Robert Howell

If you read the county’s daily newspaper, you noticed the recent passing of Robert Howell, 85, of Flushing.

Howell and his new wife assumed ownership of the family’s historic farmstead after graduating from The Ohio State University. While he farmed and worked as a heavy equipment operator, he was active in local history pursuits. He was a member of the Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. He worked on the 1988 county history and was an emeritus member of the Belmont County Historical Society, member of the First Families of Belmont County, Sons of the American Revolution, lifetime member of the Welsh National Society and charter member of the Flushing Ruritan Club.

He collected Flushing area historical photos and was an avid photographer.

Robert was a 21-year member of the county board of education, trustee of the Victoria Read Public Library in Flushing, member of the Flushing United Methodist Church and was active in the Republican Party.

What a wonderful, purposeful life Robert Howell lived. Condolences to his family and his many friends in the Flushing community.

Bank Mergers

The recently announced merger of the First National Bank of Powhatan Point with Unified, will effectively remove another long-established local community bank name.

When bank deregulation became derigueur several decades ago, I remember reading that at some time mergers would result in just a few major banks. And while rapid consolidation continues unabated, there remains strong institutions dedicated to serving hometowns and regions. Two of these are the Citizens National Bank and Woodsfield Savings bank who maintain local branches.

It seems just like yesterday, the following institutions were active in our area: First National Bank of Barnesville, Peoples Building and Loan, Citizens National Bank of Flushing, Community National Bank, Quaker City National Bank, Quaker City Savings and Loan, Morristown State Bank and Freeport State Bank.

Ohio Chautauqua

During my most recent trip home volunteering for this newspaper, I ran across a flyer for the Ohio Chautauqua, a weeklong traveling event that visits five communities every summer. Since 1999, the Ohio Humanities Council with local financial and organizational support, has staged the event in local communities. This year the Chautauqua visited Piqua, Gallipolis, Rossford and New Richmond.

Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy.

The humanities council website describes the event as follows:

Daytime activities feature stimulating adult programs and hands-on workshops for youth hosted by local community organizations. Each evening, family and friends gather as live music fills the air. Then, a talented performer appears on stage, bringing a historic figure to life through personal stories and historic detail. This enriching and delightfully entertaining experience is perfect for every generation. With its warm, nostalgic vibe, this truly unique experience is sure to open minds and start conversations.

Individuals portrayed this year were Erma Bombeck, Cesar Chavez, Benjamin O. Davis, Betty Friedan and Robert F. Kennedy.

Back in the 1910’s through the 1930s, Barnesville was on the Redpath Chautauqua circuit, activities filling a tent on the grounds of the Eagles Lodge, former Edmund Bradfield mansion.

A future weeklong Ohio Chautauqua in Barnesville would make a great cultural addition to the Barnesville community.

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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".