Ten Years Ago – 2007

Area churches including Barnesville’s First Presbyterian, Somerton Methodist and Belmont Methodist offered ‘Election Day’ meals for area voters yesterday.

BHS harrier Stephanie Moran won the Ohio Division III State Cross Country Championship Saturday.

Fire destroyed a Miltonsburg area barn owned by Linda Swallie and Jim Robinson resulting in a loss valued at $200,000 according to Somerton fire chief Dennis Wilcox.

Maria S. Robinson LeFevre, a Morristown native and graduate of Union Local, is named chief of staff for the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington.

A regular traffic stop on I-70 near Morristown, yielded a half-dozen illegal aliens and a cache of fake Ohio and Tennessee identification cards.

Robert Wesley, 81, of Hendrysburg, owner of Wesley’s Garage, died Oct. 29.

Also passing was Marilyn Elizabeth Burkhart, 79, Oct. 31. She and her husband Gene owned Burkhart Nursery and Floral.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1992

The Shamrocks are on a verge of a ‘Dream Season’ after a thrilling 14-10 win over Martins Ferry.

The $1.1 million downtown redevelopment project is given a go ahead by a vote of village council.

The First Christian Church, marking its 150th anniversary, is featured on this year’s chamber Christmas ornament.

A construction project ditch collapse in Clarington claims the life of 31-year-old Greg Abbott, a resident of S. Gardner Street. Abbott was a native of Jerusalem where burial took place.

Melodie Mayhugh Wrobel, 34, of Wheeling, Barnesville native and former meter maid here, died Sunday.

Fifty Years Ago – 1967

N.T. Major is elected mayor of Barnesville as Vic Peddicord fails in his bid for a seventh term.

By a two-vote margin, Paul Anderson is elected Warren Twp. trustee.

Ohio Bell Telephone will open its offices to the public for a two-day ‘Open House’ next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Shamrocks go for a perfect 10-0 season Friday night at Shadyside.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1942

Racking up margins of 70% in the Barnesville area, Republicans carry five county seats, capture district offices, and elect John W. Bricker, republican candidate, Ohio Governor.

Somerset Township votes dry by a margin of 21 votes. This is the same difference when the matter was voted in post-Prohibition 1933. Temperanceville precinct voted wet better than 3 to 1, while Somerton precinct voted dry 2.5 to 1.

Dr. H.L. Ritz and family will move nest week from Barnesville to Belmont, a suburb of Dayton, where he will practice. The family moved here from Cambridge in 1930.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1917

From the Whetstone

A costly wreck occurred near the tower east of the railroad station around 11 pm Saturday caused by confusion of orders that allowed a fast through freight to sideswipe a train loaded with livestock that was pulling out of the siding. The conductor and engineer on the through train were badly injured. Several head of cattle were killed outright and a great number of sheep were also killed or so badly injured that they were killed later by railroad men. The stock train had taken on three loads of stock from the local yard but this was the forwarded part of the train, while the stock that was lost was loaded at points in Guernsey County.

Albert H. Evans, 72, formerly of Malaga and a resident of this place for several years, died at Ohio Valley Hospital, Wheeling, last Wednesday following injuries received when he was struck by an auto about a week before.

C.D. Hunt, having been called into the service of Uncle Sam, has sold the U.S. Laundry to C.A. Hunkler, who is now in charge.

Mrs. Leah Wilson died at her home 402 E. Main Street Monday following a stroke a week before. She was just months shy of 100, having been born near Wesley Chapel on Feb. 16, 1818, the daughter of James and Leah Reed.


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