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This Week In History, 3-24-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago

Mrs. Chas Gump is very low at this writing with consumption. It is not thought she can survive many days.


Allen Rush, an energetic young gent of this place, left last week to seek his fortune in the “Western Wilds.”


Alfred Keaton is wearing a smile 6 by 12--it’s a girl.


Miss Ida Reip of Euclid is teaching a very successful school at this place. She is one of Calhoun’s brightest young ladies. We wish her much success in her work.


Samuel Kelly is seen every Sunday morning wending his way across the Walnut hill in the direction of William Brown’s. Sam said, “Ocie is a mighty sweet little girl.”


The daughter of S.L. Stalnaker has been very sick for the past few days, but is much better at this writing.



1961, 50 years ago

Services were recently held aboard the old battleship West Virginia--final services of farewell to the ship--which is being sold for scrap.


This is another of the famed battleships of World War II, now doomed by progress, to go the way all battleships have gone in postwar years. It will be remembered that the West Virginia lay berthed at Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, and bore the brunt of the Japanese attack.


She was sunk, but later raised and then played a prominent role in winning the naval war against Japan.


The time of battleships is at an end. With that end came the end of an era in naval warfare. The carriers became the main stem of operations in WWII. The question today is whether carriers have reached the end of the line in naval history.


The coming weapon is the atomic powered submarine, and whether carriers are obsolete, even the new nuclear-powered ones, cannot be known positively. We guess that carriers are not yet doomed, and they are, in fact, moving airbases, which are less vulnerable than fixed bases, but this could be a miscalculation.


When WWII came, most people thought the battleship was the ultimate weapon on the oceans. The war quickly proved that it was the carrier.



 1986, 25 years ago

Ever since the Spring Forest Fire Season began on Mar. 1, West Virginia has been plagued by an unusually high number of fires. Last week, 462 fires ravaged over 18,732 acres. In Grantsville last Tuesday, three calls came close together in the early afternoon.


The first call came from the Smithville area about noon, with reports of a brush fire. Smithville volunteers had responded to other calls, and none of their equipment was available. Grantsville VFD responded.


About an hour later, with Grantsville’s equipment still out, a second call came in, reporting a brush fire on Rt. 16 near Gumm’s meadow. Two members of GVFD responded to that call to investigate.


A third call came in about a half hour later, with reports of a brush fire in the Mt. Zion area. By then, some equipment was returning from the first call, and the firemen immediately went out again. By the time they arrived, people at the scene had put the fire out. It may had started from a cigarette thrown out of a car window.


Agriculture commissioner Gus Douglas reported that since Mar. 1, 792 fires have damaged 22,340 acres in the state.








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