Ten Years Ago – 2007

The father of Olney Friends School student Sam Hodes is profiled on Cable News Network (CNN). Dr. Rick Hodes is one of 18 finalists out of 17,000 entries for the "CNN Heroes

Tribute". Dr. Hodes, known as "Father Theresa", has spent 20 years in Ethiopia where he helps people at two clinics.

Jean Davies documents the razing of Gibson Chapel located west of town. The church, built in 1855 and closed in 1940, but was maintained for decades until time and vandals took its toll.

James Brannen, 73, of Bethesda dies. He retired after 40 years as director of operations for Consolidated Rail Corporation.

Dick Quinlin is Bethesda Christmas Parade marshal.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1992

The Shamrock football team’s Ohio Title chase ends with a quarter-final loss to Cincinnati Academy, 17-0.

"Remember Barnesville" is the Christmas-based theme of a $125,000 fund-raising drive by the development council to raise funds for the downtown redevelopment project.

School officials report Middle School students are very receptive to a new computer lab made possible by the first ever major grant of $25,000 from the Barnesville Area Education Foundation.

Harold O. Hall, 81, a resident of N. Chestnut Street, dies. He logged 42 years of public service in state and county government and was Belmont County Auditor from 1972-87.

Riding in this year’s Christmas Parade "Honor Float" were Robert "Hoot" and Mary Gibson.

The high school football team, coaches and fans also took part. Irene Cowgill is chair of the event.

Fifty Years Ago – 1967

A public appeal is made for funds to help the parents of Marine Lance Corporal David Huntsman travel to Washington to visit their injured son at Walter Reed Medical Hospital.

Beallsville records its first war casualty with the death of Pfc. Charles G. Schnegg.

Barnesville American Legion plans to send courtesy Christmas cards to area servicemen.

First National Bank plans a 50 percent stock dividend subject to board approval at the annual meeting next month.

Barnesville auto dealer Ray G. Shepherd, 43, dies. Survivors include his wife Maxine and children, Judy Johnson and Rick Shepherd.

Also passing was Blanche McKeever Judkins, Barnesville native and widow of Dr. W.L. Judkins who died in 1913. Following his death, she moved to New York City where she was editorial assistant with the American Travel Association. Survivors include her daughters, Esther and Laura. Burial was made at Northern Cemetery.

Barnesville’s Welcome Wagon hostess, Mrs. Joseph Stanfield, is loaned a new station wagon by Bob’s Chevrolet.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1942

The season’s first blizzard brings a blackout when high winds cut off Barnesville power. Linemen tramped along the line for over four hours before finding the break. The temperature dropped to 17 degrees below zero.

Barnesville’s 56th annual Farmers’ Institute opens Friday night.

Civilian Defense Mobilization is set for Monday at noon part of the statewide commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Forty percent of this week’s draftees are rejected as 30 out of 74 fails to pass the physical exam.

Council votes to discontinue renting the lot at the rear of the Shannon Hotel for use as a municipal parking lot. The action taken will save the town $165 a year.

For Christmas, Kirks will send a free three-months subscription of the Enterprise for every man from this community in the armed services.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1917

From the Whetstone

Two officers from Pittsburgh were here Tuesday in the interest of Uncle Sam’s Navy. They secured two enthusiasts in the persons of Robert G. Woodland of Tacoma as an apprentice seaman and Oscar F. Porter, Barnesville, for the radio division.

Roby Cigar Company is looking for "50 girls to learn the best paying steadiest and easiest trade."

"Xmas Goods" available at the Hilles Drug Co. include ivory sets, manicure sets, smoking sets, traveling outfits, Conklin’s fountain pens, Ingersoll watches, shaving outfits, toilet sets, perfumes and toilet water.

The death of William Friday, highly respected citizen of this place, took place December 1 after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. The deceased was born at Lewisville in 1868.

Honoring the bride-to-be Miss Edna Cole, a luncheon was given by Mrs. Palmer H. Laughlin Wednesday afternoon at her E. Walnut Street home.

Schafer Hotel will be the scene of a pleasant affair Thursday evening when Mrs. Charles Schafer entertains five ladies of her family who recently formed a social club among themselves.


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