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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 

1914, 100 years ago

A party of hunters composed of Mark Farnsworth and Perry Cox of Auburn and Army Hardman of Harrisville passed through Glenville a few days ago with a subject of the animal kingdom now unknown in the wild in West Virginia. The party, including the wives of the members, was returning home from an eight-month camping trip on the waters of Bear Fork and Steer Creek. They had a live baby elk--perhaps the last to be captured in this state--which was the chief object of attention among a whole menagerie of living denizens that had been captured.

 

Another very interesting specimen was a Belgian fox. This animal, a native of northern regions, is about twice the size of our native fox.

 

For 17 days, Hardman was lost in the forest. The last two days he spent in prayer, to which he said he owed his deliverance.

 

The hunters had quite an array of small arms: 10 shotguns, 11 rifles, one French machine gun firing 100 shots a minute, and many smaller arms.

 

A Mockin rifle, which had been presented to Farnsworth by ex-President Roosevelt and used by him on his South American trip, attracted a great deal of attention.

 

Annette A. Adams was appointed assistant United States district attorney at San Francisco on Monday. She is the first woman in the U.S. to occupy this position. This is believed to be a recognition of women’s suffrage.

 

1964, 50 years ago

Social Security payments bring over $63,000 a month into Calhoun County. That comes to over a quarter of a million dollars a year to this little county. Quite a nice sum, isn’t it? And we expect that most of this money is spent right here at home, for the essentials of life, like food, clothing and shelter.

 

It is hard to imagine what our elderly, disabled, widows and orphans would do without their monthly Social Security benefits. These payments enable these people to live out their lives in dignity. Through their contributions to the Social Security fund in their working years, they have earned, for themselves and their families, this way of life.

 

It is evident that the Social Security system has proven itself to be able to do its job well, in a method that is equal to all, that plays no favorites.

 

Throughout the years, the Social Security system has been strengthened--more people have been covered--benefits have been increased to cover the rising cost of living. It has continued to function well. The trustees of the fund report it is in actuarial balance. It plays no favorites. Everyone has an equal opportunity under the Social Security system. It is the tried and proven way to handle the problem, of the retired, the orphaned, the disabled.

 

A further benefit to Social Security recipients is the present proposal that a modest increase in monthly benefits be made (as has been done several times in the past), or that those who choose might have a program of medical and hospital benefits. This would be a choice. Medical care is expensive, so no doubt most would choose the medical care plan. This would again follow the tried and proven plan.

 

Now, contrast this tried and proven plan with the present hodgepodge system of the present medical care for the elderly under the Kerr-Mills bills. Did you know that only 26 out of the 50 states have been able to implement this program. What about the elderly in the other 24 states? Actually, six states spend 89% of the Kerr-Mills money for the MAA plan, and even those who get the biggest bite, like Gov. Brown of California and Gov. Rockefeller of New York, are dissatisfied with the results, and call the program a failure, falling far short of its goal.

 

Large amounts of federal funds are now going toward medical care for the elderly, but why play favorites? We are pouring millions into an unequal, unworkable plan.

 

It is the contrast between the unequal plan of the present system, with the proposal for medical care under the true and proven Social Security system, that is proposed. Of course, it must be paid for. We are paying for the present inequities now.

 

1989, 25 years ago

Calhoun General Hospital has purchased a heart monitoring system from Hewlett-Packard. It is the number one cardiac monitoring system in the U.S., according to hospital officials.

 

What makes the Hewlett-Packard System so superior is its greater transmitted signal strength. Other monitoring systems use VHF (very high frequency), which may pick up noise and static from TV stations, X-ray machines, computer terminals, and fluorescent lights.

 

The HP system uses UHF (ultra high frequency), and does not pick up noise or static. The signal strength is so great that the patient can be monitored in any room or hall of the hospital. The hospital has had to apply for an FCC license to operate the unit, because of signal strength.

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