Ten Years Ago – 2008

Coal mining under the Chestnut Level Christian Church graveyard draws controversy. The church board recently voted to allow Ohio Valley Coal to mine under the graves.

An ordinance to regulate downtown building signage is passed by Barnesville Council.

An induction into the Barnesville Area Education Hall of Fame was a surprise for banquet organizer Evelyn Weber Sampson who also marked her 60th class reunion. Also inducted at last Saturday’s banquet were Ralph Hunkler and Carolyn Hines Self.

Died – Kathryn V. Van Dyne Kemp Crum, 83, of Bethesda, a retiree of Barnesville Manufacturing.

Also passing was Delores Lashley, 75, a retiree of Barnesville Health Care Center and Barnesville Hospital.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

Parades are a feature of the 89th annual Ohio Hills Folk Festival in Quaker City.

Rev. Tom Schluter is appointed director of the Epworth Learning Center in Bethesda.

A $100,000 grant from ODOT will make paving of the Barnesville-Bradfield Airport possible.

Bethesda’s Allison and Virginia Milhoan are honored for their many years of service to the local volunteer fire department.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

Barnesville’s new head football coach is Bellaire native, Bill Thomas.

The Friends Boarding School is facing the loss of its charter. The school presently does not meet the minimum standards for Ohio high schools which went into effect July 1.

Over 1,200 visit the new Belmont County Museum during its first 10 days of operation.

A survey is underway to determine if Quaker City customers of the Southeastern Ohio Telephone Company are interested in calling Barnesville toll-free. The Pennyroyal Ruritan Club is heading the effort.

A 1963 BHS graduate, John Hutchison was one of two new teachers employed by the school board Tuesday night. He will teach junior high school studies and coach junior high football. He graduated from Kent State earlier this summer.

Miss Becky Reed, graduate of the Cambridge Beauty School, is now affiliated with the Talk of the Town Beauty Salon.

The golf range at Bob’s Chevrolet is now open daily from 12 noon to 11 pm.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

The town will pay off the last of the Junior High School Bonds in September, 20 years after the construction of the building.

The personnel issue with the volunteer fire department is resolved. As fallout, two council members, Harley Davis and A.R. Edward, resigned.

Council names two new members, Robert Agar of South Broadway and George Allen Wilson of Hunts Avenue.

The local Eagles Lodge is awarded a "new members" trophy with 37 new members reported in June. Bellaire and Martins Ferry tied for second with 13 members each.

A surprise Air Raid Test will take place in the Barnesville District during daylight hours someday next week.

Three Barnesville women were heard recently on WKWK Radio in Wheeling. Mrs. Albert Livezey, Mrs. Glenn Rockwell and Mrs. Harvey Postlethwait, discussed "The use of summer apples".

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

The marriage of I.R. Lane of this place and Miss Anna L. Mills of Caldwell took place in Wheeling last Saturday. Mr. Lane is the B & O Agent here. The new Mrs. Lane is a lady of intelligence and refinement and one of Caldwell’s most highly respected women. They will make their home on S. Lincoln.

Curiosity seekers in Bellaire contributed $175 Saturday evening to see Joe Diehle, a human fly, scale a four-story building from bottom to top. The Red Cross received half of the money.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Patterson and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Patterson of Pittsburgh, returned home Sunday after a short visit with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Patterson of E. Main Street.

The 7th annual reunion of the Neptune family will take place at Harmony Church, August 15. This date is the 100th anniversary of the birth of William N. Neptune, one of the pioneer members of that family, and an early settler of the Harmony section.


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