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This Week In History, 8-4-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


Blanche DePue of Creston, a very pleasant young lady, visited this place on Sunday. She was a guest of Veda Pugh of the Factory for a few days.


Fred E. Pell returned on Sunday from Roane County, where he has been working on an oil well. The well was a good one, and excitement in that locality is very high.


Bessie Williams, one of Grantsville’s finest musicians, is at Valley, Gilmer County, teaching a class in music.


Jimmie Doyle was a prominent visitor in town a few days the first of the week. He finished a good well in Roane, and will go back this week to start another.


J.M. and Jake Bennett are drilling a water well for R.P. Mollohan at his residence in the upper end of town. They will drill several wells in and about Grantsville this summer.


Twins were born to Mr. and Mrs. Asa Harris last week, but one of them only lived a short time. The remaining one, a sweet little girl, is getting along nicely, as is Mrs. Harris.


Mrs. W.D. Gates has been very sick for the past few days, threatened with pneumonia.


 Squire Thornton Cain of Brooksville was in the county seat Monday morning, looking after affairs of a business nature.


1961, 50 years ago

The Air Force announced a few days ago that it was switching to a new system of training pilots. Cadets will begin their flight instruction, not in propeller aircraft, but in jet trainers.


The new system ends an era in the U.S. Air Force, an era that has spanned the days since prior to World War I until the present. Flight training, in elementary aircraft, then basic aircraft and than advanced types of aircraft, has been standard operating procedure over the last five decades.


It is hard to conceive of student trainees getting into supersonic jets in their first 13 months of flying training, but that is what is going to be done under the new system. This proves conclusively that the jet age has arrived.


The age of the dog fight--as it went in World War I and II--is over forever. The new supersonic fighters fly so fast, there is no round-and-round, up-and-down fighting to be done. It is looking at automatic controls and pressing a missile button, as the enemy approaches, and when the two air adversaries meet, there is time for only one button-pressing.


The air age, as we have known it, involving propeller planes, is being laid to rest.


 1986, 25 years ago

Frederick Dolan Whiting, an inmate in the Calhoun County jail, was found dead at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 4, by personnel in the jail. According to Trooper C.W. McDonald, Whiting was found hung by a bed sheet 15 minutes after he had been checked. Inmates are checked every 15 minutes. McDonald said it was an apparent suicide.


Personnel in the jail, upon finding Whiting, attempted to revive him by using. Whiting was pronounced dead by county coroner Dr. Odilon Olivas.


State Police were called in to investigate the matter, along with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Dept.


The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy was performed. The body was then taken to Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, which is in charge of the arrangements.







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