|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/11/1951.
Old Paper Kept By Johnson Clan
A copy of the Calhoun Chronicle for Tuesday, September 13, 1887, has
been carefully preserved in the William Johnson family and was recently
brought to the Chronicle office by Glen Johnson, one of Mr. Johnson's sons.
It had been kept in the Johnson family for 64 years because of the one
paragraph telling of the wedding of William Johnson and Miss Emma Westfall,
who were married on the Tuesday evening preceding publication at the residence
of the Rev. A. Westfall.
Another wedding also recorded at the same time was that of Albert Ball
and Miss Sadie Scott, taking place at the residence of S.M. Scott.
Mr. and Mrs. Ball were the parents of L.L. Ball of Grantsville.
The preceding week the Mt. Pisgah Baptist association had met with the
Bethlehem church and attendance was estimated at 500. A good portion
of their program seems to have been on the temperance question.
Another interesting story by Editor R.M. Marshall was the account of
the ghost of "Nigh Cut" hill. The ghost according to one Henry Stevens,
who reported he had seen it, was a (illegible) pole with a pillow on it.
Having filled his buggy with rocks he felt fortified for the journey over
the hill. On seeing the ghost the horse became frightened and broke
one of the buggy shafts, but the driver never stopped until he was clear
to the bottom of the hill.
Report of the home market conducted by Wiant and Barr gave some interesting
grocery prices. Bacon was 15 cents per pound, butter, eight to ten
cents, salt two dollars a barrel, coffee, 25 cents per pound, honey 12
cents per pound. White sugar was ten cents a pound.
Some other news in the column "Local Lacoinics" included:
The Bethlehem church sports a new cupola and bell. Campbell and
Hays are timbering largely on the West Fork. Charles Bell passed
through town Saturday with 32 fine cattle. D.C. Sturm is building
an addition to his Arnoldsburg property. James E. Ferrell will teach
the Grantsville school the coming winter. B.F. Jeffreys says that
by shaving off his mustache he has taken the worst cold he ever had in
Hotel cards advertised the A.H. Stump hotel on Main street in a new
building, the Campbell Hotel with Mrs. M. Webb proprietress, the S.M. Scott
hotel and livery, the J.W. Umstead hotel at Brooksville and the A.M. Bennett
Hotel at White Pine.
There were two fraternal organizations in Grantsville at the time, the
Eureka Lodge No. 40. A.F. and A.M., with John M. Hamilton, worthy master
and Hagan Barr, secretary; and the Grantsville Lodge No. 100 I.O.O.F.,
with Peter Morris, noble grand and Lemuel Huffman, secretary.
R.G. Fleming was judge of the circuit court, George W. Silcott, circuit
clerk, and A. Knotts, prosecuting attorney. County commissioners
were H.R. Ferrell, James Barr and Robert Means, and Mr. Silcott was also
county clerk, J.P. Knight was the sheriff, J.E. Ferrell the superintendent
of schools, H.C. Goodnight the assessor and W.M. Bennett the surveyor.