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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1910, 100 years ago

 

Miss Nellie Stump now has charge of the Kanawha Telephone office here.

 

Col. Mike Duty returned to his home at Pennsboro, after having spent several days here.

 

Albert Heck, a prominent merchant of Rutherford, Ritchie County, died Sunday.

 

Hagan Barr returned Saturday evening from Parkersburg, where he visited his family and attended to business.

 

Mrs. Doud Stump of Phillips Run was a caller at our office on Friday and ordered the Chronicle and Uncle Remus Home magazine for the next year. She said that her husband is recovering from his recent spell of sickness, with which he has suffered much pain.

 

Mayor Charlie Stump, who has been on the sick list for the past week or so, is recovering.

 

1960, 50 years ago

The administration now in office is headed by the oldest man ever to occupy the White House. Popular president Dwight D. Eisenhower is turning the office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. over to the youngest man ever elected president.

 

President-elect Kennedy, 43, is 27 years younger. Younger men have occupied the White House, Teddy Roosevelt for example, but assumed office when the sitting president died.

 

This means that younger blood will be infused into the whole executive machinery of the government. While Kennedy is expected to rely on older men, too, he has said that he wants a hustling, vigorous government, utilizing the services of the talented men in the country now in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

 

At a time when we are up against a grave and serious economic and military challenge, plus an ideological battle throughout the world, with communism, the infusion of young blood will be a good thing for the U.S.

 

Active, flexible, brilliant leadership is needed and deserved by the free world.

 

We hope the Kennedy administration gives the U.S., and the world, just that. We can afford no less in the critical fight for survival.

 

 1985, 25 years ago

Among items discussed at the county commission meeting on Jan. 4 was the problem of a leaking roof at the county library. It has been leaking off and on for the last year or so, but following a snowfall last week it developed serious leaks in close to 30 different spots, with librarian Guin Elliott placing protective plastic and buckets to protect the books and contents.

 

Although the commissioners have been talking about the need for a complete new roof for several months now, the extensive leaks required some kind of immediate action. Since the winter weather makes extensive repairs virtually impossible, the temporary solution discussed was to place heavy-weight plastic over the entire roof and anchor it with old tire casings.

 

Although the solution will be temporary, it should, in theory, protect the building and its contents.

This Week's Editorial:

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