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This Week In History, 4-28-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


Jess Mason of Ayers has a new saddle stallion, which is highly recommended, and is a blue ribbon winner on several big occasions.


Sylvester Smith was indicted on the charge of horse stealing in Gilmer County circuit court.


B.J. Concannon and Danny Heady arrived in town Thursday at noon, and will begin getting out stone at the Hamilton quarry to be used in the large bridge pier. More of Mr. Tulley’s men will arrive in the near future, and the pier will be completed as soon as possible.


Amos Bunner writes that he has renounced his American citizenship, swore allegiance to Great Britain, settled in Alberta, Canada, taken a homestead, is pleased with the outlook, and believes that it is just what he has been looking for.


There was a great amount of timber run down the Little Kanawha during the past week.


We are sorry to note the illness of editor Boyd Stutler. He is suffering from a severe case of the lagrippe.


The trial of State vs. Henry Sidwell, charged with stealing two logs from Elijah Ash, in Squire Hays’ court, resulted in the acquittal of Sidwell.



1961, 50 years ago

Grantsville will soon have parking meters. Council ordered 120 meters at a special meeting three weeks ago, and delivery was promised in 30 days.


Mayor Foster Poling said that some of the equipment had already arrived, and that installation would begin before long.


Meters will be placed along Main St., from the bridge to Florence St., on all of Court and Market Sts., behind the courthouse, and perhaps a few on the lower part of High St.


The meters register parking at the rate of five cents an hour. There will be two or three meters on Market St. near the post office that cars may park for 12 minutes for one cent, long enough for postal patrons to pick up mail. These meters will be painted red, while all the others will be a metallic color.


Poling said that ordering the meters was done to help alleviate the parking situation in town. He said that many cars were left parked on the streets all day long, leaving no room for shoppers, except in the middle of the street, thus further complicating traffic problems. While the meters will be a source of revenue for the town, the decision to use them was made, according to the mayor, to relieve traffic congestion.


 1986, 25 years ago

Some 500 students, along with the teaching staff, assembled on the lawn in front of Pleasant Hill School last Friday afternoon to dedicate a tree in memory of a beloved fifth grade teacher, Janet Plant Geiger, who died late last year.


The solemn ceremony, coinciding with National Arbor Day, was marked by group singing and testimonials by former students, and a formal dedication of a plaque at the base of the silver maple sapling. Several members of her family were also present.


Two fifth grade students, Carla Williams and Kara Stinespring, recited “Dialog of a Man and a Tree.” The entire assemblage recited in unison a poem, “Hymn for Arbor Day.”


Following the singing of “America the Beautiful,” by the group, principal Larry Stinn delivered a dedication. The program concluded with benediction by Rev. Casey Stinespring.














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