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ARMENTROUT - March 15, 2007

Hunter Armentrout’s name will be seen several times in this week’s Chronicle.

He presented the program, “Letters of Amie Sexton Silcott,” in November of last year. This really aroused the excitement of those present that night. We were hearing about life, first hand, from the mid 1800s--and to think, it happened in Calhoun County!

When it was presented to the Chronicle, we were all thrilled at the chance to share these letters with readers in a new series that begins today with background information on Hunter, who com-piled the letters with the help of the Legacy Project of Vandalia Foundation.

Amie was an early settler and teacher in Arnoldsburg. The letters tell of her everyday life, weather, health problems, fashions, political events, love for family and friends, thirst for knowledge and much more.

She was the wife of George Silcott, a Civil War participant and first Calhoun county clerk. She was also governess for the Hays children.

This is part of Calhoun County’s history that, to our knowledge, has never been published. Amie was a prolific writer, so the series will appear for an undetermined length of time. Please remember that these letters are Mr. Armentrout’s personal property. He is willing to share the knowledge with us, but it cannot be used in any way without the written permission of Hunter Armentrout and The Calhoun Chronicle.

As you read these letters, there may be questions about them. Mr. Armentrout can be contacted through The Calhoun Chronicle, P.O. Box 400, Grantsville WV 26147, or by emailing

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