Ten Years Ago 2007

A proposed state constitutional amendment, if passed in May, will shift funding of public school education away from property taxes. The amendment is the culmination of several lawsuits and court cases over the past 15 years.

T.J. Jeffers, local contractor/developer, presented village council with a map detailing a proposed 150-foot street extension and cul-de-sac past the KFC-A&W restaurant on the east side to allow traffic to reach a bank planned for the site.

The annual high school science fair returns this weekend.

Jean Davies profiles the history of Mt. Olivet on the occasion of its 156th birthday.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1992

Warren V & S Variety will open at 102 E. Main in April replacing the quality merchandise offered by the now departed G.C. Murphy store. Co-owners/operators of the business are Edward Parsons and Sandra Saffield.

"Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!" is the campaign slogan for county commissioner candidate Eugene "Doc" Householder.

A fire Monday afternoon damaged the residence of the family of Oho Highway Patrol Commander Gary Weldon at 662 E. Main.

Barnesville Retail Merchants Association members solicit customer's signatures on petitions supporting a state prison locating in Belmont County.

Barnesville Elks hold their annual Law Appreciation Dinner with Belmont County Judges as their guests.

Fifty Years Ago 1967

A one-day Grand Opening will be observed next Friday by the newly opened Dairy Queen Brazier located at the top of E. Main Hill. Owners of the facility, which features char-broiled burgers, are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dosson.

Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Strous that their son, Cpl. Richard Strous was injured in combat in Vietnam recently.

Trophy winners in the various divisions of the annual Barnesville Science Fair include Pam Ball, Barbara Hinkle, Judy Plumly, Bryan Gallagher, Denny Thompson, Bruce Sampson, David Briggs, David Ward and Larry Reed.

The People's Building and Loan Co. joins other financial institutions in the state marking the 100th anniversary of the Ohio Building and Loan Association. Employees Kathleen Doudna and Anita McCabe are featured holding Corning Ware cookware that will be given as premiums.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1942

The heaviest snowfall of the season, 17 inches in many places, paralyzes the Barnesville District.

While virtually all rural schools are closed, high school Principal Shepherd notes that at least 150 students who depend on bus transportation are absent of an enrollment of 470.

Wayne "Skyhook" Griffen, Barnesville sailor who was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, is home for a week's visit before going to Washington, DC where he will take a seven months' course in radio engineering. He was an eyewitness to everything. The boat he was one was damaged only slightly.

Barnesville defeats Shadyside in the season finale, 47-32, the 17th win of the season. The team amassed 1,000 points for the year.

Post season tournament action is threatened, however, as four stars the two Wehr brothers, Gib Johnson, and Roger Huntsman, are shelved due to sore throats and colds. BHS drew Newcomerstown for the first game at Dennison.

Born a son to Dr. and Mrs. Paul A. Reeder of Walnut Street on Feb. 27.

One Hundred Years Ago 1917

From the Whetstone

A marriage of interest to many Barnesville friends took place in the First Congregational Church of Buffalo, NY, Monday when Miss Emma Dent of this place became the bride of Mr. Arthur McNichols of that city and formerly of here. Until she resigned her position to become a bride, she was bookkeeper for the Lotus Glass Company. He holds a responsible position with a big firm in Buffalo.

Among the more important real estate deals closed in the past week was the purchase of the N. Chestnut residence of Dr. D.O. Sheppard by A.E. Kennard whose garage adjoins it. The residence will likely be converted into offices to handle the increased business of the Ford dealership.

New applications for membership in the Boy Scouts have been received from Francis Kennard and Edward Crabtree.

Mrs. Robert (Sara Elizabeth Meyers) Cowen dies. She was born in Somerset Twp. in 1835. Rev. W.C. Becks of the AME Church and James Henderson, a minister of the Society of Friends officiated. Burial was made in Greenmont Cemetery.


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