Ten Years Ago – 2008

Curves of Barnesville nominates member Betty Tucker for Curves Sweetheart Contest.

Creation of a Belmont County Drug Task Force is arranged by the county prosecutor, sheriff, and eight police departments including Barnesville and Bethesda.

Jean Davies profiles the new book The Telephone Gambit by Seth Shulman. The book focuses on the court cases over who invented the telephone between Alexander Graham Bell and Barnesville native Elisha Gray

The Lady Shamrocks capture the OVAC 3A championship in a 50-33 victory over top-seeded Martins Ferry.

Susan Cook of the Barnesville office of Belmont Savings is named assistant vice president of the bank.

Rob "Duck" Kemp, 15, a Union Local freshman, dies at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, following a long illness.

Janet and Terry Morgan of Quaker City mark their golden wedding anniversary with an open house. Both are retired educators.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

Barnesville’s E-Squad marks its 15th anniversary with a recognition banquet. Four members –

Paul Burkhart, Phyllis Rinehart, Sandra Reed and Virginia Waggle – have been with the squad since its inception.

A revised downtown historic district ordinance passed without opposition. Next up is applying for a state downtown redevelopment grant.

Rebecca Boughner, Belmont native, is honored as the 1992 winner of the Telecommunications Awards at the St. Clairsville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A water leak costing the village 100,000 gallons of water a day has been located on SR 147 between the county garage and former children’s home.

A 100-unit goal is established for the Feb. 16 bloodmobile visit.

Warren Twp. Trustee Darby Jones, 84, escaped with only multiple contusions in a farming accident last Thursday morning on his Tacoma farm.

Former Barnesville police officer and village councilman Harold Knox, 64, of Columbus died Sunday.

Alfred Kahrig, 85, of Lewisville, retired meat cutter at the former Reich’s Meat Market in Barnesville, died Saturday.

James D. Ball, 72, of Senecaville, a native of Barnesville who spent much of his career at B.F. Goodrich in Akron, died last Tuesday. He was active in baseball and was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Burial took place at Hope Cemetery, Hendrysburg.

February 3rd marked the 98th birthday of Marie Landefeld, the oldest active member of the Barnesville Senior Citizens Center.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

"Community attitude is the most important element in attracting new industry," reports Forest Smith, manager of civic and community affairs for Olin Mathieson Aluminum Corporation. He addressed the Rotary Club Tuesday.

Barnesville serviceman Pfc. Charles Adkins is reported missing in action in Vietnam. The heart-breaking news was delivered to his wife at their S. Lincoln Ave. home Wednesday by an Army officer from Wheeling. Adkins is a 1965 graduate of BHS and was wounded twice previously in action.

Ken Woods, manager of the Barnesville office of Columbia Gas, will direct the annual Red Cross fund drive in March.

The Pink and Blue Shop, a new business featuring children’s wearing apparel, will open in the State Theater building. Owners are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Whitsell of Piedmont, RD 1.

E.D. Lloyd, local Texaco distributor and member of the Kiwanis Club, is awarded a 20-year perfect attendance pin from the club. Lloyd, a charter member, has attended every week since the local club was formed in 1948.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Ensign Fred Frizell of Cambridge, a native of Barnesville, was killed Sunday in an airplane crash in the west. He was an instructor for the Navy flying school at Olathe, Kansas.

Barnesville High lost another teacher to the armed forces, with the prospect of another one going before the end of the term. William Lawrence, science teacher, left Saturday and Coach Frank Sowecke is expected to be called later.

L.J. Taber of Barnesville and Columbus, is re-elected president of the Ohio Council of Churches Tuesday.

The high school basketball attendance record was broken last Tuesday when Somerset Twp. played here with more than 500 on hand to watch the contest.

Barnesville Aerie, #937, Fraternal Order of Eagles, marks its 38th anniversary this weekend. The lodge will also burn its mortgage on their home, the Bradfield Mansion at the corner of N. Chestnut and E. Church.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

Several persons hereabouts have kept records of the present unusual winter weather which, when summed up, are surely remarkable. George Douglass of Tuckahoe Ridge tells us that since October 23 and the 1st of February, snow fell on 38 different days. That the present blanket has covered mother earth since about the 3rd of December.

Snowfall during January was more than 25 percent greater than any January in the last 22 years. Records show that 26.3 inches fell. The heaviest snowfall previously was 20.2 inches in 1910.

Effective midnight Saturday, January 26, train schedules on the B & O changed. There are 10 trains passing through here daily, five in both directions.

The big car barn of the Wheeling Traction Co. on Wheeling Island was destroyed by fire early Monday, a loss of $200,000.

A "Father and Son" banquet will be held in the dining room of the Presbyterian Church next Monday evening.


Bruce Yarnall may be reached at: bruce.yarnall@outlook.com