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This Week In History, 4-10-14


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1914, 100 years ago


The local school purchased an organ from Mrs. Belle Jeffreys. It was placed in the schoolhouse on Monday.


“Budge” Marshall, who has been suffering with neuralgia of the eye for some time, is much improved now.


Merchant Ira Hardman has constructed a small truck road to transport produce to the rear of the store. The same appears attractive to the smaller youth here.

A player piano installed in the Stump Hotel last week is attracting a good deal of attention. It is the first one to come to this town and, as a form of entertainment, goes ahead of them all.

There is nothing that will look better to out-of-town visitors here than clean streets. Do all you can to clean up this town and to make country and city visitors go away and “brag” about its beauty.


R.P. Bell, onetime editor of the Chronicle and now on the staff of the Pt. Pleasant Register, visited his native county and called on old friends. we are glad to learn that “Bob,” in his present work, is prospering greatly and reflecting honor on his old home.

 Miss Edna Wigner, who recently resigned her position in this office, with Mrs. Belle Jeffreys, is conducting a millinery shop in the office just below the barber shop.

1964, 50 years ago

West Virginia in the Civil War,” by Boyd B. Stutler, has just been published by Education Foundation, Inc., of Charleston, in both hardcover and paperback editions.


Stutler is a native of Grantsville and was editor of the American Legion Magazine for a number of years. He is an authority on West Virginia history, especially that of the Civil War period.


Festus Summers, professor of history at West Virginia University, has written a review of the book. Here are some of the highlights of that review:


This very interesting volume is the outgrowth of a series of feature articles that has appeared in both state and national newspapers since 1958. It is based on official records, letters, diaries, regimental histories, newspaper accounts, and inter-views with contemporaries, including old soldiers. Stutler has combined research and literary excellence in a fashion that makes both easy and profitable reading.


West Virginia had a major role in the Civil War, especially in 1861 when so much depended on decisions yet to be made by the border states. First to feel the impact of the war because of its strategic location, West Virginia played a unique part, even in the borderland.


Every county in West Virginia and almost every com-munity, Stutler tells us, has its own story of that unhappy conflict, with the result that “by one count there were 632 actions of one kind or another-- all of sufficient import to get into the record.”


Not all of these clashes were between uniformed forces. Many were guerrilla actions growing out of the constant snipping and bush-whacking by Confederates and Union under-grounds.


Meanwhile, the agonizing struggle went on in the hearts of men--dividing families, disrupting communities, and making the conflict truly a civil war in West Virginia.


1989, 25 years ago

The Calhoun county commission met in regular session last Friday.

Although commission president Richard Kirby stated he felt the 145 services surveys returned was a “poor response,” the three commissioners agreed that the two stated requirements for re-running the emergency services levy had been met: enough volunteers to work the election polls and word from Charleston that the legislature had given permission for the county to delay its budget submission to Charleston until after the proposed date of the levy election on May 20.


Survey results were as follows: 120 for running the emergency services levy again (including 43 who volunteered their help); 10 for paying a fee; eight for closing the ambulance service down;  and seven for making donations.


Commissioners rejected the only bid ($5,100) for the Farmer’s Market building at Mt. Zion, and agreed to advertise for bids on a 1982 Dodge automobile (formerly used in the sheriff’s department).


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