Ten Years Ago – 2008

The Salvation Army thrift store on W. Main will close. The Belmont County Corps, headquartered in Bellaire, indicates the local store was losing money.

The 24th annual Blood Bash is set for May 9 with a goal of 500 productive units.

The 3C’s Cancer Support Group’s 8th annual walk is dedicated to the memory of Randy Mowrey who lost his heroic battle to cancer on April 27, 2007.

Bicentennial Strawberry Princess and Sweetie Pie contestants are sought.

Barnesville’s girls claim the 3-A track championship. Stephanie Morgan sets three meet records.

Martha Barr Milner of Morristown turns 90.

Twenty-Five Year Ago – 1993

The Barnesville Shamrock Ruritan Club surprises Herb and Mildred Hall with the club’s

"Citizens of the Year" award.

Enterprise staff member Garry Hanansky profiles Homer Cheffy, charter member of the Barnesville Memorial Park Board. At 89, Cheffy continues to financially support the park’s many improvement projects.

The Hendrysburg birthplace of William Boyd, Hopalong Cassidy is purchased, through the generosity of a German benefactor. The house will be restored and become a shrine. A special event last Friday at the house drew a large crowd including Boyd’s widow.

Rev. James E. Porter, 73, of Tippecanoe, died May 1. He became a full-time minister for the United Methodist Church upon retiring from the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968. Pastorates included Main Street and Bethel churches here from 1972-85.

Jean Davies profiles Bea Hanlon upon her 90th birthday. Hanlon was one of 12 who met in 1966 to form the Belmont County Historical Society serving on the board since its inception.

The Ormet Corporation, major employer in the region, marks 35 years of operation at its Hannibal, Monroe County plant.

Fifty Years Ago – 1968

BHS student, Pat Roe is first in the State Elks Scholarship Awards.

Employees are hired for the park pool including the following students Bill Hasbrouck, John Merrill, Mike McKenzie, Mike Lucas, Connie Long, Ken Keylor and Monte Harris. Mrs. Lela Gray is the concession operator and Singleton Briggs is caretaker of the park.

Leatherwood Theater opens Friday for the season according to Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Hall, owners. The theater will be open on weekends through the month of May, then open seven days a week during the summer.

Farmers report heavy fruit loss from this week’s low temperatures of 25 and 26 on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week.

Seventy-Five Years Ago – 1943

The Barnesville Rotary Club votes to operate the Crystal Pool at City Park again this year.

Liquidators have purchased the stock of the Buy Rite store at 157 E. Main. All stock is priced to sell at cost or below cost.

Local soldier, Bernard Ward, missing in action since Febraury14, is still alive, although a prisoner of the Germans. He was heard over a shortwave broadcast wherein he said he is a prisoner of war; was well; being treated fine and told his family not to worry.

A dud shell exploded on the rifle range of Camp Rucker, AL, killing three soldiers and injuring four including Pvt. Ted Holland, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Holland of Route 2.

Mrs. Anna M. Hogue has sold her property on Roosevelt Road to Loren Stanley of Washington, DC where he was government employee. Mrs. Hogue moved a month ago to the Silas Hartley home south of town, where she is being cared for.

One Hundred Years Ago – 1918

From the Whetstone

The Ohio Auditor opposes the holding of state and county fairs during the duration of the war.

As a patriotic duty, Barnesville merchants agree to close stores at 12 o’clock each Thursday afternoon through the last Thursday of September. This move is to stimulate the planting of more gardens in the city.

The death of Thomas S. Bradfield, 74, occurred at his home Friday, May 2 following a lingering illness of three years. In 1889, upon the retirement of his father, he became senior member of the firm of T. & J. Bradfield’s Department Store.

Also passing was William Stanton, formerly of this neighborhood, who died at his daughter’s residence in Westtown, PA May 5 at the age of 79. He was the former proprietor of the Stanton Nurseries east of town and a member of Stillwater Meeting of Friends.

"Owing to the general movement to rid Ohio of idlers and industrial parasites, a general call has been made to punish all people as vagrants, who are able bodied men who refuse to work or look for work."

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