The use of wide tires on wagons have made hauling easier, and improved and
packed, rather than cut ruts in the roads. The farmer who still uses narrow
tires for heavy loads is not only wasting time and horse energy, but is guilty
of cruelty to animals and the destruction of public highways. The relation
between weight of load and width of tires and the maintenance of roads in each
section should be carefully considered and fixed by local regulations.
The town of Spencer
was visited by a devastating fire that broke out about on Monday morning. One of the
principal business blocks was destroyed before the flames could be checked. The
Grand Hotel building, in which was located the post office, and the Smith
building, adjoining, were completely destroyed. The total loss is estimated at
about $45,000. Very few articles were saved. The hotel building was covered by
The fire originated in the Smith building and quickly spread to
those adjoining. An insufficient supply of water handicapped the fire fighters
who endeavored to keep the flames from spreading. In this, they were successful
and the conflagration was confined to one block.
No loss of life was reported from the fire, though many escaped
the burning buildings in their night clothes. The new reservoir being built will
furnish fire protection, it is believed. It covers several acres of ground.
It will be remembered that about three years ago, the block by
the railroad was burned out. The whole city was almost destroyed about 25 years
ago, while 15 years ago it was visited by a very destructive fire.
1964, 50 years
Rubber Fabricators, Inc., has been an important part of the life
of Calhoun County for the past ten years--1964 being
their 10th anniversary year.
The company was featured in the fall issue of “Business
Communications,” publication of C&P Telephone Co. of West Virginia. The article tells of some of
the company’s work.
The Freedom-7 space capsule, which carried Commander Alan B.
Shepard on America’s first manned sub-orbital space flight, now rests in the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Inside the capsule is a special
one-man life raft made by Rubber Fabricators, Inc., of Grantsville.
Rubber Fabricators manufactures all types of rubber life saving
equipment, which it sells to the governments of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Portugal,
Holland, Norway, and
Indonesia, and to private consumers in the U.S. The company was founded in 1954
by Rand C. Flemming, who is now president.
Rubber Fabricators is starting to manufacture the Steinke Hood,
a diving bell-life jacket that will become standard equipment on all U.S.
sub-marines. The hood is inflated in the submarine with regular air. The wearer
breathes the air on the way to the surface and then removes the hood and uses
the rest of the apparatus as a life jacket. By supplying the wearer with air,
the hood allows him to escape from a great depth and to rise to the surface
without developing the “bends.”
For civilian consumers, Rubber Fabricators makes an inflatable
sports boat. Deflated it weighs 55 pounds. Inflated, it is over 10 feet long and
can take a five horsepower motor.
Another new product is a handsome sports vest that inflates to
become a life jacket.
Rubber mattresses, protective clothing, and shelters are a few
of the other products of this energetic West Virginia company.
1989, 25 years
will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday from to
Congressman Bob Wise will be the keynote speaker in ceremonies from to Master of ceremonies is
Joe Cain. Others who will speak include Dr. Juanito Aya-Ay and Grantsville mayor
The public will be able to tour a HealthNet helicopter and
ambulance from to Tours of the hospital begin at and .