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25 years ago
September 4, 1996
The Calhoun County 1996 Fair will open on Thursday evening, Sept. 5. A big feature for the opening will be something new to the county.
An ITPA-sanctioned antique tractor pull will begin at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
There is an 1,800 pound limit mini rod division that will split a premium of $600. There will also be a 5,500 pound antique and 5,500 pound classic division which together will split a $500 premium.
50 years ago
September 2, 1971
Schools in Calhoun County opened this week for the 1971-1971 terms with both Calhoun School Unit 40 and Brussels Districts 37 and 41 holding half-day classes on Tuesday.
A hurried compilation of enrollment by Unit 40 Superintendent James A. Ringhausen, after Tuesday’s session, which ended at 10 a.m., showed that 851 students were enrolled in the unit.
This figure could be changed a little up or down as late registrants come in.
Enrollment for Unit 40 was:
Hardin Grade School: Kindergarten, 57; first grade, 20; second grade, 31; third grade, 22; fourth grade, 31; fifth grade, 22; sixth grade, 28; seventh grade, 37; eighth grade, 36; primary EMH, 9; Intermediate, 9; Total, 302.
Kampsville Grade School: Kindergarten, 18; first grade, 18; second grade, 16; third grade, 24; fourth grade, 35; fifth grade, 25; sixth grade, 30; seventh grade, 20; eighth grade, 30; Total, 216.
Batchtown Grade School: First grade, 2; second grade, 10; third grade, 8; fourth grade, 11; fifth grade, 10; sixth grade, 7; Total 48.
Calhoun High School had 285 students enrolled.
Anthony Siemer, Supt. of the Brussels Districts, told the News that there were 208 students enrolled as of Tuesday, but that this figure might change as a more complete count was made.
There were 98 in Brussels High School; 75 in the grades, 1 through 8, and 35 in Kindergarten, which is 10 more than last year.
At Brussels High School, there are 12 members on the faculty this year, with six non-teaching personnel, including bus drivers and substitutes.
In Brussels-Richwood District 41, George Carpenter is principal of the grade school. There are 10 teachers on the faculty there, including a part-time social worker and speech correctionist.
There are 13 on the non-teaching payroll, including bus drivers, custodians and part-time workers.
Billie Hubbell is principal of Calhoun High School, and for the first time there will be a principal for the grade schools in Unit 40. He is Bill Parkinson.
There are 24 on the personnel staff at Calhoun High, including secretarial and cafeteria help.
There are nine bus drivers and a supt. Of maintenance.
There are 42 members of the grade school faculty and connected personnel, including cafeteria workers, custodians, music, voice and speech correctionist and social worker.
Ten of the teachers in Calhoun Unit 40 are new on the staff.
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard M. Baalman held a reception in their home Monday evening for the faculty and other staff members of Calhoun Unit 40.
Dr. Baalman is a member of the board of education of the unit.
75 years ago
August 29, 1946
Present indications point to the greatest corn yield per acre in the history of Illinois this year.
The outlook, which promises an average yield of 57 bushels per acre, would easily overshadow the previous high of 54 bushels established in 1942, the Illinois Cooperative Crop Reporting Services announces.
A few days of warmer weather, however, would be beneficial to the crop, it was added.
A rise in temperatures would tend to force the corn along and thus lessen the risk of frost damage.
This is especially true in the southeastern portion of the state where the crop was planted later than usual this year.
In the northeastern sector, dry weather during the first week of August hampered development of the crop and although there was rain about August 9, further precipitation would be helpful at the present time.
Excessive rains, causing flood damage in this area, has hindered development of the crop to some extent.
The soybean estimate indicates a large yield this year, but not of record-shattering proportions as is the case with corn.
The prediction is 23 bushels per acre as compared to 24 and one-half bushels in 1939, the highest on record.
The service also announced that the apple crop for 1946 is above average, and the peach crop, with the commercial harvest now practically over, is slightly under average.
100 years ago
September 1, 1921
The Farm Bureau is planning this fall to make a thorough orchard survey of the county.
The number of trees in the county under five years old; the number between five and 10 years old; the number between 10 and 15 years old, etc., will be ascertained.
This information can be used to an advantage in advertising Calhoun County, in estimating the apple crop, in estimating the spray material used in the county and numerous other ways.
This information will be collected by school districts and each orchard man will be asked the approximate number of trees he has growing on his farm of the different ages, regardless of variety.
It will help the school district man if you will have this information at hand when he phones you or calls upon you.