Buchanan Presbyterian To Close
The cong-regation of the Buchanan Presbyterian Church, SR 78, Lewisville, welcomes the public to its last
service of worship on Sun., Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m.
“Come and celebrate the 184 years of life and ministry of the
church which will include the singing of hymns and sharing
stories of the Buchanan church family,” invites Susan Le-hosky,
pastor of Buchanan and Woodsfield Presbyterian churches.
Light refreshments will be served. If you are unable to attend
and would like to share a story with us, you can e-mail Rev.
Susan Lehosky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Buchanan of Scotch descent and wife Mary Ann (Stewart)
Buchanan moved to Monroe County March 23, 1823 and lived out
their lives on the land they had settled. William helped
organize the Presbyterian Church, a school in the area and was a
Others who helped organize the church in 1826 were William and
Mary Ann Buchanan, Robert and Eliza-beth Smith, William and
Rebecca Pickens, Robert and Mary G. Cooper, James and Jane
Graham, James and Mary Kennedy, Archibald and Lydia (Wilson)
Cooper, Robert Smythe Jr. and wife Mary, William and Elizabeth
Jan. 29, 1835 - William and Mary Buchanan deeded land to William
Pickens, James Kennedy and Robert Smythe Jr. trustees of
Woodsfield Presbyterian Church. This land is now
Cemetery. In 1837 a log
church was built on this land and dedicated in July of 1838. In
1844 Rev. William Collage was installed as pastor. At this time
the two ruling elders were Robert Smythe Jr. and Robert Davis.
On Sept. 27, 1843 there were 75 members.
Due to the distance and mode of travel, several members living
in the Woodsfield area asked to be released by Presbytery. On
July 30, 1850 the following 13 members: Nicholas Roth, Mary
Roth, William Craig, Elizabeth Craig, John Kerr, Jeannette Kerr,
Jedidiah Fleming, Hannah Fleming, William C. Kirkwood, Jane
Kirkwood, Robert Davis, Ruth Davis and Margaret Ann Patton
withdrew from the Woodsfield congregation. On Aug. 3, 1850, the East Woodsfield
Church was organized by
Rev. John Hattery and
Rev. John I. Lane. The congregation
consisted of the above members as well as William and Rebecca
Robinson from Washington Church
and Mary Hattery. The elders were: Robert Davis, William C.
Kirkland and Jedidiah G. Fleming. They bought a church from the Methodist Protestant
Church which was 36x40x12
ft. It stood at the corner of Church and Paul Streets where the
brick church now stands.
Mother church was still known as Woodsfield, but
in 1863 assumed the name of Buchanan in honor of William
Buchanan who donated the land in 1835.
was then known as Woodsfield Presbyterian Church. Since they are
situated so close together, the two churches have shared the
In 1855 a new frame church was built on a site just inside the
fence in what is now
Buchanan Cemetery. William Buchanan gave the bell
for this frame church. (It was returned to the Buchanan family
in 1914 and was in the possession of Helen (Buchanan) Burkhart.
In the summer of 1880 the church was repaired by Andrew
Christman for $163.
Under the pastorate of Rev. R.L. Ryall a Buchanan Congregational
meeting was held on Aug. 16, 1913 and a building committee was
appointed to select a site and contract for building a new
church. The land for the present church was donated by church
members David and Mary (McCammon) Stimpert. The land for the
parking lot was donated by William and Minnie (Buchanan) Polen,
also members of the church. The work started in the fall of 1913
and completed in the summer of 1914. Some of the builders were:
William Covey (stone mason), carpenters - William Polen and Wert
Smith. The lumber from Burghbacher Lumber Co., Woodsfield. The
window frames by Lewis Stoehr, Woodsfield. Marion Fisher helped
hang the bell using block and tackle with his team of horses.
Many church members assisted.
The dedication of the church was held Sept. 20, 1914. The sermon
was delivered by Rev. K.P. Simmons of Beallsville. The
dedication address by Rev. E. Seybald, Woodsfield. The church
was filled to over flowing with many people standing on the
The manse at 213
was purchased April 24, 1921 at the cost of $5,000. Rev. and
Mrs. John J. Strodes were the first to live there and later was
sold to Rev. Boyd S. Burd and his wife.
