NORMA KNOTTS SHAFFER COMES HOME - History Returns With Her, Who Would Know About "Shadewood Springs"

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/4/1898.

Editor's Note: Associate Editor Norma Knotts Shaffer has returned home from her adventure with health care following suffering a broken hip. She is doing well, even going up and down the steps. Hopefully, she will return soon with her long time venture of recording Calhoun history for the Hur Herald.

The finest water in West Virginia is to be found on the Calhoun county fair grounds, and an endless quantity, and an analysis of its properties show it to be the best and most health-giving water in the country. Dr. T.B. Camden pronounces it to be the best found any where. It has already effected marvelous cures.

Near these springs Mr. Jerome Hardman and Judge Blizzard have laid out a new town, and platted the land off into eligible building lots. A splendid new hotel will be built, baths and fountains arranged, and the whole laid off into a magnificent watering place. Mr. C.H. Shattuck has already contracted for five of these lots. James Capehart as many more, Dr. Camden for several, and other parties will invest at once.

The moment the first cross tie is spiked in the bounds Calhoun county, on the Little Kanawha Railroad extension, all this work will be commenced, and Parkersburg will then have at her doors a health-giving resort, second to none in the world, where the sick can come to be cured and where the well can come to enjoy themselves.

Mr. Hardman and Judge Blizzard gave the editor of The News the privilege of naming the new city and here it is:


They will see the name for the first time in these columns, and we hope it will suit them. But whether it does or not, the above is the name.

NOTE: The Little Kanawha Railroad never came and Shadewood Springs faded before it got off the ground.