Ten Years Ago 2007

Members of the Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee, who have organized volunteers for its annual tree planting event for several years, welcome a new volunteer partner this year -- Oxford Coal Company through the Appalachian Reforestation Initiative.

More than 70 residents attend a meeting to call on the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to drop its plans to impose assessments on adjacent property landowners.

Jean Davies profiles the law firm of Chaney & Chaney, 111 E. Main Street, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the firm by current attorney William E. Chaney's father, John Henry Chaney.

Area deaths reported this week include Francis M. Heskett, 90, former house mother at the Belmont County Children's Home; Hubert M. Phillips, Barnesville, retiree of North American Coal, age 86; Ellen Jane Thomas, 87, long active in Barnesville organizations including the Girl Scouts; and Wilbert West, 83, Bethesda, 47-year employee of Blaney Lumber.

Virgil and Glady Trott Danford, Barnesville, mark their 70th wedding anniversary on April 6 while Danny and Michelle Pfeffer of Quaker City mark 25 years on the 3rd.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1992

Beginning in the 1992-93 school year, students in the Barnesville School District will have the option of attending another school for all or just a couple of selected classes when "open enrollment" comes to Ohio schools.

The home of local merchants Sid and Kellie Loudin on Olivet Road was heavily damaged by fire Monday afternoon. Chief Harold "Shorty" Arnold declares the home a "total loss."

The proposed "Sunrise Acres Ranch," a 77 acre project near Fairview of the Belmont County Department of Developmental Disabilities, is outlined for the Kiwanis Club Monday.

Junior Turner, 62, is profiled as he concludes a 33-year career at Barnesville Auto Supply. Turner, also owner of the Home Pizza Shop, will continue his association with that business.

An auction is planned for April for brain aneurysm survivor Patty Starr.

Nine-year-old Preston Stephen of Beallsville died tragically several weeks ago while innocently playing at his home. The donation of his organs prolongs the lives of five individuals.

Fifty Years Ago 1967

Bids will be opened Friday evening for a proposed $200,000 girls' dormitory at the Friends Boarding School.

Belmont County schools superintendent outlines the need and plans for a Joint Vocational School (JVS).

Plans are announced for a multi-million dollar shopping center in the county east of St. Clairsville on a 100 acre tract south of the highway patrol barracks. The 500,000- to 700,000- square foot facility will provide jobs for between 700 and 1,000.

Forty-one years of doing business at one location comes to an end Saturday when Ralph E. King, The Tailor, packs up his duds and moves into new quarters over Moore's Store, just across and down the street from his old stand.

Local school operations this past year cost $766,267 for the 1,710 pupil district.

Somerton -- the family of Mrs. Olive Detling gathered at her home Thursday evening to celebrate her birthday.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1942

Officers of the Barnesville Cooperative Dairy announce the purchase of $10,000 in new equipment over the past year.

City fathers vow to eliminate the lake on N. Lincoln and Watt avenues where a stopped up storm sewer has created a small lake. Basements in that area have flooded and one alley is under water.

Out of town deaths recorded recently include: Grace Outland Cleugh, 67, of Covina, Ca.; Thomas T. Williams, former resident who died at his home in Wilmar, Ca. last week at the age of 73; and Lloyd Edgerton, 55, of Narberth, Pa.

William Grooms, 82, highly respected Bethesda resident, died recently following an illness of several years.

Thirteen from here left Monday morning for Ft. Hayes, Columbus, to be inducted into the army. They are: John Robert Fulkerson, Charles Phillip Neuhardt, Arthur W. Pack, Nelson Lightfoot, Ray Nicholes, Willis Nicholes, Edward M. Nims and James Lloyd Thornberry of Barnesville; William Richard Porter, Bethesda; Francis Paul Davis, Belmont; Kenneth Wayne King and Paul William Leek of Jerusalem, Rt. 1 and Ralph Haught of Armstrong Mills.

The Somerset Twp. High School girls' basketball team played the Lafferty girls last Saturday, Lafferty winning the game.

One Hundred Years Ago 1917

From the Whetstone

With an open declaration of War by the United States almost certain, it is time for a display of patriotism and the most effective way to show this expression is to make a display of the "stars and stripes" by hanging out your flag.

The public fountain near First National Bank has been idle during the greater part of the winter and its duty to serve "water of life" to man and beast seems to have been neglected. The WCTU erected the fountain nine years ago with funds received from the public. No one now seems willing to step forth and repair the fountain.

Mrs. Kyle Miller will be hostess of the Tourist Club Friday afternoon.

At the late meeting of the Board of Education, Mr. F.A. Bensinger, a graduate of Ohio State, was elected to fill the unexpired term of C. R. Russell, high school teacher who recently resigned.

Easter Flowers and Easter candies now featured at Bushala & Khoury on E. Main.

The first installment of "Patria" the wonderful serial featuring Mrs. Vernon Castle, noted dancer and actress will be the attraction at the Acme Theatre Thursday night.

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