Ten Years Ago 2007

A new gazebo at Memorial Park was dedicated on Mother's Day. The structure, a gift from Ernie LaBelle, was given in memory of his wife, Helen who died in July 2005

Shelby, Ohio native Mike Johnson will appear at a program at Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library on June 5 to discuss his two historical novels "Warrior Priest" and "Fate of the Warriors."

Even though the Fire and EMS levy failed at the polls for a second time, council decides not to cut EMS shifts. The levy failed by 167 votes this time while losing by only 24 votes last November.

Famed family genealogist Lois Phillips, 74, wife of the late Dr. Richard B. Phillips, succumbs at her Tacoma home on May 12.

Also passing recently was Allen L. Smeal, 86, of Pennsylvania. He was manager of the local G.C. Murphy Store here in the early 70s.

BHS's baseball team bags a 4-1 win over West Muskingum to win the D-III Sectional. Earlier in the week, the Shamrocks posted a 3-2 decision over Shenandoah in tournament play.

Barnesville's girls track team was victorious in the Shamrock Relays.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1992

Strong winds or a tornado did considerable damage to a barn on the Chester Kemp farm south of Bethesda.

Angie Rattine is crowned BHS May Day Queen by '91 Queen Heather Back. Members of the court were Belinda Baldwin, Stacy Farson, Nicole Detling and Nikki Bunting.

A total of 368 productive units of blood are collected at the BHS Blood Bash.

This week's business profile features the Salvation Army Thrift Store on E. Main. Rosalie Dailey manages the store.

Joseph Matthews, 85, retired salesman and member of the First Presbyterian Church, dies.

Fifty Years Ago 1967

The Grand Opening of Doan Ford, Inc. at its new Morristown facility will take place Friday and Saturday. Door prizes include an automobile.

Two young fliers, Larry Reed, 17, of Barnesville and Christine Reynolds of Woodsfield accomplished milestones in their flight training program at Barnesville Airport. Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reed of Tacoma, received his license, and Reynolds, an employee of the Olan Matheson Corporation, soloed for the first time.

On Monday, Clyde "Sheets" Wittenbrook, airport manager for the past 17 years, spoke at the Kiwanis Meeting.

Vernon Burkhart, general manager, is offering free giant pumpkin, grounds and squash seeds for area gardeners to increase interest in the Barnesville Fall Fair.

This weekend at the Dairy Queen Brazier, E. Main Hill, malts and shakes are 19 cents each.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1942

A five-county "Salvage for Victory" Meeting will take place here tonight. The meeting will launch an intense campaign for the collection of salvage material.

Major Joe Lovett, attached to the headquarters at Fort Hays, Columbus, will be the principal speaker at the Barnesville Memorial Day program, Saturday morning, May 30.

Over $400 is stolen in a safe robbery at the Home Savings and Loan Company.

A young Somerton man, Vance Gene Rinehart, lost his life in a motorcycle accident near Dover Saturday evening. He was an employee of Timken Roller Bearing Company in Canton.

A "truce" is reached between the owners of the Barnesville Livestock Auction, neighbors and others opposed to the business. Support for the business was strong among downtown merchants.

One Hundred Years Ago 1917

From the Whetstone

The First and Main Street Methodist churches, with a membership of 1,200 and 400 respectfully, the First Presbyterian with a membership of 400 and the First Christian with a membership of 200, passed resolutions last Sunday recommending that no field grain go into the production of alcohol when there is a food shortage due to the war in Europe.

John W. Fowler, Barnesville health officer, announces the local Board of Health passed a resolution declaring May 22 -23 as clean up days, asking residents to collect all trash, rubbish from lawns, back lots and all matter subject to decay.

Saturday night at Moore's Opera House "Boarding School Girls", curtain at 8:30. Tickets are 10- cents and 20-cents.


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