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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1914, 100 years ago


Friday afternoon, a party consisting of Dr. Dye, F.S. Hathaway, Jerome Hardman, and county commissioners G. Johnson, G.L. Lynch and G.W. Dye was returning from an inspection of the new Leafbank bridge in Dr. Dye’s Ford touring car.


On the hill just below town at the spring, F.S. Hathaway, who was driving the car, stopped to allow another car to pass and allowed the engine to stop. He got out to crank the engine, and for some cause, the car started with its load down over the steep bank below the road.


When the car reached the lower road, it turned completely over with commissioners Johnson and Lynch and Mr. Hardman still in it, and then turned on over the river bank into the river. For a great wonder, no one was at all hurt, with the exceptions of a few bruises and scratches.


The car was not damaged a great deal, only a wheel and windshield being broken and some rods and connections bent. The members of the party who were in the car at the time of the accident are congratulating themselves on their fortunate escape.


The descendants of Phebe Tucker Cunningham, one of the most noted women of pioneer days, whose capture by the Indians is familiar to every reader of Indian warfare, will dedicate a monument to her memory in the old Collins burying ground, at Freed, this county, where she lies at rest.


Her husband, Thomas Cunningham, sleeps at Frederick’s Mills in Ritchie County on his old homestead, and a movement is on to mark his grave also. Few pioneers have a more interesting history or a longer line of descendants scattered throughout the state.


1964, 50 years ago

Lightning struck a barn on the Homer King place at Pleasant Hill last Friday afternoon about 4:00, and the barn was quickly consumed by the flames.


Grantsville volunteer firemen answered a call to the fire, but the barn was gone by the time they arrived. The barn was said to have contained hay.


The area has had a number of very local thundershowers and storms. Temperatures have been 90 and above for several days, with high humidity. Sometimes temporary relief comes in the form of a local shower, covering only a small area. In such a storm, lightning struck this particular barn.


1989, 25 years ago

Is it possible that we may be close to seeing the end of multiflora rose? James W. Amrine, associate professor of Entomology at WVU, was in Calhoun County last Tuesday, meeting with Charles Brown, ASCS county director, and answered the question.


Amrine has been working in collaboration with the W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture on a naturally occurring viral disease, rose rosette, a fatal disease of multiflora rose, which is transmitted by a microscopic mite.


Amrine’s trip to Calhoun County was due to a call about suspect multiflora rose plants that had been found dying on Gene Carter’s farm at Nicut.


Regretfully, the roses were determined uninfected with the rose rosette virus; however, Amrine stated that he was certain the virus would probably be observed in Calhoun this summer.


The viral carrying mites can be airborne and have been found to be progressing steadily eastward at a rate of about 60 miles per year.

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