Ten Years Ago 2003

A heavy snow blankets the Barnesville community as Belmont County Commissioners declare a State of Emergency.

Passages recorded this week include: Cale Norris, 72, Belmont, retired bricklayer; Evelyn D. Burrell, 88, Quaker City, homemaker; and Krista Akerman, 16, high school student of the Middle Church community near Lewisville.

An 80th birthday card shower is planned for Hazel Mason Fitzgerald of Bethesda. She is a retiree of the Barnesville and St. Clairsville Riesbeck markets

Vince and Monica Long Howell, formerly of Barnesville and now Florida residents, are the proud parents of a son, Brady Vincent born on January 29

Jean Davies recounts the 1939 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Magazine article of 1939 profiling the Famous Welsh Family of Barnesville, Ohio. This local Irish clan sported a long line of railroad workers. The magazine was recently purchased by local native Lou Cheffy of Naples, Florida.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1988

Bob Lallathin, Quaker City Daily Jeffersonian carrier, was named one of the six top newspaper carriers in the state at the annual Ohio Newspaper Association banquet held in Columbus last Friday night. He is photographed on the front page chatting with Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste at the event.

New school board member Lynn Blaney was the lone dissenting vote to pay for a $2,000 legal bill submitted by a Columbus law firm hired to represent the school district in a grievance procedure this past year.

Quaker City Elementarys 8th grade basketball squad members compiled a remarkable 33-0 record for the past two years. This year the team posted a 17-0 record.

The annual Enterprise salute to FFA is included in this weeks edition.

Fifty Years Ago 1963

It has been and remains a long hard winter. Thus far village street crews have spread over 400 tons of ash on streets for travel and snow control.

Three young local girls were injured in an accident at the intersection of Route 40 and 8 Sunday afternoon. Still hospitalized are Jean Taylor, 17, of Route 2, and Linda Messenger, 15, of Route 1. A third teen, Carol Bussa, 16, or Route 1 Piedmont has been released from the hospital.

Miss Marcia Harp wins the lead role in West Side Story in The Ohio State Universitys annual big spring production.

Fresh Dressed Stewing Chickens are 22 cents a pound at Freemans Superette, Bethesda where every purchase is rewarded with S&H Green Stamps.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shry of Stumptown were feted at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party Tuesday Feb. 5 attended by 20 family members and friends.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1938

The current unemployment slump has resulted in a decrease of milk consumption and a corresponding reduction of 30 cents per hundred weight for area farmers.

Joseph N. Kennon, 80, lifelong resident of the community, was killed Friday morning when stuck by a truck at the foot of Barnesville hill.

At Last A Girl reads the front page headline and story that notes A straight run of eight boys in the John Hunkler family was broken yesterday morning when a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hunkler. The John Hunklers have four sons, and the married sons have four sons. The baby born yesterday at the General Hospital is the first girl in this branch of the family.

Mrs. Mary Catherine Corbin, 60, died Sunday morning. She and her husband of 27 years, Clarence, have been engaged in the floral business here.

A settlement was effected yesterday between John Cakmes and George Paleudis, owners of the Schafer Restaurant on West Main, against C.C. Schafer, former owner. Plaintiffs claimed that Schafer broke an agreement by re-entering the restaurant business after selling to them for $12,500. Under the terms of the agreement Schafer must reduce the amount owed on the sale by $2,500 and in turn he will be allowed to continue his new restaurant and beer business next door.

One Hundred Years Ago 1913

From the Whetstone

A bloody fight in which two persons were stabbed occurred near the B & O Station Sunday afternoon. The battle was between Ralph Carpenter and Ernest Cochran, glass workers who were cut in the melee, and Pete Catanzo, the foreman of the B & O work train and Phelice Anania, a B & O workman, the latter two being Italian. Anania was arrested for the crime and appeared before Mayor Chaney who bound him over the court in the sum of $2500 and he was taken to St. Clairsville to the jail.

This affair is unusual in Barnesville especially on the Sabbath day, causing considerable comment, and that the authorities have the right party who did the cutting.

Mrs. Elizabeth Watt has returned from Nutley, NJ where she was called about two months ago on account of the serious condition of her little granddaughter, Miss Jane Bostock. The child is able to be around now with the hope of a full recovery.

Mr. John E. Hunt, prominent Bethesda man, died Sunday morning following a two month illness. He was the owner of much land and properties in the community and was a director of the Commerce Bank of that place.

Messers Peters & Gleaves have purchased the National Shaving Parlor in the basement of the National Bank of Barnesville located on E. Main.


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