Ten Years Ago – 2004
Primary election victors include the following Democrats: Mark Thomas and Gordie Longshaw, county commissioner; Charlie Wilson, incumbent state senator; Ted Strickland, U.S. Congress; and Fred Thompson, county sheriff.
Voters in the Barnesville School District said “no” to a proposed 1.5 percent income tax issue at the primary election.
WBNV Radio personality Perry Baranich, who is also a minister serving the Bird’s Run Community Church near Cambridge, will be the featured speaker at Lenten Services at the Lloydsville United Methodist Church.
Union Local’s Koel Davia, is the reigning state wrestling champion for Division III, heavyweight category. Jason Bahmer, Barnesville, came in third in the 160-pound category.
The Boys Shamrock basketball team was eliminated at the hands of Monroe Central in sectional play at Meadowbrook High School.
Barnesville Senior Danielle Holskey placed 6th in the Ohio State swimming meet backstroke competition.

Twenty-five Year Ago – 1989
Barnesville Council took the first step to create a village administrator’s post with solicitor Marlin Harper drawing up an ordinance creating the post.
The annual Spring Style Show and Salad Luncheon, featuring spring outfits from local merchants, is set for the Elks Ballroom Sunday. The event is co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Women’s Club. Guest celebrity models for the show are WTRF-TV personalities Steve Mazure and Brenda Danehart.
Newly-elected and inducted members of the Barnesville Hospital Board of Trustees are Gary Kemp, owner of Kelly-Kemp Funeral Homes; Pretap K. Souri, M.D., active member of the medical staff of Barnesville Hospital, and Billy Jackson, owner of Jackson’s Newsstand in Woodsfield.
The Enterprise has 1,228 new readers this week made up of students from the Barnesville and Union Local elementary schools as part of Ohio Right to Read-Newspaper in Education Week.
Anna Reischman Anderson, 94, matriarch of a family of 13 children, died last Thursday at her home in Tacoma.
Five generations of the Neely-Stout family are pictured including great-great grandmother Ethel Stout and great-grandmother Elizabeth Neely, both of Roosevelt Road.           
Fifty Years Ago – 1964
Harold David Gabel’s entry into the world last Saturday brought him three distinctions: he was Barnesville Hospital’s only Leap Year baby; he is the first child of his parents’ Mr. and Mrs. Dave Gabel of Kennard Avenue; and he is the first grandchild for Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Milligan of E. Main Street.  
The Barnesville School District will stage a Science Fair and Art Show at the high school gymnasium this weekend.
State Senator Edmund Sargus is on tap to speak at the annual banquet of the Belmont County Jersey Cattle Club March 10.
The Barnesville Water Department is going modern with the installation of electronic billing equipment.
The February 22 marriage of Miss Juanita Darlene Landefeld and Mr. Ronald Thornberry is profiled. The couple exchanged vows at the Somerton Church of Christ.

Seventy-five Years Ago – 1939
After formal notice was received by the local school board condemning the 1880 grade school building, the school board is forced to abandon the aged structure for the 1939-40 school year. Students in grades 1-5 will attend class in the Jr. High School building in the am this fall while grades 6-8 will occupy the building in the afternoon.  Voters have failed at several elections to approve a bond issue for a replacement building.
Earl Smith, 52, prominent resident and owner of Smith Hardware, died of a heart attack last Thursday morning.
Morris Krakoff, owner of the Boston Store, is elected president of the Barnesville Better Business Bureau.
Fire destroyed the residence on the John Beam farm north of town near the #5 Schoolhouse Monday night. The loss is estimated at $3,000. The family escaped unharmed and only a few pieces of furniture and some clothing could be saved.
The Enterprise is a welcome letter from home for former residents in 32 states who are current subscribers of the newspaper.
Mortimor Gibbons, clerk in the Kirk’s clothing store, has been transferred to the store in Martins Ferry. Foster Gasper, manager of the Ferry store, has been transferred back to the Barnesville store.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1914
From the Whetstone
The death of Mr. Amos Sears, 54, occurred at his home on W. Main Wednesday of Bright’s Disease. He was a plasterer by trade.
The Pythian Sisters will celebrate the 9th anniversary of the local organization at their temple Thursday evening.
Messers. G.E. Bradfield and Arthur Rogers left Monday for a few weeks sojourn in Florida.
The law regulating the hours an Ohio woman may work has been declared constitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court. This means that no woman may work more than 54 hours a week, and no more than 10 hours in any one day.

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