Ten Years Ago – 2008

Barnesville Hospital feted volunteers at the annual appreciation banquet last week. Among those recognized were: Jean Anderson (1,000 hours), Mary Ann Deloma (3,000 hours), Frances McCort (1,000 hours), Pearl Beckett (10,000 hours), Sharon Lee-Wood (1,000 hours). A total of 169 volunteers gave 11,743 hours during the year.

Quaker City prepares for the 104th annual Ohio Hills Folk Festival.

Movie Under the Stars at Barnesville Memorial Park will take place Friday evening. "The Bee Movie" is the family feature this week.

Barnesville is ready to race for the Bicentennial 5K run this Saturday. Registration gets underway at the Depot at 7 am. Dale Landefeld is chair of the event. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Rails to Trails Committee and the high school cross country and track teams.

One feature of the race festivities is "Tunnel Fun Run" for children ages 12 and below.

The Mayhugh Family will kick off evening Bicentennial concerts at Memorial Park Tuesday, July 1.

Stephanie Morgan is selected Gatorade Ohio "Athlete of the Year".

Nell Bohandy Boughner, 76, of Belmont passes.

Birthday celebrations are announced for Leland Long, Barnesville, 99, and Mary McFarland Perkins, 90, Beallsville.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

After 31 years of running the high school volleyball program, Aggie Timmons is relinquishing her coaching duties to former assistant coach and player under her – Jana Crawford.

Over 2,500 showed up to take part in first Barnesville Strawberry Festival at Barnesville Depot. In addition to the red berries, platters featuring Herb Hall’s famous ham salad were served to over 1,000. Organizers report over 250 quarts of strawberries were needed to serve the crowd.

John Allen Johnson is honored as Alumnus of the Year by the Somerton Alumni Assn. Johnson is the 16th recipient of the award since the first was given to Fred Stephen in 1979. Johnson graduated in 1933.

The marriage of Miss Amy Jean Campbell and Richard Wells of May 29 is profiled this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sampson of Belmont mark their 40th wedding anniversary.

Charles "Chaz" Hanlon purchased the 1951 Ford Coupe at auction at the Barnesville Depot last Saturday for $3,400. Proceeds will benefit restoration of the station.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

The Belmont County Historical Society will dedicate the new museum at the Bradfield-Watt Mansion Sunday afternoon. State officials are expected to take part in the program.

Earl "Jiggs" McWilliams is named to fill the vacancy on village council.

Barney Mann, 23, was killed in a crash near Seneca Lake Saturday. Services and burial took place here Saturday.

H.R. Collins, BHS graduate class of 1948, is named Geologist for the State of Ohio.

Thirteen members of the BHS Class of 1918 enjoyed their 50th anniversary reunion last Saturday.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

The firemen agree to go back on the job if the old chief Thomas Taylor is re-appointed. Peace terms are agreed upon at a conference between a committee of eight firemen and the mayor.

For the first time in the history of the immediate area, the ranks of the ministers of the Methodist Church will include a woman, Mrs. Ray Harrison, who will serve the Hendrysburg, Sewellsville, Oak Grove and Salem congregations. Mrs. Harrison comes from West Bellaire where she filled the pulpit after the death of her husband during the past year.

The temperature dropped from a high of 95 to a low of 50 between Sunday and Tuesday this past week.

Barnesville Hospital – Nick Majors of near Fairview was admitted Friday for treatment of injuries sustained in a serious accident. He was run over by a tractor plow and suffered torn ligaments and bruises.

Mrs. Charles Champ,32, a young colored woman of Barnesville, died at her Franklin Street home Wednesday leaving three daughters without a mother. She had been in the hospital for an operation in February following the birth of a baby, but soon developed a heart condition that proved fatal. She was a native of Belmont where burial was made.

The Davis Reunion was held Sunday, June 27 at Mt. Horeb with nearly 100 attending.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

The Civil War boys have had their pensions increased by Congress. The minimum pension is raised from $13 to $30 a month.

Members of Advance Council No. 86 Knights of the Golden Eagle observed their annual memorial Sunday. They marched first to Greenmount Cemetery and following the usual ritualistic service, they moved to Southern Cemetery where the service was repeated.

Notice to Mothers – All parents who have children under six years of that are well and have not received the weighing and measuring test are kindly asked to bring them to the school house on Friday afternoon between the hours of 1 and 4. Miss Maud Chappell, chairman.

As a result of the closing of the Pollack and March & Miller stogie factories in Wheeling, 500 stogie makers are idle. The closing of these factories is due to the manufacturers refusing to grant employees an increase to $2 per 1,000 smokes produced.


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