternoon the power was out, so the meeting was transferred to the board office.


With power coming and going throughout the county, along with secondary roads clogged with either snow or fallen trees, schools were cancelled for a second day on Tuesday, even though the weather was warm and sunny. Schools were scheduled to re-open on Wednesday.

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