Twice Told Tales

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Ten Years Ago – 2003

Village Council announces there will be entertainment at the Memorial Park Amphitheater this summer.

Due to inclement weather, the soup, sandwich, and salad dinner planned by the BHS Key Club Tuesday has been moved to Feb. 21.

Triplet goats were born on Feb. 3 at the Jim Kaiser farm north of town.

Hendrysburg native Floyd McBride, 59, retiree of Ormet Corporation, died Tuesday in a Pittsburgh hospital from injuries suffered in automobile accident. Burial was made at Hope Cemetery.

Denver and Dorothy Kaiser are one of 17 Ohio couples selected by the Ohio Agency on Aging to spend Valentine’s Day at the Governor’s Mansion with Ohio’s First Lady Hope Taft. The annual event recognizes couples who have been married more than 50 years and “are active as a couple in community service.”

The Acapulco singing group “One A-Chord” will provide singing valentines for loved ones on the 14th and 15th. The cost is $30 for four songs plus a rose and a box of candy.

Twenty-five Year Ago – 1988

Barnesville High School will host the Division III Sectional Wrestling Tournament this year.

Barnesville Veterinary Services announces the addition of Dr. Donald Tebbe to its staff and the opening of a Woodsfield Clinic.

The Barnesville Post Office, like others across the country, will close one afternoon each week due to federal budget reductions.

The School Board considers transferring land in the Egypt Valley area to Union Local. The students who live on the parcel currently attend ULHS as tuition students.

Passages recorded this week include Fred “Red” Loper, 83, retired taxi cab operator; Albert Bean, 77, retired auto salvage dealer; Robert Fisher, 75, retired employee of the former Smith Lumber Company; and Vaughn Persons, 84, retired bricklayer.

Paul and Lela Sudduth Johnson of Morristown mark their golden wedding anniversary on February 26. They operated a feed store in Sewellsville at one time.

Fifty Years Ago – 1963

The Slope Creek Reservoir project has qualified for a maximum federal grant of $604,000.

The Ohio University Brass Choir will present a concert at the high school gymnasium next Thursday evening.

The new deputy registrar for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is Brown Kinney, local Dodge automobile dealer.

Freshman Diane Froehlich became the sweetheart of the BHS Key Club Saturday night when she was crowned queen of the annual Sweetheart Ball.

Mrs. Minnie Hart of Belmont will mark her 90th birthday on Feb. 17.

Seventy-five Years Ago – 1938

Bethesda voters have approved a $44,000 water works bond issue by a vote of 407-140.

Chester H. Steele, prominent Quaker City banker, died at his home Tuesday of a heart attack he suffered a year ago. He was two week shy of his 49th birthday.

Delmar D. Winland of Bellaire, 37, former Barnesville resident, was killed as he started to board a train at the Willow Grove mine Thursday afternoon. He slipped and was dragged some distance. Death occurred instantly.

Dissatisfied because relief orders were not immediately forthcoming, between 50 and 60 men on relief gathered in front of Schafer’s Restaurant on W. Main Friday night and marched to the home of Warner Kennon, county relief director. Fearing possible trouble, police were on hand.

Through the efforts of the Tri-County Conservation Club, a second shipment of 48 western rabbits was set free in this community last week.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1913

From the Whetstone

Fire at 3:30 this morning destroyed the Barnesville Knitting Company mill in the manufacturing district of Hunt’s Addition (S. Gardner). The company manufactured cotton hosiery and “tubing” and was in prosperous condition. The destruction of the plant will throw about 25 people out of employment.

A fire Monday afternoon in Fairview caused over $100,000 damage. The fire originated in the Shepherd & Gracy general merchandise store, and spread both east and west rapidly. The homes of Capt. Thomas Smith, Fred Johnson, Albert Hasson, William Benson and the Fairview Hotel were all destroyed before the conflagration was halted.

The price of “Albino” flour in J.H. Williams’ adv. in another part of this issue should read 75 cents per sack, that page having been printed before the advance of five cents took effect.

The most important real estate transactions here in some time is the sale Tuesday to F.J. Hutchison, cigar box manufacturer, the E.C. Kinney estate at the corner of N. Chestnut and Walnut Streets. Fronting N. Chestnut is a modern 10 room new pressed brick house built a couple of years ago. On the corner of the same street is a two-story frame dwelling and business room and at the rear fronting on Walnut is another new frame dwelling.

Rev. James L. Reed, Presbyterian pastor here more than 20 years ago, died at his home in W. Alexander, Pa. at the age of 68.

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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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