Rosa L. (Weber) Fisher and Rachel (Murphy) Greenbank were the
first women elected elders of
Church, May 8, 1932. Rosa
Fisher was also pianist for many years. Mabel Steele was pianist
and played the organ for over 65 years.
In 1940 the Presbytery at St. Clairsville considered closing
three churches Jerusalem, Beallsville and
Laings. Instead the churches asked for Pastoral Care. They
delegated Rev. Robert McIntire to serve these churches plus
Buchanan and Woodsfield. Later New Matamoras was added. He
organized these churches into a yoked parish. The name chosen
was “Parish of the Folded hills.” They were supplied by several
student ministers the next few years. The Rev. McIntires served
as missionaries in Brazil for 23 years before returning to the USA to work
The 125th year anniversary of
Church was held Sept. 16,
1951 with Benjamin Woodruff giving the morning message. At noon
a basket dinner was enjoyed by nearly 100 people. The afternoon
meeting was led by Dr. L.S. Evans of
Cambridge. A set of flags given by Mr.
and Mrs. Lawrence Foehrenbach and presented by his parents
Walter and Lulu Foehrenbach were given to the church. There were
23 descendants of William Buchanan present. They gave a large
pulpit Bible to the church. Miss Loretta Buchanan and Myron
Cline gave speeches while presenting the Bible in memory of the
On Oct. 5, 1958 a special church service was held to honor seven
members who had 50 or more years of continuous service. Rev.
Lane McCammon honored Cora Egger, John H. Weber, David Weber,
Clara Weber, Rose Fisher, Katie Weber and Lulu Foehrenbach.
A new manse was purchased at
108 Adams Ave. in 1977. Rev. Stephen
Long, wife Linda and children were the first to live there. Dr.
Stephen Long was pastor from 1977-1986 and was named “One of the
Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1980.
The congregation continued to have maintenance to the building
done with a new shingle roof, vinyl siding, new porch and steps
in the rear of the church and new awning over the steps in the
front of the church.
celebrated the 170th anniversary June 23, 1996 conducted by Rev.
Colleen Finlay and Rev. Dr. Stephen Long had the sermon message.
Former pastor Rev. and Mrs. Warren McCready attended. The church
was full, many people standing in the back. A picnic followed at
The Buchanan and Woodsfield churches continue to be a yoked
parish sharing many services and activities together.
The membership of
Church from 1826 until
2010 is 482 members. The present church building has been a
landmark on SR 78, Lewisville-Woodsfield Road
for 96 years. It is sometimes called the “Halfway Church”.
will celebrate the journey of 184 years (1826-2010) with a
special service, Sun., Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. to honor those
faithful members who still continue to worship as part of the
Church family. The service
will be led by our current pastor Rev. Susan Lehosky who has
been with us from Nov. 13, 2005 until now. The public is welcome
to attend this service.
Buchanan Presbyterian Church will hold its last worship service
Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m.
A Youth Soccer Clinic is scheduled for Sept. 18. Monroe Central
soccer coaching staff and players will host the clinic, which
will be followed by three Saturdays of instruction and scrimmage
games for youth, ages six to 14. Shown with Monroe Central
coaches Mike Jones and Joel Kachel are youth soccer players
Tyler Zimmer, Maddie Craig and Dustin Landefeld.
Youth Soccer Clinic Sept.
In an effort to continue the Youth Soccer program, a clinic and
three Saturdays of instruction and scrimmage are scheduled. The
clinic will be held Sat., Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Monroe Central Goalkeepers Boosters and the coaching staff
are working to reorganize the Monroe County Youth Soccer
program. The sign-up for the clinic will be Mon., Sept. 13 at
6:30 p.m. in the Woodsfield Elementary Cafeteria. The evening
will need zimmer boys first namestart with an organizational
meeting for the youth soccer with election of officers or
committee members, followed by sign-up.
“I have been involved in
County soccer from the
beginning,” said Monroe Central head soccer coach Joel Kachel.
“When the late Jeff Woodell decided to take his daughter to
Barnesville to play soccer, my family and I decided to join him.
