Ten Years Ago – 2008

Sunrise TV Rental opens at 118 E. Main Street.

The proposed Olney/Stillwater Meeting Historic District receives approval of the Ohio Advisory Board. It now moves on to Washington for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 100th Bailey Family Reunion will take place Saturday, Aug. 9 at the former Belmont Grange Hall.

Bethesda receives a $42,000 CDBG grant for new playground equipment.

Jean Rockwell Cooper is the new minister for the United Methodist Churches at Jerusalem and Somerton.

Deaths reported this week include Joseph Howiler, 85, Boston Road, retired shipping clerk of Belmont Manufacturing.

Iva Dorcas Froehlich, formerly of Franklin Street and now of South Carolina, marked her 90th birthday on July 6.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

Jody Phillips is named Barnesville Health Care Center "Nurse of the Year".

Paul Shaw of Hendrysburg undergoes a heart transplant at The Ohio State University Hospital. He is reported to be in "good condition".

Construction is now under on the new Wendy’s Restaurant on the east side.

The local Buckmasters Chapter will hold its second annual banquet August 26 at the Elks.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Costello of Somerton Highway mark their 35th wedding anniversary.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

Fifty members of the Barnesville Hospital Twigs attending the annual picnic meeting at Memorial Park. They heard from Dr. Wesley Childs and James Peters, administrator, on the proposed hospital addition at the gathering.

At the same meeting, the hospital urged women to start more Twigs. At the peak, there were 80 Twigs with 1,200 members. Today, that number is 33 with 459 members.

Dave Hissom of Tacoma, who has been with the Community National Bank at Flushing since October 1966, has accepted a position as a teller at First National Bank.

Somerton’s Little League and Mity-Mite squads sweep Barnesville League titles.

Barnesville Lumber has 15 Continental Homes models available for construction on your lot.

The Knights of Columbus elects Jim Cook as Grand Knight.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Barnesville names Delbert Blatter as head football coach. Mrs. Ralph (Lucille) Betts is hired to teach Spanish and either English or biology.

Petitions are being circulated for signatures for a local option in Warren Twp. on the sale of beer and liquor. The effort is to dry up a 3.2 percent beer place located on SR 147 at the bottom of Barnesville hill.

Charles Toohey, lifelong resident of Baileys Mills, died Saturday morning in an accident at the Holland Mine.

Mrs. L.V. Richeson, 327 W. Main, received a card from her son Pvt. Forrest E. Richeson, who is a prisoner of the Japanese. The message indicates he is in good health and "don’t worry".

Rev. Russell S. Phillips, new pastor of the First Methodist Church, will arrive in Barnesville later this week. He, his wife and son, Dick, come to Barnesville from the Northwood, Iowa Methodist Church where he has been pastor for the past five years.

James Barnes, lifelong resident, died at his Warren Ave. home on Friday. He was a direct descendant of the brother of the town’s founder for whom he was named.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

Mr. Ross M. Conner of this place received word Saturday from the War Department the sad news his half-brother, Earl J. Conner of Quaker City, was killed in action in France on July 19.

T. & A. Rogers wish to announce they will discontinue business on August 5 and will be immediately succeeded by T. & A. Rogers Co.

Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Howell, East Main Street, received word Sunday from their son, Raymond, who is in the U.S. Marines in France. He was wounded in the hip.

The Barnesville Races will take place at City Park on August 27, 28 and 29.

Edmund S. Smith and wife, Elizabeth, who have been the efficient superintendent and matron at the Friends Boarding School for the past four years, have been released being succeeded by Samuel Hall and his wife, Anna Mott Hall of Adena.

Miss Katherine Worthington of S. Lincoln gave a reception last Friday in honor of her guest, Miss Margaret Johnson of Nelsonville, a school friend at Oberlin College.