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This Week In History, 5-19-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


T.R. Stump has planted several thousand catalpas seeds on his farm across the river from Grantsville. If the seeds grow, he will start a grove of that kind of timber. It is said to be one of the lightest, toughest, and most serviceable timbers grown, and of very rapid growth. Should his experiment prove successful, we predict that many land owners will soon be trying the same plan.


The secretary of state has issued a charter to the Gilmer and Parkersburg Railroad Co. Incorporators are S.A. Hays, C.M. Bennett, R.L. Ruddell, D.U. O’Brien and R.F. Kidd. The company contemplates building a railroad from Gilmer to Glenville and ultimately to Parkersburg.


Clark Wilson, son of the venerable James Wilson, of Big Springs, returned recently from Richwood, where he met with an accident that necessitated the amputation of one of his legs midway between the knee and thigh. A log struck him, crushing the bone. It is a great handicap in his fight through life.


1961, 50 years ago

Building the new Grantsville bridge is making some changes in the town’s businesses.


Garland Stump, who has operated Garland’s Grocery on Southside for the past 17 years, is having to move his store to a new location. He will move some time within the next two weeks to the Foster Poling building on Main Street.


In connection with this move, he has bought out the grocery department of Gunn’s Dept. Store from P.P. Gunn, and is planning a completely modern grocery store in the new location. Some new fixtures are being added, and the building has already been completely renovated. Exact moving date was not known yet, but the new store should be in operation soon according to present plans.


Gunn, who has been selling groceries since 1918, is to continue his store, selling dry goods and household hardware. The space now occupied by the grocery department will be utilized for an expanded dry goods department, with added room for display of merchandise and easier shopping for customers. One of the things planned for the store is an expanded shoe department. Changes will be made soon after the groceries and fixtures have been removed.


It has been reported that the work on the bridge approaches on the southern end will start very soon.



 1986, 25 years ago

Seventy-three gobblers were taken in Calhoun County during the recent spring kill, according to unofficial statistics released by James R. Hill, District game biologist of the Dept. of Natural Resources. In 1985, the total was 61. For the entire state, the kill was 4,741, a new record.


According to Hill, District VI, a 10-county area that includes Calhoun, reported 853 gobblers killed in 1986, com-pared with 787 in the previous year.















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