Soon after Jeff started the Monroe County Youth Soccer program.
Once again my family and I joined Jeff and began coaching and
helping in any way possible. I have thoroughly enjoyed the youth
program and feel that it is vital for the program to continue.
Over the years, I have had many parents and children come to me
with thanks and appreciation for the soccer program and told me
how it has affected his or her life.
“In that spirit we must continue the Monroe County Youth Soccer
Program,” continued Kachel. The Monroe Central soccer coaches
and team members will volunteer during this one-day camp and the
following three Saturday games. Our goal is to provide a solid
curriculum for the new coaches and support to the returning
coaches. We will also assist in the instruction and provide
support at the child athlete level.”
“The soccer program has been a wonderful addition to the youth
sports options for our county,” said Vicki Digity, a member of
the Monroe Central Goalkeepers Boosters and a soccer mom. “We
want to continue and add to this program. It is our goal to have
the youth soccer change to a spring competitive season with the
older teams having a travel schedule. By making the youth soccer
more competitive, we hope to attract more athletes, and also to
have the players better prepared for high school competition.
Anyone with questions can contact MC Goalkeepers Boosters by
“Please don’t let this young legacy end. We ask that you
continue to support the program and provide an environment for
it to grow and prosper,” concluded Kachel.
The Wetzel County, W.Va. Air Evac Lifeteam crew recently hosted
a helicopter safety and landing zone class for members of the
Graysville and Community VFD, along with members of the
Bethel-Graysville Emergency Squad. Members of the department are
shown above with Air Evac Lifeteam crew members Gavin Morris
(pilot), flight nurse Jennifer Francis and flight paramedic
Lifeteam Crew Hosts Safety Class
Wetzel County, West Va. Air Evac Lifeteam air
ambulance crew recently held a helicopter safety and landing
zone class for the Graysville and Community VFD, along with the
members of the Bethel-Graysville Emergency Squad in Graysville.
The class included instruction on interacting safely with
helicopters, selecting landing zone sites, guiding the
helicopter to the ground and patient loading.
“This class gave us a perfect opportunity to educate these
individuals about what Air Evac does and how we work with other
responders at the scenes of medical emergencies,” explained
flight paramedic Jason Milton. “Landing zone classes are very
important because we want everyone involved in an emergency
response to be safe around the helicopter.
“By demonstrating and explaining how the helicopter operates, we
lessen fears and heighten awareness, which allows us to make
flights directly to the scenes of medical emergencies,
decreasing the amount of time it takes for people to receive
critical, life-saving care,” added Pilot Gavin Morris. Morris
explained to the group the considerations involved in choosing a
safe arrival path.
“Since Air Evac moved our base of operations to
County in March, the time to get a
medical helicopter on the ground in Graysville and the
surrounding communities has been greatly reduced,” stated
Bradley Troy, Program Director of the Wetzel
base.”When requested, we can assist local
providers in continuing the quality care they provide by quickly
transporting their patients to the most appropriate medical
“It was great to see the public out and inspect the helicopter
during this training,”
added. “We are a community based air medical program and want to
be part of the communities we serve.”
and MedFlight of Columbus hosted a continuing education class on
farm accident rescue and treatment during the Monroe County
Fair. This simulated farm accident demonstrated the extrication
of a tractor accident victim. Many of Monroe
fire and emergency squad members attended the training despite
the 90 degree temperatures.
Training Class Held at
While most people were enjoying the Monroe County Fair, local
fire and emergency personnel were attending a continuing
education class on farm accident rescue and treatment. The class
was hosted by Barnesville Hospital
and MedFlight of Columbus.
Agriculture is among the most hazardous occupations. It is,
perhaps, the only industry where eight-year-olds and
80-year-olds work in the same profession, side by side,
operating large pieces of equipment. Farm accidents claim many
lives each year throughout the country and can be a tremendous
challenge to emergency responders for many reasons. The accident
may not be discovered and reported immediately, and the farm may
be remotely located and have poor access for emergency services.
The resulting delayed response times may mean a poor victim
class included basic trauma theory, farm equipment extrication
demonstration and EMS squad practice extrications, noted Peggy
Douglas, of Barnesville Hospital.
