Ten Years Ago 2007

ODOT designates Dickinson Cattle Co. as an "official attraction" for travelers on I-70. The Texas Longhorn cattle ranch annually draws over 8,000 guests. A Tourist Oriented Directional Sign will be placed on the Interstate.

A contractor helicopter pilot from Lancaster, hired by South Central Power Company, dropped in at Beallsville this past week when the three-man work crew dined at the historic Beallsville Diner.

Harold Pittman, 87, Belmont retired farmer, dies. He was a World War II veteran who was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Mr. and Mrs. James Denham, owners of the former Denham's Restaurant in Bethesda, mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Also celebrating anniversaries are Tom and Rita Jefferis, 50 years; and Scott and Melinda Blake of Bethesda, silver anniversary on the 26th.

Twenty-five Year Ago 1992

The auction of equipment at the former garment factory on E. South Street nets the Barnesville Development Council $5,000.

The public is invited to take part in the Elks Lodge Flag Day Observance Sunday afternoon at the Gazebo on the lawn of the Belmont County Historical Society.

Irene Cowgill announces there will be a parade Saturday, July 4 for "America 500" marking five centuries since Christopher Columbus discovered America.

Former village solicitor and retired attorney, George W. Cheffy, 71, died Monday. He served on the Barnesville Hospital Board of Trustees for decades. Cheffy was an avid student of the American Civil War.

Also passing this past week were Mary E. Brown, 78, retired secretary of the Middle School, and Wanda M. Hughes, 70, retired beautician.

Three area chapters of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution place a marker at the Southern Cemetery gravesite for Thomas Jones, Sr., a Revolutionary War soldier.

Fifty Years Ago 1967

An "open house" Saturday will introduce the community to "Home Hills" Addition on Pigeon Point Road. Consisting of 14 new building sites, the total electric homes will feature underground electric services. Raymond Warner is the builder-developer of the subdivision.

Dr. and Mrs. John Brown entertained a large group including officers of the Morristown State bank with a picnic supper at their historic restored home Saturday evening.

Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Schmitthenner of Walton Avenue entertained 12 children at a wiener roast Monday honoring the sixth birthday of daughter Heidi. Another wiener roast Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James McCoy honored the young friends of daughter Kathy.

The engagement of Miss Melva Carpenter and Mr. James Gibson is announced.

Seventy-five Years Ago 1942

The Crystal Pool at City Park will open shortly under the auspicious of the Rotary Club.

A Fairview man, Charles Blackwood, 24, died Wednesday in a tractor upset accident while

Miss Lena Jones, 75, was struck and killed by a runaway auto in front of the Junior High School Tuesday evening.

Due to a lack of interest in a kindergarten here, the school board votes not to proceed with the project. Only 27 families expressed interest in the program.

Julius Ehlermann will operate the Shannon Hotel for new owner Fred Graves.

An organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (CIO) has been here for the past three weeks organizing workers at Hansley Mill.

One Hundred Years Ago 1917

From the Whetstone

Arthur Rogers, junior partner of the firm of T & A Rogers, died at Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling on the 11th after an illness of several months.

He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Bradfield Rogers. Interment took place at Southern Cemetery.

The final steps toward establishing a Belmont County Chapter of the American Red Cross were covered at a countywide meeting June 7.

For fancy or select hods of strawberries phone your order to Ellsworth Cowen and they will be carefully filled.

The annual all-day quilting of the Needle Workers Club took place Friday at the Grange Hall.

The local order of the Knights of the Golden Eagle held its annual memorial Sunday as members attended services at First Christian Church.


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