Ten Years Ago – 2008

Officials of Bethesda announce plans to preserve the town’s Memorial Clock. First up is removing it from the top of the Orrison Building where it has marked time since 1925.

A Bethesda woman bequeathed a significant amount of money to the Belmont and Guernsey County animal pounds. Jennie Stover left equal amounts to the organizations - $88,028.

William Bradfield Trucksis and Robert Shepherd unveil Isaac Barnes’ portrait in Council Chambers as part of the town’s 200th Bicentennial celebration. Barnes was the town’s first mayor in 1836 when the town was incorporated. Both men are his descendants.

Barnesville High students build a raised garden at the school campus.

Barnesville girls place third in the D-III track meet. Stephanie Morgan set two records.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

William Hunkler, president of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District, will present diplomas to 100 graduates Sunday afternoon.

Memorial Park will open for the season, Saturday, May 29.

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum residence will be marked by a special program, Sunday June 6th.

Presmar Industries of Barnesville started work Friday on backfilling and compacting 24,000 cubic yards of earth for the site of the new Wendy’s Restaurant on E. Main.

Deaths reported week include Margaret Johnson, 76, retired vice president of First National Bank. She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy and Wanda Johnson, both of the home.

Also passing was Charles Medley, 61, employee of Piersol’s B.P. Station and former owner/operator of Medley’s Service Station.

Barnesville Lodge # 4252 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles marks its third anniversary with a special dinner.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

BHS Coach Harold Mercer, who will be directing the Ohio All-Stars in this year’s Ohio-West Virginia All Star football game, will be joined by four BHS athletes – Dan Hannahs, Arthur Reed, Dave Grimes and Charlie Morrison.

William Finnical of Newark, who operated a pharmacy in Woodsfield until about a year ago, has purchased the Shepherd Pharmacy on W. Main. The deal results in a case of classmates becoming competitors. Finnical was a classmate of Tom Cheffy when they graduated from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

An accident on SR 379 near Calais last Thursday night took the life of Mrs. Mary Carpenter, 34, of Somerton.

An Open House is slated for Saturday at Lashley Tractor Sales, Kennonsburg.

A class of 10 is inducted into the Barnesville Legion Post. They are: Dean Sheppard, Larry Ward, Jim Huntsman, Jay Phillips, Dave Wehr, Garry Carpenter, Don Sheppard, David Fitch, Mick McCort and Ralph Lucas.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

A mass resignation of 23 firemen came after the city council passed a new ordinance regulating the department that does not violate state law. With that, 12 of the resigned members an answered a fire call just three hours later.

Effective June 1, the Barnesville business office of Bell Telephone Co. will close with all business handled out of the district office in Bridgeport. The Cheffy Drug Store has been designated to receive payment of phone bills.

Alex Moore, Warren Township trustee for 34 years, died at his home two miles south of town on the Somerton Road, Saturday after suffering a stroke a week earlier. The Quaker City native operated a fruit and berry farm.

During the month of May almost 200,000 gallons of rain fell on each acre here.

Barnesville Route 3 – A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Carpenter, Thursday, May 20.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

All young men who became 21 years of age in the past year are required to register for military service. Mayor W.V. Bennett and Clerk Waldo Hilles will have charge of registration here.

The 40th annual Commencement for Barnesville High School consists of a class of 34.

The wedding took place at the Belmont County Children’s Home last Thursday of Miss Katie Bluhardt and Charles Debula of Key. Both the bride and groom were wards of the home when children and have grown to be useful young people of the world. The young man was adopted by a wealthy farmer of the Key neighborhood, while the young woman has a valuable salaried position in the home.

Having purchased the junk business of Max Hendler, I am located at his old stand, 290 South Chestnut. I pay the highest market prices for old iron and other junk, special prices for brass and copper – Joe Waisbrot.

Wanted – girls to make Army shirts. This offers an unusual opportunity to earn good wages. Come to our factory for information. Harrison Brothers, 511 E. Main, Barnesville.


Bruce Yarnall, former general manger, may be reached at: bruce.yarnall@outlook.com