The 1956 Calhoun Centennial likely drew the largest crowd ever in the county seat of Grantsville.

A couple thousand Calhouners returned home for the event, having left for jobs in Ohio following the end of World War II, and the end of agricultural subsistence farming. They joined a huge local crowd.

In that post WW II era, people who died "living away" were brought back for a funeral and burial in Calhoun sod. By the late 1960s, few were returned, the transplants adapting to their new homes.

It would be difficult today to believe that Grantsville streets were once crowded.

These snapshots, obtained by the late Billie Joe Yoak, and submitted by Kaye Yoak, reflect a slice of life in the 1950s, which for the American Middle Class was likely the best years of their lives. -Bob Weaver

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