Around the Burnside
You should never complain how the ball bounces, if you’re the
one who dropped it.
is a country where people in all walks of life prefer to ride.
Hot enough for you? No, not nearly. A mild winter? Some say yes.
I’ve had someone tell me it’s hotter than you know where. I
sometimes wonder how they know the temperature where they are
talking about. I understand it’s a bit more than 90 degrees.
However, regardless of what weather we have some of us will be
complaining about it. I will admit I dislike cold and hot
weather and I’m not too crazy about storms as we had a while
The fair is over, school has started and the school buses are
running. I like to wave as they pass by our house but I don’t
get a chance very many mornings.
I recently read a week or so ago how a school was making a big
thing of having a camera in each of their buses. Didn’t need a
camera on the bus I rode each day to school. “Grumpy,” our name
for our bus driver, just put on the brakes, opened the door and
said “walk.” You know it’s a funny thing, I don’t remember
anyone being put off the bus on our way to school. Several got
the boot on the way home. There were times you could make it
home before the bus pulled in. They caught a ride with someone.
You won’t believe it but two or three of us rode our bikes to
school and almost beat the bus. It was a different story coming
home. Twelve miles and hills going up slowed our timing.
I thought the fair had an excellent midway rides this year. I
walked by and watched several times although this part of the
fair has little interest for me.
Even when I was young, attending and a part of the fair I didn't
hit the rides. First of all, I dislike heights, so the
ferriswheel was out. Plus I didn't have the money to ride, so it
didn’t bother me much.
I did notice one thing this year I hadn’t seen. It was what I’ll
call a large plastic balloon that you were zipped inside. It was
on a pool of water and you could crawl around and move the
balloon. It did look like fun, but I ignored the temptation to
roll around in one.
I read last week a reader was suggesting a picture of those of
us who write articles on a regular basis have a picture
included. I’ve also wondered why. I see the sports writers, who
are doing an excellent job, get their picture included. Just
kidding. I really don’t know why anyone would want to look at my
picture every week. I do have a picture, taken in Hawaii; I doubt if they would want to include
it. I was dressed up as a Hula Dancer. This was in my more
Do you ever eat out? Perhaps you know and I think I’ve mentioned
it before. If you haven’t eaten there before, I would recommend
the Beallsville Diner. It is much different than a regular
restaurant. With all the pictures everywhere it takes you back
to the history of the area. I even saw a picture of a school bus
almost like the one we rode to school. How many of you remember
the buses that had one seat down each side and two seats back to
back down the center? Slam on the brakes and you slid toward the
front. Your legs down the bus was almost a zipper of legs. If I
remember, girls on one side, boys on the other.
I got a little off the track there. The Beallsville Diner has a
complete menu even advertising fried okra in front. I passed on
the okra. The prices are reasonable and a friendly place to eat.
Don’t drive out there on Sunday as they are not open on Sunday.
I kind of like this as I remember when there was nothing open on
Sunday. We went to Sunday School and church, ate dinner and had
the rest of the day to do what we pleased until it was time to
milk in the evening. Sometimes we just sat on the big rock at
the edge of town and watched the cars go by once in a while.
I read with interest the article last week regarding the
situation of the building projects of the Switzerland of Ohio
School District. If you didn’t read the complete article you
should get the paper out and read it.
To me this was the facts. Some might consider it excuses but few
of us understand how involved this project really is. You just
can’t haul in block and start building. When the State gets
involved, hold on to your hat.
I kind of think it would be nice if we had a little blurb in the
Beacon on a regular basis regarding the situation of the
building program. Many of us have played the game where a
message is passed from one to another. When it gets to the end
it’s never what was started. I think this happens to our school
system and building program. Sports are doing it.
Many churches are changing from summer hours; now’s your chance.
A dime is still good for something; it makes a handy
The National Council on Aging has declared September National
Senior Center Month. In Monroe
Senior Center provides a wide variety of
services, programs and activities - it’s a great place to
connect with others.
The Area Agency on Aging 8 and its eight county Councils on
Aging are joining communities nationwide in celebrating this
month and the special services that Senior Centers provide.
