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This Week In History, 3-31-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago

Little Frank Jeffreys, who has been ill for some days, is able to be out again.


Col. William Funk, formerly of this county, was elected mayor of Gassaway.


Rev. Dell Burns will move into the house now occupied by Cicero Vanhorn above town. Mr. Vanhorn will move to town.


Maud Hathaway of Sycamore, who has been attending her sister, Mrs. Earl Gates, who has been seriously ill for some time, has returned home.


Mrs. Ray Wilson of Chicago arrived at the home of James Wilson to spend some time with her new relatives and friends. Ray is in the U.S. Army and at the recruiting station at Chicago. His marriage will come as a surprise to his many friends here.


The prohibition amendment bill has passed its third reading and a “Jim Crow” bill has been introduced by Sen. French.


1961, 50 years ago

The three major U.S. auto-mobile manufacturers have decided to install seat belt hardware on all cars beginning in 1962. It does not include seat belts. It will be in the form of a reinforced plate on the floors of cars--to which seat belts may be attached, if the owner so desires.


This is a sensible step toward greater safety on the highways, although it in itself is a compromise. The attitude of the auto makers is understandable, since one of the big three, Ford, attempted a few years back to promote seat belts and the public was largely disinterested.


The only way to obtain maximum safety with today’s automobiles is through the use of shoulder straps, but the public is more reluctant to use these straps than safety belts.


It is hoped that the reinforced plates will be suitable for the installation of both seat belts and shoulder straps. Whatever the manufacturer does, the obvious conclusion is that only the riding public can achieve greater safety by the use of devices available, and the public has not been quick to adopt these new devices so far.


 1986, 25 years ago

A possible curfew for juveniles, a discussion about the feasibility of contracting for trash services, and a progress report on the pool are among the items that will be dealt with when the town council meets next Monday.


Mayor Rodney Engle, in announcing the agenda, said that the meeting might be moved to the room above the fire department if there is a large turnout of Grantsville residents.


With a fund drive currently in progress on behalf of the town’s pool, Engle said he hoped to be able report to the council on the progress of donations for repairs, along with such matters as the hours when the pool will be open, prices for admission, and the opening day.


Engle said, “We invite the public to participate and let their views be known to the town council. Council will take under advisement all opinions voiced by the citizens of Grantsville.”









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