Ten Years Ago – 2008

Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library purchases the former Dairy Mart building at N. Chestnut and Euclid for use as a special events venue called the Library Annex.

"Ratatonville", a movie, will be shown Friday at Memorial Park for a "Movie Under the Stars" event.

The familiar blue mail boxes on local streets may be a thing of the past. The Barnesville Post Office confirms the service will likely remove seven of the 13 public boxes as the amount of mail collected in them has dwindled.

Two new teachers are welcomed at Barnesville Independent School – Jody Anderson and Audrey Mellott.

James E. Hatula, 69, of Barnesville, retired firefighter for the City of Barberton, dies. He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church and Barnesville Elks.

Norman and Diana Mayberry Wehr mark their 40th anniversary on August 4.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

Roger Huntsman retires as Barnesville police dispatcher, a job he has performed for the past 25 years without the benefit of eyesight, which was lost in a hunting accident in 1962.

Nan Joyner, children’s librarian at Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library for the past five years, retires.

Himalaya Patcha, MD, will establish a local practice here while attending patients at Barnesville Hospital. He comes highly recommended, Aaron Samuel, MD, said.

Work commenced this past Tuesday to video and smoke test sanitary sewer lines in sections of the village. Most of the village’s lines were installed in the 1920s.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

Work starts next week on the new paved runway at Barnesville-Bradfield Airport. The runway will be 3,500 feet long and will accommodate small jets.

Copper wire worth $300 is stolen from BHS stadium.

Emery Stewart, III, who has completed two years at Ohio University Belmont, has received a one-year scholarship. His brother, Chris Stewart, who graduated this year has been offered a scholarship at Marietta College. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Emery Stewart, Jr. of Church Street.

Belmont County Commissioners vote to reject the $5 permissive license tag fee.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Edgar H. Bostock is the new non-salaried general chairman of the Barnesville War Price and Rationing Board.

The Selective Service Board has received notice to get ready commencing Oct. 1 to begin drafting fathers for service in the armed forces.

New faculty members announced by Superintendent Silas Warfield are Raymond C. Low, Dover, as athletic coach, and Miss Louada Morgan of New Concord as the second commercial teacher. One position remains vacant.

The heaviest one-month rainfall since the floods of January 1936 fell in July when 7.15 inches fell over a 27-day period.

Two more closed one-room schools will be sold in Goshen Twp. Lampsville and the Bolon school were built in the 1870s.

Walter Hodkinson and Floyd Wilcox have opened a new barber shop in the Boswell Building on S. Chestnut formerly occupied as a barber shop of Mr. Wilcox’s father.

Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Bishop of Leggett Ave. celebrate 60 years of married life.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

Lt. Spencer Hunt of Barnesville is one of the 40 crack pilots who may escort the first aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean to the European battlefields.

Prominent Woodsfield citizen W.C. Mooney, 68, dies while in New York City for an operation.

Lewis Brock, prominent resident of Beallsville dies of injuries received while cranking his auto while it was in gear. The car ran over his chest.

The usual large crowd of Belmont-Monroe young people attended Carey Smith’s annual festival and lawn fete at his home between Somerton and Malaga Saturday evening. This year the event was given for the benefit of the Red Cross.

Word is received that Wilbur Blakemore died of tonsillitis in Europe on June 25. His is the first death of a local serviceman.

The new "lightless night" order which went into effect in Ohio this week was not generally observed. Many store windows and outside display lights were illuminated.

Epworth Park – Electricity has been added to the auditorium and the night illumination is a wonderful improvement.