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This Week In History, 9-8-11


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1911, 100 years ago


N.J. Whytsell, a well-to-do farmer of Altizer, was a Grantsville visitor on Saturday. He has been a reader of the Chronicle for many years, and advanced his subscription for it till 1912.


Emery Ball, of near the factory below town, was an early Monday morning shopper in town. “Uncle Em” is still one of the best workers in Calhoun County, in spite of his years, which are climbing up.


The venerable John Hayhurst was shaking hands and greeting old friends in town on Saturday.


Assessor Bob Knotts has been at work in Sheridan district for the past 10 days. He is almost through with this year’s work. He is making many friends by his fair and impartial assessments, and the people of the county, regardless of politics, are glad that he holds the office he does.


S.A. McCartney made a flying trip to Glenville on business one day last week.


John Fogle, the industrious Russett farmer, made our office a pleasant and paying call last week.



1961, 50 years ago

President John Kennedy has asked Congress to increase postal rates. The net result to the Post Office Dept., via the Treasury, would be over seven hundred million dollars.


The Post Office has, for many years, been operated at a deficit. Eisenhower Administration requested postal raises that closely parallel those requested by Kennedy. Congress refused to vote them into law.


It is generally predicted, this year, that Congress will be hesitant to vote postal increases suggested by the new president. The proposed increases affect most classes, and increase letters from four cents to five, air mail letters from seven cents to eight, etc. Newspapers and magazines would also pay increases.


Even if Congress does not vote postal increases, the taxpayer is footing the bill anyhow. A deficit of up to a billion dollars is anticipated for the postal department.


The difference between the taxpayers shouldering the burden, through the annual Post Office deficit and the user of the mails footing the bill, via increased rates, is quite real. Ordinarily, we would favor users paying more, but the second part of the question today is whether efficiencies should not be achieved in the Post Office Dept., on a high level.



 1986, 25 years ago

A 24-hour convenience store for the convenience of the community has opened in Arnoldsburg. Speedy Mart, owned and operated by Ronald and Connie Lane, opened last week and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The store will carry light groceries, snacks, beverages, etc., and will also sell gas, diesel and kerosene. They will also handle hunting and fishing licenses, small amounts of ammunition, hunting knives and orange vests. Plans for the future include selling lottery tickets and accepting food coupons.


Lane said, “If we don’t have it, we’ll try to get it for a customer.”














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