Ten Years Ago – 2008

Donations have kept the downtown Flag Fund alive for nearly 25 years, Irene Cowgill reports as she pitches for more funds!

The Belmont County Historical Society will stage a tour of historic homes on June 22, its part of the Barnesville Bicentennial Celebration.

Meanwhile, the village of Belmont is planning its August 15-17 Bicentennial program.

Carl and Marjorie Foster of Old SR 147, Bethesda, will mark their 50th anniversary on June 15.

Stephanie Morgan wins the state title track competition in 1600 and 800 meters.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

More than 50 percent of this year’s BHS grads are moving on to higher education.

Mayor Tom Michelli retires from his day job at Barnesville Hospital where he served as a skilled maintenance worker.

The downtown revitalization project hits its goal securing sponsors for all 84 trees that are part of the project.

An E. Sparta man, Richard Gordon, 52, died at the Morristown Speedway last Sunday due to a "seatbelt bolt failure."

A 1951 Ford Coupe, owned by the late Lynn Hunkler, who willed it to his cousin, Ronnie Hunkler, will be auctioned off during the first Strawberry Festival. Ronnie donated the car to the Depot Restoration Fund.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Warner of SR 147 near Batesville, will mark their golden wedding anniversary on June 12.

Buckeye Boys State delegates this year representing Barnesville are Sam Ackerman and J.R. Yanchak. Aaron Corder and Chad Froehlich are alternates.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

Roger Sowers is the new athletic director for Barnesville Schools and Everett "Red" Riger is the new high school basketball coach.

Two principals submit their resignations to the school board. Fred E. Stephen, Somerton elementary teacher and principal, will retire following a 42-year career. Robert Rouse, elementary principal, is moving on to a similar position at Johnstown, Ohio.

Belmont Commissioners set hearings on a $5 county auto license fee.

Don E. Weaver, Worthington, president of the Ohio Historical Society, has accepted an invitation to attend the June 30 dedication of the Belmont County Historical Society museum.

L.P. Bailey of Tacoma, who died in 1927, is one of seven leaders in agriculture who have been elected to the 1968 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. The late L.P. Taber of Sandy Ridge was one of the first chosen in 1966.

June 20-22 are the dates chosen for the Kirkwood Township Volunteer Fire Department Festival.

June 15 is the date selected for the marriage of Miss Jo Moore and Mr. Dennis Wilcox at the Somerton Methodist Church.

An open house at the Grange Hall will mark the Vernon Pickens 50th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Pickens is the former Evie Baker.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

A new and enlarged Barnesville-Warren Township Honor Roll Board is erected on the open lot behind First National Bank. There are nearly 500 names of those in the service now listed.

George Bowen is named the new fire chief and Clyde Outland, assistant chief, as all old members of the department are reappointed.

The local school board decides that all students entering school in the first grade this fall must produce a birth certificate.

Mrs. George S. Bradfield died at her home at 331 W. Main Monday evening following a long illness. The former Blanche Hibbard, she was 71.

Lester Gilham, 35, of Belmont, who has been in the army for 12 years, died May 24 in England, where he was stationed. His death was caused by asthma. Burial was made in that nation.

The old George Barlow property on the southwest corner of S. Chestnut and W. Pike streets, which was recently purchased at public sale by Farland Ball, is being torn down in anticipation of a future gas station occupying the location.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

The local fire department has purchased a Federal double siren whistle which is to be used as a fire alarm.

The Marines have recruited 40 men in Wheeling in May, the largest number of any city in that state.

I.N. Reed and family from Okaloosa, Iowa, have been here for a fortnight visiting many relatives and friends. They drove through in their Nash touring car, a pleasure they all enjoyed. He has lived in Iowa for about 25 years during which he served several terms as sheriff.

Hon. Paul B. Worthington, local merchant, is a Republican candidate for Congress.

The War Savings Stamps campaign is underway with the opening of a local chapter.

A tragic accident on the National Road east of St. Clairsville claimed three lives including a 13-month-old child. Four others were seriously injured in the accident.


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