Ten Years Ago – 2004
Dave Fitzpatrick, president of the park board, reports to council that the cost of building four youth cabins at Memorial Park is going to be slightly more than expected. Students in the high school Vo-Ag program will construct the buildings.
A Guernsey County couple, on the lam for the past year, was captured in Ontario, after they were featured on the television series “America’s Most Wanted.”
Buckeye Steel has donated “steel planting bars” for the 2004 BARK Tree Planting Project.
The Faith Community Christian High School in Belmont will host an Open House April 15. Enrollment packets will be available at that time.

Twenty-five Year Ago – 1989
Featured speaker for this year’s Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Marilyn J. Tomasi, State Travel Director for the Ohio Division of Travel and tourism.
Two local residents John Rockwell and Richard Sidwell recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua where they participated in a volunteer rural reconstruction work crew.
It took 90 years but on Winifred Deaver’s 90th birthday, March 5, the women of the Somerton Church of Christ honored her with her first ever birthday party. The dining room at the Walton Home where she now lives was filled with 75 well-wishers. Of course, cake and ice cream were served, speeches were made, and cards and gifts were given.
Miss Deaver, an only child who graduated from Somerton High in 1918, was popular at Barnesville High School where she taught for 49 ¾ years.
Barnesville native, John O. “Jeep” Smith, son of Alton Smith and the late Eleanor Brown Smith, is named president of Cirrus Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Master Card International.     
Fifty Years Ago – 1964
A large number of BHS and junior high school students will be looking forward to science exhibitions at Steubenville and Muskingum College after participating in the “best ever” Science and Art Fair in the high school gymnasium last weekend
Robert Hankey of the G.C. Murphy Co., Robert Shepherd of Bob’s Chevrolet, George Ralston, City Loan office manager, and Frank Miller, Western Auto Store owner, are the newly elected directors of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce.  
The Kiwanis Club is selling brooms to raise money for youth projects. Members are going door- to-door selling light and heavy brooms and mops.
Mrs. Jasper Starr, chairman for the Heart Fund for Quaker City, notes village residents donated $150 during this year’s drive.
Old letters found in a shoebox by a relative reveals a Civil War romance of John W. Laughlin, late of Barnesville.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Pickens will offer at public auction, farm equipment, livestock, and household goods on Saturday, March 21. Having sold their farm on Flatrock Road, they are moving to Somerton.

 Seventy-five Years Ago – 1939
Judge Harry Albright of the Belmont County Probate Court, well-known for his work with juvenile delinquents, will speak at the evening service at the First Christian Church.
Gasoline prices in Barnesville went down this morning to 16- and 18-cents per gallon.
Barnesville was represented in the entertainment presented at Quaker City Friday evening by the bank of that village. Miss Bonnie Fowler, for the third successive year, gave a tap dance number. Six-year-old Harry Ritz Jr., who sang and danced, assisted her.  Miss Elizabeth Miller played a violin solo, and the winner of third place in the old fiddlers contest was Clyde Beabout, also of Barnesville.
A new eating place was opened in Barnesville Saturday by Mrs. Alma Dickson. She has rented the little room on E. Main formerly occupied by W.D. Baker, and is transforming it with new paint, linoleum, curtain and dishes into the “Dixie Kitchen”. She will serve nothing but home-cooked food and will specialize in breakfasts and quick lunches.
The entire mortgage and bonded indebtedness of the Methodist Church in Bethesda, amounting to $20,000, will be presented to the congregation Sunday March 19th . All the papers connected with the debt will be burned in a ceremony at the fire-box of the furnace.
Mrs. Lorilla LaDue, who built the Hotel Barnesville on E. Church Street in 1924, died at Community Hospital last Thursday following an illness of several weeks.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1914
From the Whetstone
Tuesday morning Dr. E.M. Thornberry of Walton Avenue and Park Street, received a call to go to Bailey Mills to visit a family by the name of Shipman. The doctor proceeded to the place as quickly as possible, but when he reached his destination he was in a comatose condition and up until the time of going to press remains unconscious. It is not likely that he will recover.
The death of Harry Taylor, son of Mr. Noble Taylor, occurred at his home on the National Pike west of Morristown Monday. His death was caused by pneumonia. He was a prominent farmer and leaves a wife and four children.
The average wages paid to working girls under the age of 18 in the state of Ohio is from $3 to $5 per week while the average wages paid those over 18 is from $6 to $8 per week.  
For Sale – Thoroughbred Brown Leghorn eggs, 50 cents a setting or $2.00 per hundred. Mrs. O.J. Johnson, RD 2, phone C-4.

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