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This Week In History, 6-2-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


A barge loaded with timber for a rig on Bell’s Run was stuck on a shoal near the mouth of Steer Creek last week.


Okey Ball of Bull River passed through Mt. Zion with a fine bunch of young cattle to graze.


Ralph McCoy, Gordy Vanhorn and John Barr were fishing recently. Gordy said they did not catch many fish, but had plenty of fun trying.


Carr Shaffer of Mt. Zion was in town Saturday looking after business. He has not yet fully recovered from his severe injury, but is able to do considerable work again.


F.J. McCulty had a practical experience of what a man some-times loses by not taking his county paper. His farm on Sycamore was sold for taxes a year or so ago, legal notice of which was published in the Chronicle with the name of the purchaser and the notice that the owner could redeem same within one year. McCulty did not take the Chronicle and, consequently, knew nothing of the sale. F.S. Wilson was the purchaser, and McCulty gave $400 and all the oil and gas rights to get his farm back. This is only one instance of many we could cite where a man loses money by not taking the Chronicle.



1961, 50 years ago

The Conservation Commission's education division has scheduled a “float fishing” trip down the Little Kanawha River for out-of-state outdoor writers.


The writers will put into the river about five miles above Grantsville at daybreak and float some 10-12 hours to the town. The men will spend the night of June 1 in Glenville, where final arrangements for the trip will be made.


An education spokesman pointed out, “We not only hope to snag some muskies, for which the LK is famous, but we will be using two rubber boats manufactured at Grantsville by Rubber Fabricators, Inc., and provided by president R.C. Flemming. The writers will have a chance to sample our fishing and our West Virginia-built rubber fishing boats.”


Dewey Howes of Glenville will serve as guide for the trip, along with his brother Martin of the state parks division.


About six outdoor editors should be on hand for the trip. They are from the Baltimore Sun, Cincinnati Inquirer Pittsburgh Press, Washington Post, Charleston Gazette, and Cumberland Times. All have indicated a strong interest in the trip.


Also planning to make the trip are Bill Parrish of Spencer and John Cook of Davis, both of whom are familiar with the lure and habits of the LK.


 1986, 25 years ago

Consolidated Natural Gas Co., Pittsburgh, parent company of Consolidated Gas Transmission Corp. and Hope Gas, Inc., Clarksburg, has reported that net income for the first quarter of 1996 was $92 million, or $2.22 a share, seven percent below the $99.2 million, or $2.42 a share, earned in the 1985 first period.


The decrease was largely due to lower wellhead prices for gas and oil. Earnings from exploration and production operations were 30 cents a share, down from 47 cents in 1985, while earnings from transmission and distribution were $1.89 a share compared to $1.90 a year ago.


Operations revenues were $1.2 billion, off from $1.4 billion in the year-earlier period, while total gas sales volumes were 251 billion cubic feet com-pared to 283 billion in 1985.





















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