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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


That Pennsylvania justice of the peace who horsewhipped a man because he had badly beaten his wife may not have acted strictly within his official powers, but he followed a precedent in the way of punishment that has been used for long ages. The wife beater is about the most contemptible of human creatures.


Conservative estimates place the number of rabbits killed during the present season at more than a million, several thousand more than ever killed during any previous season. With the mountains covered with a blanket of snow several feet deep, the big and little game have suffered much and had a hard fight for food.


Last Saturday, Carr Brannon sold to Fred Whiting a heifer calf for $100. It is the first ever sold for that price in Gilmer County. It was a thoroughbred Hereford, and its mother was purchased by Brannon from A. Hardman & Son of Calhoun. Brannon invites all his friends to view his herd.


Hardman and Gainer, who have started their broom factory in operation, estimate that they have enough corn on hand to make ten thousand brooms. Veteran broom maker J.G. West of Nobe will be head workman.



1961, 50 years ago

The Charleston Gazette-Mail took considerable space on Sun-day in a lead editorial to pro-pose that, in the interest of economy and a more equitable distribution of legislative representation, there should be some consolidation of counties.


It pointed out that it might come to pass that Wirt, Calhoun and Gilmer be made one county, with a single school superintendent and a single group of county officials, thus effecting a savings of tax money. We did not take the editorial seriously, but do feel compelled to make a few comments thereon.


Such an arrangement would not effect much of a saving. One sheriff could not handle the work of three counties, so he’d have to have more deputies; the same would apply for school superintendents, county and circuit clerks, etc. Total payroll would wind up about the same.


If we are trying to find jobs for people, we can’t do it by more centralization of work, combining the duties of three counties under one roof.


Any move such as the Charleston newspaper proposes to be made would have to have a vote of the people, and we are inclined to think that voters in Wirt, Calhoun and Gilmer would go straight down the line against any such consolidation.


If we could save taxpayers money, we might propose that Kanawha County be operated similar to Washington, D.C., wherein it would be managed by a committee of the Legislature, thus saving the expense of county officials, or Kanawha and Cabell combine their offices and really have a nice set-up.


Things will move right on and our guess is that 50 years from now Wirt, Calhoun and Gilmer will each be a separate unity, in so far as government functions are concerned.


Editors of daily papers do get off the beam, like the rest of us, and propose some funny things every now and then.



 1986, 25 years ago

This is a story about four people. Their names were Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.




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