Ten Years Ago – 2005
Administrator Roger Deal outlines options available to the village for repairs to the slip on Railroad Street.
BHS homecoming candidates featured at Friday night’s Shamrock-Harrison Central game are: Kayla Ralston, Kassie Ralston, Breanna Gibson, Heather Jefferis, Kayla Clark, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Olivia Lee-Wood, Bryana Cerna, Emily Carpenter, Tiffany Stephen and Amber Benson. The homecoming assembly Thursday afternoon will feature a 70s theme. The bonfire will take place at the stadium at 7 that night.
Donna Jean Carpenter, 77, who worked at the K-V Store and later Barbara’s Dress Shop, died Friday.
Also passing was Bonnie Young Hughes, 82. She was preceded in death by husbands, William R. Young and Asa R. “Jim” Hughes, and two sons, Bill and Stephen Young.
Retired Beallsville and Monroe County school administrator Henry L. Pritchard, 94, died at Barnesville Hospital last Tuesday.
This week’s Enterprise Album features a smiling Susie Steele just after her crowning as the 1965 BHS Homecoming Queen. The FFA hopeful was escorted that night by Larry Hannahs.
     
Twenty-five Year Ago – 1990
The 27th annual Ohio Pumpkin Festival is a record setter. The 473 ½ pound entry by Martin Schumacher, Jr. of Harlan Acres, Belmont, was the largest pumpkin ever entered into competition. Official weigh master, Al Molnar of the Wheeling News-Register logged 108 king pumpkin candidates from 51 growers for a total weight of 17,547 pounds.
The crowds were estimated to be the largest ever by festival president Eugene “Doc” Householder.
The Somerton-Temperanceville area will be the focus of the 19th Annual Belmont County Rubber Neck Tour Oct. 14.
Passing this week was Chester Doudna, 83, retired farmer, former manager of the Walton Home, and member of Chestnut Ridge Meeting of Friends.  
Helen Hittle, 65, co-owner and operator of Big D’s Drive-in near Baileys Mills, died Sept. 25.    
Fifty Years Ago – 1965  
 Local fire departments defied the elements last Thursday night to take part in the Barnesville Firemen’s Parade. The local men took a financial licking as the soaking downpour curtailed parade and carnival activities.  
In a rain-soaked and hastily improvised coronation, Miss Barbara Skinner, BHS sophomore, was crowned queen. Miss Margie Broomhall was runner-up.
 A fire that started in the kitchen of the Elby’s Restaurant west of Morristown caused over $100,000 in damages.
Vying for Union Local Homecoming Queen are: Randy LaRue, Linda Kidd, Carol Hall, Celesta Showalter, Pam Brown and Judy Sells.
The Silver Spray Car Wash on S. Gardner near Main is now open. Charles Shepherd is owner of the new facility at the former location of Gibson Feed Mill. The mill was destroyed by fire in July 1962.
The September 4 wedding of Arlene Frances Hughes and John Paul Wehr at St. Mary’s Catholic in Temperanceville is profiled.      

 Seventy-five Years Ago – 1940
Once again the famous old bell of Barnesville School will call students to their classes. The bell was taken down during the demolition of the 1880 building and was placed in the new structure Tuesday. On Wednesday it started again to send out its brilliant tone throughout the city. During construction, the school used the nearby Christian Church bell to call students.
While the Night Riders of Dillonvale claim the “local eleven” were the toughest squad they encountered this year, the Red and Green was defeated 19-0.
The post office at Speidel will be discontinued October 31, according to word received from Washington. It is thought the patrons will be served by an extension of a rural Barnesville or Bethesda route.
The Barnesville fire truck was called to Woodsfield Monday night when the city suffered it second recent blaze in the business district. The fire started in apartments over Bayes Restaurant, Terminal Confectionary and DeLong shoe repair. Fearing that the blaze would spread, merchandise and furniture from nearby buildings were moved to safety. This same building burnt about five weeks ago and had since been remodeled.   

One Hundred Years Ago – 1915
From the Whetstone  
We understand there are about 20 other towns in Eastern Ohio including Cambridge and Cadiz vying for the location of a new state Normal (teachers’) School. The article notes that at Kent where the most recent school was established three years ago, enrollment this year tops 2,000.  
Dr. Ira Landrith, noted Southern orator from Nashville, will speak here October 17 at the First Methodist Church. He comes under the auspice of the Flying Squadron Foundation in the interest of the Ohio state-wide campaign for the prohibition of the liquor traffic.
Miss Iva Hunt entertained several young ladies with a chafing dish party at her N. Chestnut  home Friday evening.
Rev. Lawrenson, new rector at Cambridge will take charge of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Mission here from now on. Services will take place Sundays at 3:00.
Among the numerous weddings taking place in this community recently, we announce the marriage of Mr. James Welsh and Miss Hilda Carpenter. The groom is one of the well-known and dependable Welsh brothers and is at present holding the post of telegrapher for the B & O at Media Tower near Baileys Mills.
The death of Silas Bailey, 76, took place at his home on E. Main this week. By occupation he was a farmer, though as a Republican he served two terms as county commissioner during the years 1892-98. A member of the Society of Friends, burial was made at Ebenezer Cemetery.
At the auction Saturday at the Mrs. J.W. Huntsman residence west of Baileys Mills, the following will be sold: three-year old driving horse, work mule, wagon, buggy and work harness, saddles, plows, harrows, sleds and other articles. Auctioneer George Heed will call the sale.
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Twice Told Tales is compiled by Bruce Yarnall, former general manager of the Barnesville Enterprise. He can be reached at a new email address:  bruce.yarnall@outlook.com