Ten Years Ago – 2003
The main headline reads “Crew of Seven Astronauts Lost in Space Shuttle Tragedy” detailing the loss of the Columbia spacecraft on re-entry over Texas Saturday morning.
Somerton VFD unveils its new 2002 Ford emergency squad. The department received a state grant of $45,000 for the $91,000 vehicle.
Students in the advanced mechanical drawing class at BHS are creating a map outlining an “emergency plan” for the school. Every window and door in the facility will be numbered on the map.
W. Floyd Wilcox, 87, longtime S. Chestnut barber, died last Monday. Also passing was Eleanor Landefeld Hughes, 87, of Temperanceville.
John and Carol Thompson, Seneca Lake, formerly of Barnesville, will mark their 50th wedding anniversary on the 10th. He was associated with the former RCA plant in Cambridge. She is currently employed at Barnesville Hospital.
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1988
An “Open House” event on Sunday here will mark the centennial of the formation of the Moose fraternity.
Lodge Hanlon announces he is a Republican candidate for county commissioner.
Monday, February 8 marked the 100th birthday of Mrs. Cornelia Baker Chaney. She is the mother of local attorney Bill Chaney, widow of Attorney J.H. Chaney, and daughter of William and Minnie Powers Baker. Her father was one of the foremost photographers of his time and operated a studio here for more than 50 years. He also served several terms as mayor.
Learn how to quilt. Classes start Feb. 17 at the Calico Country Quilt Shop, 139 W. Main.
John and Evelyn Sampson, 62238 Hillcrest Road, will mark their 40th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall of Washington Street will mark their silver wedding anniversary on February 14.
Anthony Neal, son of Brian and Carla Yarnall, celebrated his first birthday on Feb. 4.
Fifty Years Ago – 1963
There will be no contested village office races in 1963. Among those filing petitions is Mayor Victor Peddicord who seeks re-election.
Barnesville Lumber Company has been accepted as a qualified builder for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) housing in the local area. In a separate entry, this company currently has two new brick homes underway on Pine Lane.
Council votes to limit parking on one side of W. Main from Gardner to just beyond the hospital.
Gary Hall, 24, is the newest member of the Barnesville police force.
Somerton – The Methodist Church services for this past Sunday were in the charge of Mrs. Ralph Geiger as Rev. Geiger is confined to his home by the flu.
Seventy-five Years Ago – 1938
Clyde Burdette, 61, who has operated Burdette’s Department Store at 127 E. Main for the past 28 years, died Sunday from injuries received when he wrecked his car over a year ago to avoid hitting a child. Although he had improved, it is believed he suffered a hemorrhage of the stomach.
A regular drunk offender broke all the windows in the jail landing him in Mayor Matthew’s Court where he was fined $400 and costs.
Work started this week on a concrete tile addition to the Berry Service Station at 112 E. Church for a storage facility for Red Star line buses that run between here to Wheeling, Woodsfield and other points.
The school auditorium was packed to capacity and hundreds turned away Tuesday night when the Barnesville Development Co. held a free cooking demonstration. A feature was the awarding of nearly 50 prizes including a $90 gas range won by Mrs. E.H. Nelson of E. Main.
One Hundred Years Ago – 1913
From the Whetstone
The leading event of last week was the dedication of St. Andrew’s Mission by the Episcopalians of this place. The mission is located at the corner of Broadway and South streets in the building that was once the Second Methodist Church.
The ground hog sure did see his shadow Sunday for the sun was out all day. The old fellow scooted back to his lair and immediately began his contract of furnishing six more weeks of winter weather.
Since Monday the snow has furnished amusement for those who are fortunate in owning a sleigh. This sport was fine, and the jingle of sleigh bells were reminders of gone days.
The death of Lewis Hunt, farmer living in the Wesley Chapel neighborhood occurred Tuesday. The old gentleman, who was 68 years of age, left his home to visit his daughter who lives a short distance and while there suddenly expired of a stroke of apoplexy.
Mrs. C.E. Wilson entertained the Round Dozen Club at her N. Chestnut home Saturday evening. The ladies were invited for a 5 o’clock supper and a surprise awaited them when they entered the dining room as they found their husbands seated at the table. This created a lot of merriment.
There is talk along the riverfront of moving the courthouse from St. Clairsville to Bellaire, the largest city in Belmont County.
Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at email@example.com