Ten Years Ago – 2003
Ted and Kelly Hanlon are the new owners of Barnesville True Value Hardware.
Barnesville Fire and EMS donate a used ambulance to the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency.
Deaths this past week include agriculture leader G. Virgil Reed, 85, of SR 147 East.
Winners of girls and boys bicycles given away by the Belmont Post Office on Dec. 23rd are Brandi Reitter and Lane Perkins.
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1988
Mel Milburn is the new owner of Campbell-Plumly Funeral Home. He has been with the firm for the past six years.
Arrests by the Barnesville Police Department were up 56 percent this past year.
A reorganization of Medalist Industries clouds the planned opening of the E. South Street garment factory.
Rita Orr of the St. Vincent de Paul Society announces a cheese distribution on January 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dickerson will mark their 50th anniversary with an open house January 31. He was employed by the Damsel Ice Cream Co. for 26 years.
The December wedding in Lima, Ohio of Darin Michael Lukich and Carol Annette Montgomery is profiled. Both are graduates of Union Local.
The Barnesville Moose Lodge donates $2,000 to Memorial Park in memory of Tom Skinner.
Applications for part-time employment in the new bakery at Hall’s IGA will be accepted on January 19.
Fifty Years Ago – 1963
Charles Shepherd, local pharmacist, heads the Barnesville Board of Education in 1963.
Removing the heavy snows from county roads in December cost Belmont County $36,000 according to engineer Richard Bocabella.
Four charter members of the Kiwanis Club received pins for having missed no meetings since the club was established in 1949. They are: Evan D. Lloyd, Raymond Johnson, Kenneth K. Hanlon, and William Davies, Sr.
Harold and Bonnie Milliken of South Broadway have won a year’s worth of free groceries from the M-K Grocery chain. The prize is valued at $1,000.
Fire loses here were heavy in 1963 totaling $127,000 according to Fire Chief Ray Campbell. Leading the list was the July fire at Gibson Feed Mill.
Seventy-five Years Ago – 1938
The Belmont County TB Sanatorium near East Richland had 102 patients in 1937. The institution cost the county $40,183 over patient payments.
Three new directors are elected at the community’s building and loans. William H. Sears and Gilbert Thomas were added to the Home Savings and Loan Co. board while A.C. Peters was elected to the Peoples Building and Loan.
Recent issues of the Pittsburgh newspapers have carried large pictures of a beautiful girl, Mary Cheffy, who has one of the leading roles in a new stage play, “Room “Service” which is to have a run of one week at the Nixon Theatre. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Windsor Cheffy.
“The Eleventh Commandment” is the title of a new book written by George H. Cless, Jr. formerly of this place which will be published by Charles Scribner’s Sons of New York.
This past year which set a new record for the number of carnivals to visit the city will probably mark the end of this sort of thing. Issuing licenses is up to the mayor and George Matthews, current mayor, says if he has his way there will be no more carnivals in town.
The U.S. Civil Service commission announces the examination to fill the vacancy at the Somerton Post Office. The position paid $566 last year.
One Hundred Years Ago – 1913
From the Whetstone
The death of Dr. H.W. Baker occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lee Cunard of Laws Street Thursday last at the advanced age of 84. He came to Barnesville in 1855 being ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church two years later. Serving many churches, he returned to this place in 1885 and took up the practice of dentistry.
Frank Robinson of Bellaire spent several days recently with his friend Clifford Cunard.
The first coffin to be sent by parcel post was mailed from here to Dexter City. It weighed 14 lbs. in two packages and required 68 cents in postage.
The strike of the packers at the Imperial glass factory, Bellaire, which has been on for several months has been satisfactorily settled
George D. Wellons, brother of Dr. G.S. Wellons, died in Needmore, Ind. on the 2nd. He was born in Somerton in 1838 and lived here until 1878.
Mrs. Gamenthaler received word of the serious illness of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Jenny of Chicago. She was taken violently ill with ptomaine poisoning following New Year’s diner with her husband’s parents.
The long winter nights have arrived so why not spend a few of the early hours at the Acme Theater picture show! It only costs a nickel (children under six free) and you can see some of the greatest actors and actresses in the world.
Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org