Ten Years Ago – 2002
Commissioner Mark Thomas attended village council meeting Monday night and gave a short overview of what is going on in other parts of the county.
At the same meeting council approved the appointment of Ricky Carpenter, Sr. and Ricky Carpenter, Jr. to the VFD.
Permits approved by council included one to Tom Murphy, Sr., 746 E. Main, to dismantle the house next door.
Dave and Rosemary Stephen of Somerton will mark their golden wedding anniversary on December 27.
Also marking 50 years are Myron Roy and Theodore M. Johnson of south of Barnesville.
They were married at the Wrightstown Friends Meeting in Pa. on December 28, 1952.
“In the Service” profiles this week feature Adam W. Duvall, Air National Guard Airman, son of Ron and Robin Duvall of Bethesda, and Jeffery D. Sells, Airman Recruit, son of Becky and Bill Vorhees and Jeff Sells, Sr., all of Barnesville.
The Watt Center 2003 calendar “Barnesville’s Neighbors” features photos of Mt. Olivet, Belmont, Bethesda, Morristown, Temperanceville, Somerton, Fairview, Tacoma and Hendrysburg. Additionally, photos of Captina, Egypt and Slabtown that no longer exist are included.
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1987
Interest of Barnesville Girl Scouts may lead to the acquisition of the abandoned Barnesville Depot.
State funding for a teaching based commercial restaurant-cafeteria is being sought by Belmont Technical College.
A former pastor of the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Virgil C. Jump, has died at the age of 84 in Sebring.
The December 1 birth of Allison Renee, daughter of Stephanie and Toby Hannahs, is profiled.
Senator Bob Ney has endorsed Vice President George H.W. Bush’s Republican presidential bid.
Rotarian Silas Warfield was honored at the Dec. 21 meeting as he marked 51 years of perfect attendance.
Fifty Years Ago – 1962
Groundwork was laid in ’62 for “Big Things” in 1963, the headline reports as the Barnesville community prepares for a hospital addition, new reservoir, and a youth center at Memorial Park.
The featured event of the holiday season, the Holiday Ball and the Junior Holiday Ball will be held in the high school gymnasium Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsored by the Mother’s Club, the dances will feature the theme “Winter Wonderland.” Earl Summers Jr. and his combo will play for the adults on Saturday night while Rolly Hall’s orchestra will play for the teenagers on Friday night.
Three area farms will be visited today as part of a silage clinic tour originating at the high school. Farmers hosting the group will be Virgil Reed, the Friends Boarding School and William Warrick.
Seventy-five Years Ago – 1937
A Baileys Mills man, George Toohey, 31, was the second area pedestrian killed on Leatherwood Road within two months when he was struck by a car early Christmas morning.
William Wineman, first deputy marshal, and Cliff Gill, second deputy, were chosen by Mayor-elect George B. Matthews for the night police positions in the city.
The Community Hospital, in business in N. Chestnut for the past 3 ½ years will go dark as the owners close the facility. Dr. W.E. Stephens and wife, owners of the property before the hospital was established, have taken over the property.
Needing $44,000 to finish the new sewer system in Bethesda, petitions are being circulated seeking a special bond levy election to pay for the project.
Monday afternoon fire destroyed the First Christian Church in Beallsville. A two-car garage was also lost and the M-K Store was in danger but was saved.
Christmas trade here was better than expected, business leaders report.
Following it annual custom, the Rotary Club voted to donate $50 from its charity fund to help buy shoes for needy pupils in Barnesville schools.
The Tourist Club marks its 40th year. It is Barnesville’s oldest women’s group.
One Hundred Years Ago – 1912
From the Whetstone
The Star of Bethlehem was shown at the Acme Theatre on Christmas Day. It cost $8,000 to produce and took one month to film featuring over 500 high-class artists. Admission was five cents for children and 10 cents for adults.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Murray of Bellaire are visiting with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Hanlon on Walnut Street.
Mr. Albert Hunt of Buffalo, NY, arrived Saturday night to spend Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Hunt on N. Chestnut.
Mr. Harry Yocum who is a teacher of Zoology in Walsh College, Crawfordsville, Ind., is spending his vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Yocum of E. Main.
Christmas babies include a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Miller, W. South on Dec. 21 and a daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Steel of Dutch Ridge on Dec. 22.
Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at email@example.com