In the February 10 edition of The Barnesville Enterprise, readers of Jeanalities learned the history of Wharton Sportsman's Club. From that cherished past, the current 20 members are seeking to build on the present to revitalize and reorganize the future of the club to focus more on shooting sports
The Club, founded in 1952 consisted mostly of coon hunters and dog trials. They held weekend dances and dinners, as well as turkey shoots and raffles. The club house burnt down in 1982 and was rebuilt
The club grounds cover 30 acres due to a generous deal from Oxford Mining and Greg Honish. The acreage will allow for future expansion of the club
Today, the large clubhouse includes a recreation room. The club grounds also include a picnic shelter, 100-yard rifle range with a shooting bench and an 80-yard pistol range with a new pavilion
The Wharton Sportsman's Club has been a member of the National Rifle Association for three years
The future of the club will include sporting clay shooting stands, small arms shooting gallery for children, a walking path with shooting lanes, shooting benches for the new pavilion, a 300-yard long rifle range with benches and a shooting range for bows, including long, cross and compound bows
For the past two years the club has hosted spring and fall turkey shoots
In the future, members plan to have a spring bass fishing tournament, summer cookouts and camp fires. They hope to work with local 4-H Clubs and Boy Scout Groups
Those interested in joining the Wharton Sportsman's Club may call Todd Lynn at Barnesville Do It Best Hardware store at 425-1949 or contact any current member