|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of
the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/16/1941.
All Praise to Simpson
The Chronicle and many Calhoun people have not been able to see eye
to eye with the State Road Commissioner, Burr H. Simpson. Many of
us thought he had not done right by our Nelle.
But when he smacked the Staunton Pike (Route 47) across from the little
Kanawha river to intersect with a U.S. 50 at Red Hill, he got a vote of
approval from citizens of Calhoun, Ritchie, Gilmer and Lewis counties,
who are compelled to go to Parkersburg every once-in-a-while.
The bawlings of the Parkersburg (illegible) of commerce, the county
court of Wood county, the board of education, etc., to the contrary not
withstanding, Commissioner Simpson and his engineers routed the road where
it ought to be routed.
The state will save several hundred thousand dollars. Folks from
this section of the state who just feel like they cannot get along without
going to Parkersburg every so often will save thirty minutes driving time
by dodging the lousy road through Cedar Grove and around the tile plant.
Bids for the cut-off project are to be opened January 21.
Pressure is being brought to bear on Governor Neely to turn the road
back over the almost impassable route through Cedar Grove and along the
railroad tracks, down the river, around the tile works, through congested
traffic on narrow streets, and finally come into Parkersburg on a street
which no one from the hinterlands can name.
If we have read the signs aright Governor Neely will not be led astray
by the pulling cries of selfish individuals who think every state road
should pass his or her front door.