Ten Years Ago – 2003
The school board votes to spend $120,000 for “technology improvements” for the district.
At the same meeting, the BOE adopted a “junk food” policy after much discussion concerning the nutritional value of chips and cookies that are sometimes served as part of the daily lunches in the school cafeteria. The new policy prohibits the sale of or availability of foods with minimal nutritional value.
Charles J. Moore, 76, Ohio Bell retiree, trustee and former president of the Belmont County Historical Society, dies.
Also passing this week was Margaret Wharton, 79, of Stumptown. She was a member of the Forsythia Twig and the Somerton Church of Christ.
An “open house” honoring the 80th birthday of Betty Detling Phillips will be held at the Senior Citizens Center Sunday.
The engagement of Billie Jo Holland and Ronald Joseph Bishop, Jr. is announced. A June wedding will take place.
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1988
Medalist Industries officials visit the shuttered garment factory plant on E. South with news that the firm still hopes to reopen even if it is a year or two down the road.
Monroe County’s unemployment – 19.5 percent – is the highest in the entire state.
Dr. Daniel Lukich, superintendent of the Union Local District, submits his resignation.
At the annual E-Squad banquet, the following charter members were honored for 10 years of continuous service – Sandy Reed, Paul Burkhart, Phyllis Rinehart, and Virginia Waggle.
Passages this week include Herman Gallagher, 67, co-owner of East End Garage.
A four generation photo of the twin Loveday children, Matthew Garrett and Alitza Janelle, of N. Chestnut Street, also includes mother Vicki Boughner Loveday, grandmother Nell Bohandy Boughner and great-grandmother Amone Bohandy.
The Somerton VFD will showcase its new emergency squad and pumper/tanker at an “open house” and fish fry at the station this Saturday.
Fifty Years Ago – 1963
The deep freeze continues as the mercury dips to 21 below zero, the 19th consecutive day the low has been in the negative column.
Woodsfield is struck with a $250,000 blaze that destroyed Woodsfield Auto Parts, Dillon’s Barbershop and Martin’s Restaurant.
Barnesville Lumber and Supply is the apparent low bidder for the new U.S. Post Office facility at Bethesda. The building will cost $58,000 to construct.
Moore’s Store relocates to its new quarters, the former location of the J.C. Penney Store. Moore’s has been located in the Kirk Building at the corner of Main and N. Arch.
Jack Anderson, president of the United Dairy, has been elected a director of the national Evaporated Milk Association.
Seventy-five Years Ago – 1938
Thirty proposed street improvements were considered Tuesday night by council in connection with the $35,000 program to be launched in the spring if hoped-for federal aid is forthcoming. Included in the list are streets leading to the school stadium and city park.
J.W. Judkins, retired Main Street merchant, dies in his 90th year after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. In his early years he worked for John Bradfield and later was associated in the shoe business with T.A. Gratigny. When the later moved to Columbus, he became owner outright of the business, closing out about 15 years ago.
George A. Colpitts, 79, former mayor and the city’s oldest lawyer, died Sunday following a series of hemorrhages of the lungs over a one week period.
Auto tags will go on sale March 1. Plates sent to Barnesville this year are the T-U and T-V series.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Galloway will sail Saturday of next week from New York on a six-months cruise that will take them around the world. While they are away their son Baldwin will stay with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Galloway of Park Street.
One Hundred Years Ago – 1913
From the Whetstone
The Warren Township School report notes current enrollment of 342 broken down for the following schools: No. 1 Maple Grove – 21; No. 2 Tacoma – 21; No. 3 Olivet – 33; No. 4 Sugar Grove (two rooms) – 54; No. 5 Breeze Hill – 25; No. 6 Leatherwood – 36; No. 7 Pultney Ridge – 30; No. 8 Blooming Grove – 20; No. 9 Pleasant Valley – 24; No. 10 Chestnut Hill – 17; No. 11 Mount Hope (two rooms) – 61.
The death of Ray Dickson, 37, occurred at his W. Main home Monday after an illness of four weeks. He was at first attacked with the grip, which later developed into typhoid fever. He was a noted contractor and builder.
Mrs. Glenn Porterfield and babies who have been visiting at the hospitable Miller home on W. Church Street for some time, returned to her home in Bellaire on Sunday. Her sister, Miss Katherine Miller, who will make an extended visit, accompanied her.
Died – a five- weeks old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stone at their Mulberry Street home Tuesday afternoon after a short illness.
Printed “oil leases”, the most approved form, are available for purchase at the Whetstone Office.
Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org