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This Week In History, 3-3-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago

The young Mr. Bowser, who was smashed up while cleaning out an oil well on Yellow Creek, was in town Monday. He is improving nicely, and will soon be able to go to work again. His injuries were serious, and it is a miracle that his life was saved.


The Edith H. got stuck in the Laurel shoal last week and was delayed several hours in coming down from Third Run.


Silas Patterson is in his new shop on the Pell Corner near the bridge, and is ready to do all kinds of blacksmithing and wagon work.


The smoke and tool house belonging to T.R. Stump was found to be on fire, but before the bucket brigade could get across the river, the flames were extinguished. The loss will reach the sum of $20 perhaps.


The legislative assembly at Charleston is at a standstill as the result of the refusal of the 15 Republican state senators to do what the people sent them there for--appear in the Senate Chamber, and act in their capacity. So far, they have done nothing but play the part of political pawns, moved back and forth across the Ohio River at the caprice of Charley Swisher and W.M.O. Dawson, with adjutant general Elliott acting as their keeper and bodyguard. The day of reckoning is sure to come, and when it does the people are sure to demand full settlement at the hands of the political machinists, who at present are engaged in the nefarious business of manipulating the legislative body of a sovereign state.


1961, 50 years ago

Some time ago, an interesting item was published, explaining how the average person spends his life. To begin with, he spends one-third asleep, and another four years talking with people, but women spend five years in conversation.


A man, it is estimated, uses about five months of his lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces. He spends five years washing and shaving, and up to four years in smoking up to a quarter of a ton of tobacco. Phone calls require one year, and six months are spent playing cards. For some of the fair readers, we would raise this to about six years.


Six years are spent eating and drinking, three being sick, and five going to and from work.


The point in all this tabulating is that, after we spend all these years doing these things, very little is left for working. The time consumed is about 50 years and leaves probably less than 20 for working.


It may be seen that the greatest opportunity for time saving is to be found in the field of smoking, traveling to and from work, and tying one’s shoelaces. Also, a great deal of time can be saved if one washed and shaved less.



 1986, 25 years ago

Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission approved plans for the first phase of the county’s recreation park at Mt. Zion. Blueprints showing locations of activity areas were presented by AE Associates of Charleston.


Already accomplished has been brush clearing along the approach road to the barn by Boy Scout Troop 39, under supervision of Scoutmaster Kitty Wilson and with the help of several volunteers. A field to the left of the main road has been brush-hogged by Jim and Art Bell. Surveyor Rick Kirby, with plans now available, staked out the boundaries of the park last weekend.







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