Ten Years Ago – 2008

Local resident Larry Podsobinksi writes a book outlining his battle of schizophrenia.

The Barnesville Bicentennial Cruise-In Car Show is set for July 26 at the Watt Center.

The Cambridge Greyhound Bus Station moves to the Shenandoah Plaza at Old Washington.

Barnesville receives a Public Works Grant of $144,354 for a sanitary sewer rehab project.

Nan Joyner, retiree of Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, dies at 80.

The Barnesville Junior Women’s Club will dedicate a refurbished village bell at Veterans Plaza on August 2.

4-H Camp Piedmont marks 60 years.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

5 B’s has opened a factory outlet store at the local manufacturing plant on E. South Street.

Inductees to the Barnesville Area Education Foundation Hall of Fame are Inez Walker Alexander, 92, of Columbus, and William S. Derry of Van Wert.

Barnesville is featured and recommended as a tourist destination by Marietta Times columnist Kathy Johnson.

Miss Amy LaFever is crowned 1993 Ohio Hills Folk Festival Queen.

Eldon Groves, 83, of Salem, dies following a brief illness. He was one of Ohio ‘s pioneering agriculture journalists and a member of the Barnesville Area Education Hall of Fame. He was born in Kirkwood Twp. in 1909.

Four members of the BHS Class of 1923 of 70 years ago attended the alumni banquet – Homer Cheffy, Clara Martin Jarrett, Hilda Boyd Cunard and Vernon Burkhart.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

New councilman Earl McWilliams suggests the village consider enacting an income tax.

Barnesville’s budget for 1969 is set at $325,851.

The village is seeking residents for the apartment on the second floor of the city building after current residents Mr. and Mrs. Roy Steele vacate. With residency in the apartment goes the job of caretaker of the town hall.

Tom Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gibson and 1968 graduate of Barnesville High School, is on a 21-day FFA tour of Europe.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Railroad traffic has nearly t rippled here since the beginning of the War. Daily 24 trains go through town, most of them double-headers.

Last Friday, Enterprise pressman Bernard Froehlich was on a 15-coach train enroute to Baltimore when the train jumped the track at the Point-of-Rocks tunnel in Maryland, killing the engineer and injuring several. Sabotage is blamed.

The first confirmation in 25 years is held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Temperanceville, when an auxiliary bishop of Columbus, assisted by 10 visiting priests, held confirmation for a class of 75. St. Mary’s is the oldest church in its diocese.

Last week’s newsstand sales set a new record when the local agency sold 503 copies. Yesterday, there were probably 20 calls for this week’s issue even before it went to press.

Barnesville Hospital – A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Danford Smith of East Church Street Wednesday, evening, July 14. Mrs. Smith is the former Marion Brown.

The descendants of Stephen H. and Lucinda Jane Brown Reunion was held at the Jerusalem Picnic Grounds on July 18.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

Deaths recorded this week include: Mrs. Otho Durnal,62, of Bethel; Mrs. Anna Malbra Drake, 62; Mrs. Margaret Barber, 83, of Union Township, and Joel Hall, 81, of the Quaker City community.

The Sunday School of the First Presbyterian Church will give a picnic at City Park Thursday. Preceding the supper in the evening, a will be played between Troop 2, Boy Scouts and members of the Men’s Class.

St. Clairsville has adapted Puritan regulations and Sunday selling is no longer permitted.

August 15 will be Methodist Day at Epworth Park. Bishop William F. Anderson, well-known to people of this vicinity, will return from Europe on August 1st and will provide news from the war stricken countries of the old world. He will bring a message full of inspiration.

A concrete bridge is being constructed at the foot of Leatherwood Hill. The men who are at work on it area camping nearby.

A flag raising was held at the Media Mine near Baileys Mills last Wednesday evening. An address was given by Rev. Gilmore before a program of patriotic songs took place.


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