Ten Years Ago – 2008

One of the many activities for Barnesville’s Bicentennial 4th of July celebration is a non-motorized Kiddie Parade open to children ages three to 10. The parade will form at the Depot and end at Memorial Park.

A Heritage Trophy was presented to Tom Rownd following the 5K Bicentennial Run. He is the third great-grandson of Rev. James Rownd, Methodist minister, and first settler in the village of Barnesville in the summer of 1808.

The Barnesville Post Office is issuing a special bicentennial cancellation stamp Saturday, July 5.

Longtime members of the Belmont Grange are honored for their years of membership. All have been members more than 50 years: Charles Long, Helen Detling, Ruth Orr, Verna Kaiser, Louis Dietrich, Henry Gallagher, Rex Kaiser, Mary E. Gibson, Marie Steed, Helen Bailey and William O. Smith.

Mildred Hall, 86, who along with her husband, Herb ran Hall’s Grocery for years dies. Also passing was Phillip Eugene Long, 71, of Florida. He was retired from Barnesville Hospital.

Linda Phillips of Bethesda is named 2007 C.A.R.E. giver at Barnesville Hospital.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

As the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library is readied for the $870,000 expansion project, the library prepares to move to the former Western Auto at 125 E. Main its temporary quarters during construction.

Only nine street lights out of 73 remain to be sponsored for the downtown revitalization project.

A new car belonging to Kenneth and Aggie Timmons was recovered Saturday evening after it was stolen earlier in the week. The 1993 Buick Roadmaster was taken from in front of their W. Main home sometime after 10 on Wednesday.

Barnesville native J. Paul Taber, 82, died in Houston, Texas, where he resided. His father Louis J. Taber and Ray Palmer were onetime partners in ownership of the Barnesville Enterprise.

Mary A. Riesbeck Theurich,75, who was once manager of the local Riesbeck’s Food Market, died Sunday.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

From Pocatello, Idaho to Pultney Ridge, folks came by the hundreds last weekend for the formal opening of the Belmont County Historical Society Museum, the former Bradfield-Watt mansion.

Local support for the proposed county auto tax permissible $5 fee is heavy.

The Barnesville Fire Department’s parade last Friday evening drew 65 entries.

Denver Kaiser is named principal at Union Local High School. He succeeds H.B. Rhodes who is retiring.

Damage from extensive acts of vandalism greeted Barnesville’s new park and recreation director, Gene Green, on his first day on the job Monday. The names of 14 boys who were seen in the park late Sunday night were given to the police.

The Beallsville Lions Club is selling light bulbs to purchase glasses for area needy children.

Now showing at the Leatherwood Theater – "Shakiest Gun in the West" staring Don Knotts and Barbara Rhodes.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Three more teachers resign – Mrs. L.E. Berry, Louis Thomas and Miss Melba Schumacher. Mrs. Berry, recently married, is retiring to the practice of homemaking. Mr. Thomas is going into the Navy and Miss Schumacher has accepted a teaching position in her home city of Indianapolis.

Three weeks after he landed in England, Lt. W.B. Kinney, Jr. of Belmont bagged his first German plane while on a bombing mission over Europe.

The war is forcing the closing of the J.G. Bair Furniture Store in the Harrison Department Store building. The store opened here in 1934 on the second floor of the building, moving to the basement level four years later. The company plans to reopen a store after the war.

Before school opens in September, the ceiling in the school lunch room will be covered with acoustic-celotex tiles to improve acoustics in the room.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

Contractor Leonard, who has charge of this end of the Barnesville-Hendrysburg Road paving project, reports the road is open for travel as far as the foot of the newly established portion which intersects with Bond Avenue.

Frequent squadrons of army trucks pass along the National Road, and nearly every day now their presence is reported from different points along the line. The first ammunition train, 40 in number, passed over the highway Thursday, enroute for the west front.

The local system of the Belmont Telephone Company will merge with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company on August 3.

Friends of Paul Whitacre receive word that he has landed safely at a foreign port. He was at Camp Sheridan in Alabama.

William N. Boswell and Walter H. Ellis, both of this place, were among the list of recruits who enlisted at the U.S. Naval Station in Wheeling Saturday. They will report on Friday to Pittsburgh.

Batesville is to have a big 4th of July celebration under the management of the lodge of Modern Woodmen of that village.

Mrs. Elizabeth Heaney, one of Guernsey County’s oldest residents, died at her Quaker City home June 21 at the age of 91.


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