Ten Years Ago – 2008

The Barnesville School District will offer preschool next year after receiving a $199,480 grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

The Barnesville Strawberry Festival returns to the B&O Depot on June 14 as part of the Bicentennial celebration.

Three days of search and rescue efforts ended in a tragic discovery last week when Richard Mann, 77, was found dead less than a mile from his Dorsey Avenue Barnesville home.

Anne Ward Carpenter is welcomed as the new office manager at the Enterprise.

County commissioners approve $15,000 for a summer youth camp at Memorial Park.

A 20-year-old buggy operator at Salesville is charged with DUI.

Grace Marie Long Wyscarver, 87, of Quaker City dies.

Stephanie Morgan sets two records at the D-III State Track Meet.

Barnesville native Barbara Gasper Jeffries’ "Barb’s Boys" of St. Clairsville are featured in a Barnesville Bicentennial Concert, June 7 at the high school auditorium.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

Longtime Barnesville Schools nurse, Rita Cranston, retires after 37 years of service.

Cadiz resident Tony Puskarich donates a 1920s era B & O wood caboose to the Depot Restoration Project, co-chairs Ray Stanley and Paul Livezey announce.

Work is underway for a new Subway Restaurant at Chestnut Plaza. This completes the development Alton Smith, property owner, announced. A Family Dollar store is also part of the complex.

The Development Council announces plans for the first Depot Strawberry Festival slated for June 19.

Barnesville football coach Dave Kovalick is named OVAC "Coach of the Year".

Former Belmont Mayor Harry Thompson dies at 84. He was once owner/operator of a service station in the village.

Virgil and Martha Reed mark their 50th wedding anniversary on June 5. Rodney and Betty Kahrig of Miltonsburg celebrate their silver wedding anniversary on the 9th.

B-Wear, a division of 5B’s that recently opened a factory here, opens their fourth retail store at the Ohio Valley Mall.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

Both Barnesville police and the county sheriff are continuing investigations into the vandalism that occurred in Barnesville and the rural areas during "senior night" last Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Three truckloads of signs found at the high school the following day.

Attorney Fred J. Milligan, former president of the Ohio Historical Society, will be principal speaker at the dedication of the Belmont County Museum June 30.

Dr. W.L. Briggs, local optometrist, is elected president of the state association.

Bethesda native Gene Green is hired as Barnesville Park and Recreation Director.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Fire completely destroyed the seven room home of the John Lowendick family at Mt. Holly on the Sandy Ridge Road Monday. The family was in Barnesville and discovered the fire when they opened the door upon their return. The door created a draft allowing he entire house to burn in a matter of minutes.

The Three Quarter Century Club of Belmont County will hold its 16th annual meeting at Epworth Park Saturday, June 19.

The last section of Rt. 40 will be finished once the war ends. Originally scheduled for 1942, the new roadway section will cover from Lady Bend Hill to Hendrysburg.

Burkhart Nursery receives orders for over 230,000 tomato and pepper plants for Victory Gardens in Chicago. Burkhart estimates that one million tomato plants were started this year and all will be sold.

Epworth Park opened for the season on May 1. Over 20 cottages have been opened thus far.

Mrs. J.W. Judkins, 91, died Monday. She and her husband built their stately brick home at the corner of N. Chestnut and E. Walnut about 50 years ago.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

"Arrest German Spies" – No little excitement was caused at the village of Morristown when four foreigners appeared in that village on Memorial Day and began taking pictures of the paved National Road running through town. The four men were Russians and were traveling in a high-powered Pierce-Arrow touring car. The men claimed they were engineers representing the Russian government sent to this country to study the building of public highways. The sheriff ordered their arrest. They were detained in Cambridge, brought back to St. Clairsville, then transported to Columbus where they will be arraigned before federal authorities.

John G. Hall, 74, Quaker farmer living on the Boston Road, died from injuries received when he was thrown from a wagon by his frightened horse. He was returning home from Barnesville.

Robert L. Lohmire of E. Main graduates from Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy. Young Lohmire, it will be remembered, obtained the first knowledge of his profession at Ely & Wilson, the local druggists

Trevor Jones, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jones, met with a serious accident Monday at the Presbyterian Church. He and several lads attempted to become expert as human flies in climbing the outside walls of the church. He lost his balance and fell several feet to the ground breaking both arms.

The baseball game at City Park Decoration Day saw the Moose best the Masons, 5-2. The Salesville Band that provided music for the parade and at the park,

The band also played for the dedication of the Moose Lodge on E. Main that day. The Lodge recently purchased the former Schafer Hotel for their lodge hall. The local organization, chartered four years ago with 71 members, now claims 374 names.


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