Calhoun and Wood Counties at Odds in 1941

(02/19/2002)

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.


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