|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of
the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/5/1931.
(A Series of Recollections by a former Grantsville Boy Who Keeps
in Touch With His Home Town)
When the old brick yard was in operation at the mouth of Leafbank?
Columbus Shaffer, of near Mt. Zion, was one of the owners. He was
later burned to death in a gas explosion at Cabot's carbon factory.
When the river bank below town was lined with staves which were sawed
on the waters of Trace Fork, in the edge of Gilmer? A tram-road was
built from this place to the stave mill and the Richard Brothers of Big
Springs had the contract of moving the staves to his place, where they
were loaded into large Ohio river barges and boated down the river.
The old fair grounds below town? Asa Swyger lives near the center
of the plot now. It has been a number of years since the fair ceased
to function at this place. For a time a county fair was held at Arnoldsburg.
When a few of the more progressive folks of the town would put up ice
in the winter for summer use? It was usually cut from the river just
above the bridge. Teams would haul ice on sleds to the store-houses,
and we remember being one that would help to load the sleds at the river.
The same place where this ice was sawed was often used for skating parties.
The ice was said to have been two feet thick.
The old ferry boat that was operated here for years? This franchise
was owned by Jerome Hardman for a number of years. Anthony Halenbake
was a faithful ferryman for years.
When the gas well was drilled near the mouth of Leafbank? The
well produced a small amount of gas for a time but never amounted to much.
When a team of young mules, the property of J.P. Scott, was drowned
by being dragged from the ferry boat? The team was drawing a load
of casing and this held them to the bottom of the river. About fifty
men were soon on the scene and someone tied a cable to the wagon tongue
and passed it to the bank, whereupon all present grabbed hold and pulled
the team and their load ashore. This was an exciting time, especially
for us "kids."
When Charles Blackshire put into operation the first bakery in town.
The bakery was located on Main alley, on the rear of J.B. Huffman's property.