Ten Years Ago 2002

The word amazing was heard many times last week as efforts of an estimated 1,000 volunteers and contributors and years of planning culminated in the construction of a fantastic playground at Memorial Park.

The Barbara Barbe Doll Museum will open for the season on May 4. Regular hours will be afternoons Wednesday through Sunday.

The Junior Womens Club will host a chicken barbecue at the Church of the Assumption this Sunday.

Bruce Yarnall recounts the history of the glass industry and specifically that of the Lotus Glass Co. as the Mulberry Street factory, vacant and idle since 1996, was demolished this past week.

Jean Davies wishes a happy 90th birthday to Phoebe, Miss Mabel Edgerton, who wrote the Birds in your Air column in the Enterprise for over three decades.

Letha Hyett, Batesville native and current resident of the Walton Home, reaches the century mark.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1987

An attractive, new electric scoreboard that can be swiveled for use between at least two and possibly three ball diamonds is now in use at Memorial Park. Barnesville Post, FVD paid for the construction of the board which was engineered by caretaker Everett Hickenbottom.

Major (Dr.) Phillip Primmer, recently spent two weeks in Honduras as part of the 907th Tactical Airlift Group of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

The downtown Christmas decoration fund is now at $925 according to chamber head Tom Brill.

With a 15-4 record Brad Wilsons BHS baseballers take an eight-game win streak into sectional tourney play.

Fifty Years Ago 1962

A weary, but happy group of BHS band members returned from Lima late Saturday night with a III or good rating for the schools first venture into the state finals of band competition.

A disastrous business district fire was averted early Saturday morning when night police officer Roy Cozad, in making his rounds, discovered the A & P Store at Chestnut and Main filled with smoke. The fire department determined the fire was in a compressor of a cooler.

David Grimes who has operated Grimes Auto Repair on S. Chestnut for the past several years has closed the business and taken a position with Kennedy Farm Equipment.

Pennies in parking meters may be a thing of the past. Barnesville is seeking bids on 240 parking meters for the downtown district that will only accept nickels, dimes, and quarters.

New officers of the Somerton Cemetery Association are comprised of Vernon Bewley, Paul Warrick, Richard Steele, Jack Plumly and Fred Lucas.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1937

A report to Congress seeks presidential intervention to secure an allotment of funds to construct a new Grammar School for Barnesville. The current building dating to 1880 is described as a death trap.

Johnny Russell of this city, popular radio and night club singer, has signed a contract with Columbia Artists, Inc. of New York. He is currently a soloist on the Bill Wright Vice President program under WABC-Columbia network on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Plans to sell 28,000 stogies to satisfy claims of two carpenters against the Roby Cigar company has been halted by a temporary restraining order.

An unusual case brought before Justice W.L. Fowler this week is the result of a cow falling out of a truck. Dan Carpenter of this place hired D.R. Wilson to haul some cattle for him. While the truck was going east on the National Road, the end gate came unfastened and four cows fell out. When the driver missed the cows, he drove back and found all but one. Later, he discovered in a nearby outbuilding, cow No. 4 neatly butchered and hanging. The farmer who butchered it said it was injured and he thought it his cow that had been hit by an auto. The farmer agreed to turn over the cow to the owner but demanded pay for butchering it. A settlement could not be reached. The decision is now in the hands of Justice Fowler.

One Hundred Years Ago 1912

From the Whetstone

Mr. Howard C. Broomhall and Miss Mary Starr, both of Spencers Station, were married on May 1 by Richard Davey, Justice of the Peace.

Mr. Charles J. Hoffman of Bellaire, who recently purchased the Bethesda News, took charge of the newspaper the first of this week.

Having purchased property in Columbus, W.F. Richmond, local Real Estate agent, will offer at public auction over 11 residential properties and the agency Saturday. Mr. Thomas Wilson, celebrated auctioneer of Columbus will conduct the sale. The sale commences at 10 a.m. following a free band concert at the Dollar Savings Bank (102 W. Main). Potential purchasers are asked to follow the band to properties on Wiley Avenue, North Street, Watt Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Cole Street, Harrison Street, S. Chestnut, Pike Street, S. Lincoln, Mill Street, South Street and concluding at 3:30 at Warren Avenue.

A Barnesville man posted the following Public Notice which was printed on page one Notice is hereby given to all persons not to purchase from Myrtle, the undersigneds wife, or in any way take or receive from her, any of the household goods, good and chattels that are at my residence and the premises about the same during my absence therefrom.

The Ohio State Board of Agriculture will pay the entire expense of a six days trip to the Ohio State Fair this year for two boys from each county. Only those boys who enter the county corn growing contest for a free trip to Washington, D.C. will be eligible for the trip to the state fair. Boys should immediately write to Geo. Lentz St. Clairsville for particulars.


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