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This Week In History, 2-17-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago

Local fox hunters caught a red fox with hounds Saturday. The dogs bayed it and the men were close enough to capture it alive, and now have it, along with another one, a gray, in captivity. One of them will be turned loose this week and a big chase is expected.


Andrew Umstead, progressive Hur timber man, merchant, dealer in tobacco, and agent for International Harvester Co., was a business caller in town on Thursday. He is a sure-enough hustler, and, although he has several irons in the fire, has never yet let one burn. Such citizens are a valued boon to any community.


Our venerable friend, J.P. Dobbins of Rush Run, was a pleasant caller at our office. He informed us that Ward Stalnaker, venerable pioneer of the Steer Creek valley, who has been confined to his bed at the Dobbins’s home, with rheumatism for some time, is now able to walk about the premises without assistance.


Col. L.P. Bickel was in town several days last week. He and Wig are interested in a block of oil territory in Ritchie County, near King Knob, on which a good oil well was drilled in last week. He said that the well is a dandy, and he feels sure that this one will open a new field.


1961, 50 years ago

It is time that Americans faced up to the fact that the great men of yesterday said many things which are not in line with the current political tune of today. Students of history know that many writers and speakers, treating the Founding Fathers, omit popular items.


Even those who were this country’s greatest heroes took positions which are today thought to be political suicide, and reactionary. They spoke out for the majority in this country, and for the majority’s way of life, for the philosophy of the frontier American, the colonial American, and the people who made this country great.


Nowadays, it is difficult to speak up for the majority. The current vogue is to kowtow to minorities, since they hold the balance of power in many key states and can be stampeded, like goats, to vote en masse.


Let us have a more truthful interpretation of the early day remarks on all problems, including social problems, even if it is not palatable to some minorities, who too often seek to impose their will on the majority, and who charge that everyone who does not bow to their wishes is prejudiced against them.



 1986, 25 years ago

At a crisis meeting at Jackson’s Mill on Feb. 14, with about 175 Extension Service employees attending from all around the state, the word was out that the Reagan administration's proposed budget cuts would eliminate 52 of the state’s 213 Extension Service jobs.

Present at the meeting were Calhoun’s agents, Sue Jones, 15 years of tenure, and Lee Godbey, with 10 months on the job.

The only way the Extension Service can hope to operate on a sharply curtailed basis is to slice its payroll. Staff reductions announced have called for the elimination of two administrative positions, 12 specialist jobs and 38 county agent jobs, including one in Calhoun.






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