Ten Years Ago – 2008

Fire Sunday afternoon destroyed the home of Frank and Nancy Mayo on Old State Route 147 between Barnesville and Bethesda. Bethesda, Belmont, Morristown and Barnesville departments battled the fire.

Barnesville’s Bicentennial Calendar is posted listing a variety of special events between March and November.

Evelyn Gatten McKeen, 67, of Belmont dies. She was a retired supervisor of the former 5 B’s factory.

Two master masons, William Farson and Robert Phillips, receive 50-year pins at Friendship Lodge.

Clarence and Shirley Clouse mark their golden wedding anniversary. They were married at the Church of the Assumption on Feb. 1, 1958.

The Lady Shamrocks beat Fort Frye in tournament action while Barnesville swimmers head to Athens for district competition.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

For a second time, voters in the Union Local School District, issue a resounding defeat for a 9.5-mill operating levy. The vote was 1,368 against and 397 for.

Barnesville Council agrees to be a "middleman" for a $300,000 loan from the First National Bank for the expansion of Hutton Memorial Library.

The Ohio Department of Transportation deems the Barnesville Antique Mall Sign on a hill near Fairview illegal. Mall owner Keith Ackerman reports the sign draws many people off the highway.

Barnesville native, Robert L. (Bob) Lucas, who is 86, recently retired as bailiff of the Guernsey County Court of Commons Pleas. The 1928 BHS grad worked at Cambridge State Hospital before assuming court duties in 1979.

A grand opening for the Cottage Restaurant was held last Friday morning, one week after the restaurant officially opened for business.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

A big oil/gas well "came in" on the Frances Reischman farm near Miltonsburg last week.

The Enterprise wins second place in the Community Service category at the newspaper show held in Columbus by the Ohio Newspaper Association.

Barnesville Public Library circulated 50,279 books in 1967.

J. J. Wehr, owner of Barnesville Dry Cleaning building that burnt on Jan. 22, announces he intends to rebuild on the same site.

A Red Cross benefit basketball game will feature teams from the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

Two Union Local students, Judith Kemp and Susan Kemp, will attend the World Affairs Institute in Cincinnati next month.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

A.E. Kennard, Sr., 77, head of the M-K Grocery Company and one of the first auto dealers here, dies of pneumonia in Florida.

Part of the wall of the old brick building on the southeast corner of E. Main and S. Arch Street toppled into the street Sunday afternoon. Reports are the building will be razed.

With his degree in hand, Dr. F. Reed Hasbrouck will make the third generation of the family to practice dentistry in Barnesville. In addition to his father and grandfather, his uncle Frederick Hasbrouck of Toledo is also a dentist.

A telegram received by Mr. and Mrs. Mack Decker, informed the family their son, Warren, is a prisoner of war of the Germans in N. Africa.

A dog’ faithfulness to a boy brought about the identity Monday of three school boys, ages 9 to 11, who broke into Okay’s soda pop factory on S. Chestnut. Police discovered the boys had escaped but also discovered the dog standing guard over several bottles of pop under a building nearby. The dog tag number led police to his owner and the identity of three boys who were given a stern talking to by the county probation officer.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

A terrific wind storm with almost cyclone force swept over Barnesville Tuesday afternoon. Several roofs, windows and chimneys on W. Main residences were damaged. Fruit and shade trees were also damaged. Electric and telephone wires were also severed.

Workmen are engaged at Hunt’s Dry Goods Store this week, painting, clearing and decorating all departments preparatory to opening and displaying the spring stock.

William Kennard, from the A.E. Kennard & Son Ford dealership, was at Columbus this week attending the National Automobile Convention.

The Whetstone seeks letters from area soldiers in France or Army camps stateside. Shared letters are of interest to the general public. The paper will omit personal sections.

Mrs. W.H. Patterson oversees the "Cafeteria Supper" by the ladies of the First Presbyterian Church in the dining hall on Feb. 21.


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