Ten Years Ago – 2004
The Park Board is seeking volunteer Advisory Committee members.
Winners of the Junior Women’s Club essay contest “Reach for a Rainbow” are BHS students Courtney Wallace, Starsha Thomas, Sarah Phillips, Samantha Ackerman, Amanda Wahl, Allena and Allena Winchester. All are students of Miss Woods’ class.
Speaker at the Gospel Meeting at the Somerton Church of Christ is Lance Lindenberger of Canton. His wife is the former Kathy Stephen of Boston.
Jean Davies chronicles the 100th birthday celebration of Leone Mantz. She was born March 24, 1904 in the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio. A Registered Nurse, she and her late husband Howard owned and operated Mantz Bakery. She served as a Red Cross volunteer at Barnesville Hospital until two years ago the same year she was named one of Ohio’s Outstanding Senior Volunteers.    
 
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1989
Two of the six Barnesville Odyssey of the Mind teams won first place honors at Bellaire Saturday and will advance to state competition at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware in April.
Deaths this past week include Richard C. Horton, 85, retired vice president of First National Bank, Bethesda Branch; Tony Blake, 100, of Bethesda, a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, former constable and marshal in that village and a cigar roller for several years; and Chester S. Hinds, 69, Barnesville, retired Air Force veteran and P.O.W.
The oldest model in the recent Chamber of Commerce Spring Style Show was Leone Mantz, 85, retired nurse and co-owner of the former Mantz Bakery.
 The Belmont-Bethesda-Morristown Rotary Club marks its 40th Anniversary at Woody’s Restaurant in Speidel. Cutting the ceremonial cake was Harry Thompson, the only charter member of six living, who remains active in the club.
 
 Fifty Years Ago – 1964
Delegates to Buckeye Girls State this summer are Martha Malone and Connie Dyer. Alternates are Ann Schumacher and Paula Damsel. The American Legion Auxiliary and the Business and Professional Women’s Club sponsor the program locally.
An elderly Bethesda man, Samuel Simeral , 72, dies of buns in a grass fire at his home near Ebenezer Cemetery. He lived with his sister Mrs. Rush  Craig.
The Knights of Columbus Council is a family affair for one area family. When Donald Butler was conferred with membership recently, he joins his father, Joe, brothers Leon, Bill, Gerald, and Bob along with brothers-in law Ernest Howell, Jr. and Bob Orr in the order.   
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources seeks a “fishing easement” for Slope Creek Reservoir. While control of the lake would remain in the hands of the village, licensed fisherman could fish at the reservoir.
Mrs. Reta Buchanan, 80, of 301 E. Main, long ill, died March 13.  Husband William E. Buchanan, editor of the Barnesville Whetstone, died in 1921. Survivors include son Robert and wife Lucille operate the newspaper at this time.
    
Seventy-five Years Ago – 1939
In an out-of-court settlement, the village will pay $8,482 to the receivers of Gallagher-Burke contractors who filed for bankruptcy during construction on the local reservoir.
Spring bounced into Barnesville Tuesday in her summer dress and today spring bounces into Barnesville stores. On every counter and in the different departments you see are spring merchandise and produce occupying the place of old man winter.
The George Loy farm, located between Fairview and Quaker City, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pulley who lost all their belongings occupied the house.
Andy Varipapa, world famous bowler, will appear in Barnesville Monday at the new 20th Century Bowling Alley located over Bohandy’s Confectionary. Tickets are now on sale for the exhibition he will give that evening.
Easter Fruit-Nut eggs in fancy designs are 5 cents and up at Harp’s Confectionery. Jelly Easter eggs are 10 cents a pound.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1914
From the Whetstone
It is with regret we announce the death of Dr. E.M Thornberry that occurred at his home on Walton Avenue last Friday following a cerebral hemorrhage which he sustained a few days before.  A native of Beallsville, he practiced at Somerton before coming here 10 years ago.
Two monster “Indian” motor cycles now being displayed in the window of Hicks’ Hardware attract considerable attention. Paul Damsel is the local agent for these excellent machines.
Many persons will attend the exceptionally large public sale at the T.J. Buchanan farm about four miles north of her Tuesday next. Auctioneer Peddicord will have charge and will offer a big lot of horses, cattle, sheep, corn, oats, hay, farm implements and household goods.  
Everybody likes an old-fashioned minstrel show and one of the best will appear here next Saturday. The Guy Brothers Greater Minstrels has been continuously on the road and playing to crowded houses for the past 31 years.
Former resident Professor B.M. McDowell of Columbus died in that city March 12. He established a music instruction studio at the corner of N. Chestnut and Walnut streets in 1872. Twelve years later he removed to Cambridge, then to Columbus in 1896. He was a prominent instructor, author of musical books and compositions. He was married to Lizzie Frances of this place who died in 1912. Burial was made in Southern Cemetery.
Samuel Nace, one of Barnesville’s oldest and most prominent citizens, died at his home on E. Walnut Tuesday. He was engaged in the mercantile business her for many years.
Mr. Harley E. Davis, the jeweler, recently employed Mr. Henry Armstrong, an expert jeweler and engraver of Bellaire, who is now engaged in Mr. Davis’ establishment.
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Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at bayarnall@yahoo.com