Grantsville Ford Proves a Hazard in 1897

(04/29/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/16/1897.

A couple of strangers attempted to cross the river here last Tuesday morning and got into one of those deep holes, as is customary for strangers.  The team swam out with a part of the wagon.  A part of it, including the two men, floated some distance down stream, and a part of it was left in the deep water, which necessitated a fishing job.  The several parts were finally gathered together and the men drove on.  The ford at this town ought to be declared a nuisance, and closed up.  It is only a question of time until someone will get drowned there, and then it will be too late to repair the loss.  It would be better for the county to buy the ferry and make it free than to have some one or more drowned in crossing the river.