Early Settlers Recognized in 1909


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.