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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1914, 100 years ago

A very sad and deplorable misfortune visited Mr. and Mrs. John Riddle last Friday evening. Their little daughter, Delia, six years old, was burned to death in a conflagration that entirely destroyed their home and house-hold property at Richardson. Mrs. Riddle had rescued four of the children, but her efforts proved in vain to save the fifth.


It is thought that the child was bewildered and crept under the bed, where it could not be found in the hasty search. We are informed that there was no insurance on the property. To the bereaved and unfortunate ones, the Chronicle extends its sincere condolences.


Two accidents in the Roane County oilfield last week snuffed out the lives of three men and injured several others.


While Clark McClain, a tool dresser, was storing nitroglycerine, preparing to shoot a well, he dropped a water pipe on the two eight-quart cans of nitroglycerine. The explosion blew McClain to pieces, wounded Edward Merrill, a driller, who died in a Spencer hospital, and destroyed the engine house where the men were working. Billy Morris, a shooter, was struck on the head by flying debris and severely injured, but will recover. Three men in a buggy were stunned, but not hurt badly.


Oliver Norman was blown to pieces in the Paris (Roane County) field when a high pressure gas line exploded. Norman was driving oxen, and a chain from his wagon caught on the gas line. When he attempted to release it, the oxen started. The line broke and the explosion followed.


Late reports in Norman’s case put it in a peculiar light. The later details are to the effect that before his body was found the tremendous pressure of gas had actually stripped the flesh from the bones and when he was found there was scarcely anything remaining except the bare bones.


Oil people and others state that it was the most disastrous week ever experienced in that field.


1964, 50 years ago

Singers from all over the county united last Sunday at Knotts Memorial U.M. Church for the first rehearsal of the Wood Festival chorus.


It is open to anyone. Ronald Joe Wilt of Pleasant Hill is director. He said he was well pleased with the success and progress of the first rehearsal.


Some of the selections to be presented at the Wood Festival are “O’ Sacred Head Now Wounded,” “Come Close the Curtain of Eyes,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Over the Rainbow,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Madame Jeanette,” and others.


Out of the large chorus, Wilt hopes to develop some smaller groups, such as a polyphonic choir, girl’s chorus, male quartet, and mixed quartet.


The chorus committee is composed of Von Yoak, Clyde Wilson, Hatzell Kemper, Barbara Anderson and Joe Wilt. Librarians are Terry Snider and Kathryn Morford.


The Wood Festival chorus will be featured in a special concert during the Wood Festival.


1989, 25 years ago

The Calhoun Clarion, CCHS student newspaper, earned both staff and individual awards in scholastic journalism competition, Mar. 31-Apr. 1, at Mar-shall University’s annual journalism convention and awards ceremony.


The Clarion received first place in the area of photography. Staff photographers are Aliscia Lopez and Danny Ko.


Approximately 30 schools from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky were represented.


On Apr. 13-14, nine CHS student finalists were invited to WVU School of Journalism for state competition in Morgantown, with 54 schools participating.


Senior Danny Ko placed first in Division II (schools with fewer than 800 students) in the area of critical review. Clarion artist Troy Oxford was first in the category of illustrating and second in cartooning. Division I and II had been combined in the artwork categories.


Other Clarion journalists who were invited to participate in the WVU finals were Jerome Aya-ay, newswriting; Tom Parsons, Jo Anna Richards, Cindy Lynch and Ksenija Radovanovic, critical review writing; Cindy Lynch, editorial writing; Cindy Lynch and Aliscia Lopez, feature writing; and Brian Bailey, sportswriting.


Clarion advisor Sue Ann Nichols and CHS teacher Mike McCartney accompanied the students



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