Twice Told Tales

Bruce Yarnall Published:

Ten Years Ago – 2003

Village council has re-elected Roger Deal to the position of council president.

The school board has voted to pay $7,000 toward the resurfacing of the large ball field at Memorial Park.

In the next few weeks, members of the Quaker City Village Council will be contacting residents whose properties lie in the path of a water acquisition project with the village of Barnesville. Approximately 17 easements have been obtained with about 50 more needed.

Greg Wehr and Joe Miller were re-elected president and vice president of the school board.

Earl E. “Jiggs” McWilliams, 84, retired Barnesville coal miner, passed on this week while the Beallsville community mourns the loss of Harley Houchin, retired vo-ag teacher at Beallsville and Skyvue high schools. He was also a longtime member of the Wilson village council.

Twenty-five Year Ago – 1988

James Beard, headmaster at Olney Friends School has announced his resignation at the end of the current school year. He left a successful marketing position in Cleveland three years ago to take over the school. He plans to return to the marketing field.

A report on state legislative mandates that impact local school expenses was on the agenda of Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Superintendent Kearny M. Lykins commented, “local control is a myth.”

Directing planning for this year’s 25th annual Ohio Pumpkin Festival are Eugene “Doc” Householder, president; Ollie Jones and Darren Miller, vice presidents, and Pat Skinner, secretary.

Council is again at its full complement of six members following Monday night’s election of Virginia Waggle to fill the seat vacated earlier this month by Kenneth Turner.

Fifty Years Ago – 1963

The hospital building project will cost $426,455. Of that total only $49,300 remains to be raised.

Miss Winifred Deaver, the first and only advisor of the BHS Shamrock, which is published weekly in this newspaper, marks her 25th anniversary in the non-academic activity.

Miss Alice Watt, librarian of the Barnesville Public Library, is the latest recipient of the Kimball Foundation Community Service Award.

Ken Woods, manager of the Barnesville office of the Ohio Fuel Company, is elected president of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds local pharmacist Charles Shepherd.

Officers of the new Barnesville Coin Club are: Eugene “Doc” Householder, president; John Sawvel, vice president; Mrs. George Finch, secretary-treasurer, and Fred Schradel, program chairman.

Night patrolman Roy Cozad is leaving his police department position to take a post in the water department.

The following directors were elected by the Quaker City National Bank stockholders Tuesday: G.W. Hartley, J.H. Steele, H.D. Hartley, Blanche Hall and Mabel Arick. Officers are G.W. Hartley, president; R.H. Griffin, vice president; Mabel Arick , vice president and cashier; Madeline Long and Loretta Betts, assistant cashiers.

Seventy-five Years Ago – 1938

A prospective young mother without a home or friends landed in town Monday night hoping to find here someone who would help her in the hour of need. Township trustees paid for a room in a local hotel where Tuesday morning a baby girl was born. Both will be moved to the country infirmary as soon as they are able to travel.

Ex-police officer Frank Wilson has been appointed street commissioner by Mayor George Matthews.

Village Council approves the ordinance requiring liquor joints to close at 11 pm nightly.

More than 700 persons attended the First Methodist Church school home talent show that was staged at the Jr. High auditorium Monday and Tuesday evenings. More than $80 was cleared on the show and sale of candy.

Route 3 – Billie Mayberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mayberry, won a prize of $5 from the Watkins Co. for writing the best essay sent into the company on the good uses of their liniment.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1913

From the Whetstone

Mrs. Isaac R. Lane died at the home of her son Lt. Col. Rufus H. Lane in Berkley, Cal. Thursday last. She accompanied her husband about three weeks ago for a visit at their son’s in hope the change of climate would benefit her health which had been impaired some time ago by a stroke of paralysis. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Warfield, born here in 1843. She was married in 1868 to Mr. Lane, retired B & O station agent. To this union was born five children.

Funeral services were held Saturday and the body consigned to a receiving vault where it will remain until it is convenient for its removal to Barnesville.

Wanda Lee, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Steel of Dutch Ridge died Saturday evening after a few days illness of pneumonia. She was just 20 days old.

W.E. Emerson, the furniture dealer, has returned from Flushing where he has been confined in a hospital for treatment. He has been sick practically all winter.

A quiet wedding took place at the home of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Hicks on N. Broadway Monday evening, when Miss Lillian M., became the wife of Mr. Harry G. Kile of Beaver Falls, Pa. He is the manager of a large piano store in that city where they will live.

Mr. S.T. Thatcher, well-known jeweler, has taken over the store formerly owned by W.E. Hoffman on W. Main opposite the Post Office.

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Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at bayarnall@yahoo.com

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