FEBRUARY 26 marks the 89th anniversary of the beginning of a week of two disastrous fires in Barnesville. These fires consumed two industries that employed "many hands."

The Roby Cigar Processing Company was on East South Street where the Rogers planing mill was located for many years. Today that site is occupied by Chestnut Lanes bowling alley. From Dr. D.O. Sheppard's STORY OF BARNESVILLE we quote a description:

"On February 26, 1921, The Roby Cigar Factory burned. It was a large wooden building on the alley in the rear of the Shannon Hotel (today's central Main Street parking lot.) This loss was very great as there was an immense quantity of cigars and tobacco in the building, and it left a large number of hands without work."

PIX fire remnants

"This plant stood across the tracks opposite the B & O depot and was formerly the old Barnesville Window Glass Factory. After that fire it was not rebuilt and the business was moved to Zanesville."

jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime associate of the Barnesville Enterprise. She may be reached at jeandavies@comcast.net