Ten Years Ago – 2008

Barnesville Schools is preparing for an exciting new service this fall – a pre-school program.

After several years of faithful service to the area, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Bureau operated by the Chamber of Commerce might close. The local office is one of several currently under review by BMV.

Barbara Thompson opens a scrap booking store in the former Green Cottage restaurant building. 163 E. Main. Her family has moved into her grandfather John W. Kirk’s home on Hillcrest.

Eleanor "Elly Mae" Lynn, 72, of Mt. Olivet dies.

Matt Johnson resigns his football post at Cambridge High. He is returning to his alma mater, Barnesville.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

Next up at the Summer Showcase Concert Series at Memorial Park Thursday, the Cambridge City Band. The annual Kiwanis Ice Cream Social will take place before the concert begins.

Noble County Commissioners sign a contract that will result in a water line serving Batesville and Temperanceville.

The former G.C. Murphy Company store is taking shape for the new home of the WesBanco Barnesville loan department.

Deaths this past week include Josephine Hagan Ackerman, 89, of Somerton.

Also passing was Sylvan Montgomery, 85, of N. Arch Street. He was a retiree of United Diary.

Two local girls will compete for the Queen of Queens Contest – Christie Blaney will represent Union Local and Rachel Hall, Barnesville.

Jean Davies profiles the Mabel Edgerton home on Roosevelt Road. The Sears-Roebuck kit house was erected by her parents in 1933. Edgerton is moving to the Walton Home.

Kitty’s Koch’s Nursery School will vacate Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library before expansion construction begins. The school is moving to the Assembly of God Church on Shamrock Drive.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

Bill Finch, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Finch, BHS senior, is accepted as a member of the 1968 School of America band that will tour the nation this summer.

The annual Farm Bureau Fish Fray and Dance will take place at Memorial Park Friday night.

Speaker at the Barnesville Rotary Club is Dr. James Sutherland of Martins Ferry, Republican candidate for Congress.

BHS instructor Howard Lemasters is among 27 teachers in Ohio who have received scholarships to study 20th century American history, economics and literature at Ohio Northern’ s Ada campus.

Deaths this week include Matthew A. Hanse, 77, founder and president of Lotus Glass Co.

Also passing in Florida was Ralph L. Cummins, 71, who was manager of the Barnesville J.C. Penney’s Store for many years.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

Watts is working on a big war order for mine cars for Colombia Steel Corporation on the Pacific Coast, a company providing steel for building warships.

Hard storms this week caused untold damage all around. The 2.76-inch rain Sunday night was the heaviest in 13 years in this section.

Gibson Bradfield is elected president of the McClelland-Kennard Grocery Company (M-K). He fills the slot that has existed since the death last winter of A.E. Kennard, Sr., one of the original founders of the company and its first president.

The first oil flowing through the "Big Inch pipeline from Texas to New Jersey passed through the line south of here Tuesday afternoon.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

The latest contingent consisting of 228 men of our county left Tuesday for Camp Sherman in Chillicothe.

A meeting of women was held at the Strand Theater Thursday to organize a chapter of the Council of National Defense for Barnesville. A fair audience was present and all seemed interested in this very important part of war work.

The congregation of the First Christian Church recently secured a new bell and placed it in the belfry of the church. It has a deep, melodious tone and rang out for its first message last Sunday morning.

It is the opinion of many that Barnesville needs a traffic officer on Saturdays. The crowds have become so great and all kinds of vehicles so numerous that pedestrians need protection at the crossings where the streets intersect.