Florence Rockwell

The May 3rd passing of Florence "Flossie" Rockwell at the age of 99 also marked the passing of a generation of Barnesville Quakers who were instrumental in the fields of modern scientific agriculture, agriculture education and education of our youth.

A teacher by profession, Rockwell was active in the Farm Bureau, 4-H, Belmont Grange, and many other organizations. She was also a life-long member of the Stillwater Meeting of Friends.

Along with her husband, C. Franklin, they operated Journey’s End Jersey Farm. The linage of their herd traced back to the award-winning purebred herd developed by Lindley P. and Elizabeth Bailey from the stock brought here in 1867 by James Edgerton, the first Jersey cattle west of the Allegheny Mountains.

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Last person born in the 19th century passes

Speaking of long living individuals, the news that Nabi Tajima of Japan died last month at the age of 117 marked the passing of the last living person born in the 19th century.

To achieve that goal, a person had to be born before December 31, 1900 and lived to at least January 1, 2001.

In the late 1990s, the Enterprise profiled several centenarians including Hazel Byers, Marie Landefeld, Ethel Stout and Sister Agnes Jerome McCort.

Of these, only Landefeld achieved the distinction of living in three centuries. She was born February 3, 1895 and died on April 30, 2001.

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Bethesda Memories

The April 25 posting of the store in Bethesda prompted the following comments from Enterprise subscriber Nancy Howell Wisniewski who grew up in Tacoma:

"In the Barnesville Enterprise Album, the picture of Don Grooms grocery in Bethesda had me remembering the times I went with my maternal grandfather, Andrew Kemp, from the ages of two to 14 beginning in 1941. I would stay with my grandparents on their farm every summer for a couple or so weeks. On Saturdays, we would take eggs and butter to exchange for groceries. There was a 5 & 10 store directly across the railroad tracks from the grocery and sometimes I could get some Wintergreen mints. A place behind the 5 & 10 sold ice cream so I was treated to my favorite, Whitehouse Cherry. Thanks so much for those memories!"

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In 1943 while he was serving as Ohio Senator from Belmont County, Enterprise editor Ray Palmer started writing a column he titled "This Week - Here and There". Our modified title is "Here and There".