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Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2012 7:47 pm

CLARKSBURG — It was the first full week of May 1937.

On May 6, Clarksburg City Council met and awarded the open seat after the contested election to Joe A. Oliverio, a Democrat from the Fourth Ward. The Council adjourned until 7:30 the same evening to make additional appointees.

A court case was expected from the Republican challenger to Mr. Oliverio. An all-night recount was reported to show that he lost by 53 votes.

Clarksburg’s city council was unable to agree on a city manager appointment. They decided to caucus before they met again in three days.

The State Road Commission called for bids on 27.563 miles of road work, one pedestrian underpass and one guardrail project. The sole Harrison County project was for the guard rail on 5.89 miles of the Clarksburg-Wolf Summit pike. The previous week, four people had been hurt at this location as a car plunged over an embankment.

London was plunged into coronation week festivities. The city was swathed in blue, red, white and the silver of bunting and flags. Public buildings were floodlighted. Holiday crowds filled restaurants and theaters.

On May 8, a little brown horse named War Admiral won the Kentucky Derby, in one of the biggest fields and with the second fastest time in the 63-year history of America’s most colorful horse race. The horse was the son of Man o’ War.

On May 10, Circuit Judge Homer Strosnider denied a writ that would have prohibited Joe A. Oliverio from being seated as city councilman from the Fourth Ward. Council was scheduled to meet and appoint seven or eight major administration officers.

On May 9, fire destroyed two houses and three garages on Park Avenue in Tinplate Addition, just east of the Weirton Steel Co. plant. The blaze left approximately 12 people homeless. A bucket brigade of about 150 men and women kept the fire from spreading.

On May 11, Clarksburg experienced a light frost as temperatures dropped to 33 degrees.

Five new city officials assumed office after being appointed by Clarksburg City Council on May 10. R.M. Thomason was appointed city manger. Byron Randolph was named city attorney, and Robert Ziegler became police judge. William Coughlin became city clerk and Thomas Lang returned as city engineer.

City council was stalemated on the choice of a police chief.

Watts-Sartor-Lear advertised the “handkerchief of the month,” which had been featured in Vogue Magazine. The handkerchief was titled “Springtime,” and cost 50 cents. Also advertised were crepe blouses from $2.95 to $5.95; spring “frocks” were $1.98 to $3.95.

The Ritz Theater was showing “Shall We Dance,” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Robinson Grand was showing “Cafe Metropole,” staring Loretta Young, Tyrone Power and Adolphe Menjou.

On May 6, the German Zeppelin Hindenburg exploded while attempting to make a landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, N.J., after a flight across Atlantic Ocean.

Thirty-five persons were listed as known dead in the crash of the mammoth silver painted Zeppelin. The craft hung 200 feet aloft, preparing to moor at the end of its 21st voyage across the North Atlantic when an explosion jarred the cigar shaped craft, and a streak of flame lashed out.

After the Hindenburg plummeted to earth, an oil-stained garage was hastily turned into a morgue as the badly burned bodies were recovered

It was the first full week of May 1962.

On May 6, the state commissioner of Finance and Administration announced that West Virginia’s income tax receipts were to come in $750,000 to $1 million above estimated.

The Harrison County Board of Education announced on May 6 that the last piece of land needed to construct the Gore Junior High School in the Gore area had been obtained.

There had to be condemnation proceedings to free 8.93 acres tied up in heirships. This parcel had been received a few days previous. On May 5, a deed from the Gore Hotel Corp. acres made a total of 12.75 acres for the new school building.

On May 7, pro-Communist forces captured Nam Tha, a provincial capital only 20 miles from Red China’s border, that the royal Laotian government had vowed to defend to death. The United States denounced the attack as a violation of a year-old ceasefire. Washington was hoping it would not wreck attempts to set up a coalition neutralist regime to take Laos out of the cold war.

It was announced on May 9 that contracts for the relocation of about a half-mile stretch of U.S. 50 around the end of Benedum Airport’s proposed 5,300-foot runway were to be let in late June or early August.

The relocation of the highway from the traffic light at the intersection of State Route 73, southeastward and to the right of the older road, was necessary to allow completion of the multimillion dollar airport renovation project.

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