|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/18/1909.
"Uncle Ward Stalnaker, of Nicut, one of the pioneer settlers of this
county, was a visitor in the city Friday. He is a very interesting
conversationalist, and can tell the younger generation many interesting
incidents of 50 or 60 years ago. He is about 75 years of age, and one of
the oldest ex-officers of Calhoun county. He with one other, Wm.
Knotts, we think, are the only living ex-officers of the first set elected
after the county was formed. He made the first arrest for felony
ever made in Calhoun county. And he has been a useful man in bringing
this section of the State out of its original forest to its present state
of improvement. Many jobs of masonry, chiseled out by his skillful
hands, will stand as monuments to his usefulness among the early settlers.