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This Week In History, 6-16-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


Mrs. Henry Edmon of Leafbank received a pretty severe injury last week and was confined to her bed for several days. She was picking cherries and, in some manner, lost her hold on the ladder and fell to the ground, injuring her back, but fortunately breaking no bones. She is improving nicely now.


John R. Bartlett, who sold his farm in Gilmer County and went to Texas, returned last week thoroughly disgusted with that great state. He had paid considerable on his land, and, after trying it for some time, gave it up and forfeited what he had paid. He would now buy back his old farm, but cannot. Consequently he will go to Ohio and buy. After all, West Virginia is the best state in the union.


Dode Stump, popular Glenville landlord, was a Grantsville visitor for the first time in 16 years. He said the improvements are remarkable in that length of time. He went from here to Stumptown to visit his son, Clarence.


W.A. Mahaney’s children of Big Springs, Miss Rosa and Master Roscoe, who were taken so seriously ill last week, are improving very nicely. They were in a dangerous condition for a while, and their recovery was doubtful.


1961, 50 years ago

E. Clay West, 39, of Glenville, was fatally injured on Wednesday, June 14, in an accident on Jackson Hill on Rt. 16, near Big Springs.


He died in Calhoun General Hospital an hour after the accident, which occurred about 10 a.m. It was reported that he was traveling north in a 1941 International truck, and, because of failure of the brakes, did not make it around the horseshoe curve at the bottom of the hill.


He was alone in the truck, which was demolished. It appeared that he had had trouble with the truck about halfway down the hill, indications being that it had left the road there, but West managed to get it back on the highway. The big curve at the bottom was too much for the out-of-control truck, which went through a guardrail, and into a hollow. West was pinned beneath the truck for some 15 or 20 minutes until rescued.


 1986, 25 years ago

The school board election of 1986 is now officially over. Two seats were open. Jackie Robinson, with 601 votes, was an easy front-runner. The second slot was in doubt until last Friday. A few days after the May 13 election, a canvass of the votes had incumbents Lyle Kerby and Andrew Molessa tied with 536 votes each. On May 30, following an all-day recount, Molessa was declared the winner with a final total of 538 votes and 536 for Kerby.


Both were present during the recount, maintaining their own tally sheets. The recount was conducted by county commissioners, assisted by the county clerk. Also present were Jackie Robinson and Catharine Virden, each maintaining their own tally sheets. Ron Adkins, representative of the Secretary of State’s office, was present to observe, he said, and to answer any procedural questions that might come up.























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