Ten Years Ago 2007

While village council members generally approve of the idea of developing a miniature golf course at Memorial Park, they want to know who and how the facility will be paid for and maintained.

Denver Kaiser, retired veteran Vo-ag educator and high school wrestling coach, dies at the age of 81.

Also passing is Helen F. Mann of Las Vegas. She and her late husband, Wilfred operated Mann's Feed and Supply at Somerton before moving west in 1965.

Orville and Betty Simpson of Belmont observe their golden wedding anniversary on March 2.

Paul Jefferis will represent BHS in the state wrestling tournament after winning the 215 lb. weight class in District Division III at Heath.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1992

Barnesville fireman and E-Squad member Scott Gallagher and Ferrellgas transport driver Howard Conley are credited with saving the lives of Archie Rogers, Jr. and his son, three-year old Arthur Rogers when their mobile home near the depot burned last Wednesday. At press time father and son are patients at hospitals in Columbus.

Poster signs at Rogers Hardware, 110 E. Main Street, suggest a change of business is about to take place. The business is owned by the Rumer-Loudin family.

Shadyside mayor Anita Wiley is a candidate for county commissioner.

The Hillside Sheep Producers will hold its annual banquet at the Belmont United Methodist Church March 7.

Fifty Years Ago 1967

"The whole industry is trying to copy us, but they can't." This is the comment of M.A. "Matt" Hanse, owner of the Lotus Glass Co. as he points with justifiable pride to the role of leadership his firm has assumed in the encrustation of glassware with precious metals, gold and platinum. The firm ships products all over the world and employs 50 at the Mulberry Street plant.

Barnesville's hope of designation as the county airport and access to a $100,000 grant remains elusive. County Commissioner William Dorsey introduced such a resolution at last Monday's meeting but the measure died for lack of a second.

Mrs. Bob (Jean) Addy is named Deputy Registrar for license plate sales at Quaker City.

After a career spanning 49 years, Barnesville Mayor Victor Peddicord retires from Watt Car and Wheel Company.

First National Bank is now providing complete, automated accounting for its checking customers. Upon the close of business last Friday afternoon, the bank transferred its checking accounts to Data Center Processing.

Canvassers for the March of Dimes collect $518 locally.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1942

The local draft board gets the order to reopen cases of draftees previously deferred for poor eyesight or bad teeth.

The first empty auto salesroom here as a result of war restrictions is Betts Chevrolet in the Kennard Building on N. Chestnut. The company this past week disposed of all steel shelving, counters, parts and much of the contents of the room. They will continue to do repair work and service cars in the rear. There is a rumor that the Kroger store may locate there.

The Barnesville Rationing board gave the M-K Company permission to purchase one Studebaker car after March 2. It was the first such permission given here.

The two-week union evangelistic meeting of evangelist Gipsy Simon Smith got off to a fine start Sunday at the First Methodist Church.

Belmont Electric REA will take over the power distribution system of the Monroe Light and Power Co. which serves consumers along the Somerton Road south of Barnesville including the communities of Somerton, Malaga, Ozark, Jerusalem and Beallsville.

The House of Fashion, owned by Mrs. Dorothy Byers, moves from W. Main to 168 E. Main in the room formerly occupied by Ward Hunt, the tailor.

One Hundred Years Ago 1917

From the Whetstone

James R. Shry, formerly of here, will assist in the opening and explaining the good things about the National Woolen Mills department at Wilkes' Clothing store, Thursday and Friday next week. He has been managing a similar store in Cambridge for some time.

Councilman Ed Cline was transported to Ohio Valley Hospital accompanied by his physician, Dr. J.T. McCartney Tuesday where he underwent an operation for stones in the bladder. He has been ill for some time.

The stewardesses of the AME Church thank the Main Street Methodist Church for use of their building for the Lincoln Supper which cleared $80 for the E. South Street congregation.

Tuesday evening at the Acme Theater, patrons watched the movie The Sins of the Mother accompanied with music by Worthington's Orchestra.

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Bruce Yarnall may be reached at: bruce.yarnall@outlook.com