Older Americans are living longer and are more active than ever
before. And with the aging of the baby boomers generation - the
largest in our nation’s history - America’s senior
population is expected to number 71.5 million by 2030.
The annual celebration of Senior Center Month is our opportunity
to recognize the contributions of these community centers in
providing services and supports that empower the elderly. They
provide programs that improve health awareness, offer food and
nutrition services, transportation services, sponsor social
activities and engage seniors in community involvement.
To find out more about The Monroe County Senior Center, call
740-472-1312 or stop by for a visit this month and all year
County Council on Aging, President and Member of the Area Agency
on Aging 8 (AAA8) Regional Advisory Council
It is good that some folks are concerned about the Agriculture
Mechanics program at Swiss Hills as indicated by a recent letter
to the editor of the Monroe County Beacon.
However, there were some things in the letter which are not true
or need further explanation.
Vocational Agriculture was started in the 1900s for farm boys
and FFA, known at that time as Future Farmers of America, was
organized and continues as an important part of the Agriculture
In several of the specialized areas of Agriculture Education
such as, Agriculture Science, Mechanics, Small Engines, farm
management, horticulture and others require or maybe are allowed
extended days to carry out FFA activities, visit students,
attend FFA camp and other FFA activities outside of classroom
time and during the summer.
Nate was given 15 days extended time to carry out these FFA and
class activities. He has to report what he does on these
extended days. The school district in no way pays for any of his
required school ing. One close by Agriculture Science Teacher
gets 60 days extended time.
Another question was the qualification for teaching Agriculture
Mechanics. The state sets the standards for teachers. During the
year of only Vocational Agriculture in the high school a degree
in Agriculture Education was required. With the development of
Vocational Schools, now known as Career Centers, things changed.
The more specialized fields offered in these schools required
teachers who had experience in the field rather than a college
degree. The standards for education were set. Many, in fact,
most of the teachers in what we call the shop area do not have a
college education except the state class requirement. Failure to
complete the class requirement meant out the door.
Nate is qualified to teach Agriculture Mechanics. Regardless if
you agree or disagree with the decision to hire him, if you did
not sit in with those making the choice, it is more or less a
True we have watched the Agriculture Mechanics and FFA program
go from excellent to nothing due to poor choices the last couple
of years. We need to put this in the past and look toward the
As far as relationship to other teachers, here again it’s a
matter of opinion. I think you will find in counties such as
Monroe, schools tend to have a number of
relatives teaching in the same system.
Very few Agriculture classrooms, in the state, have as many
banners and awards from District, State and even National
contests than does the room at Swiss Hills. This can come back
again if students are given the opportunity.
Nate will be required to attend class the next two or three
years at his own expense, has an experienced Agriculture
Mechanics retired teacher as a mentor, another offering help, if
needed, and a State Supervisor visiting to share experiences. It
won’t happen overnight, but with help, the Swiss Hills FFA,
Agriculture Mechanics, will be back on track again.
Agriculture Mechanics Instructor Retired
VIRGIL FARNSWORTH, SR
Virgil Clayton Farnsworth, Sr., 89,
S.C., died Aug. 31, 2010 at
Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. He was born Aug. 26, 1921, a
son of the late John Samuel and Dessie Morris Farnsworth of Spartanburg.
He was a truck driver for 23 years and was a member of South Spartanburg
where he was a former Deacon and served on the Finance
Surviving are two sons, David (Susan) Farnsworth of Homeworth,
Michael Farnsworth of Inman; daughter, Barbara (Karl) Austin of
Pauline, S.C.; three grandchildren, Kelly Ehrlinspiel of
Wooster, Esther Austin of Virginia Beach, Va., Karl
Austin, Jr. of Inman; a sister, Evelyn Price of Massillon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Carnes Farnsworth;
and a son, Virgil C. Farnsworth, Jr.
Friends were received Sept. 4 until time of services at Brubach-Watters
Funeral Home, Summerfield. Burial followed in
Memorial contributions may be made to Spartanburg Regional
Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Dr., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
ALMA C. MILLER
Alma C. Miller, 92,
150 Browns Rd.,
Marietta, formerly of Sycamore Valley, died Sept. 6, 2010 at the Harmer Place,
Marietta. She was born Feb. 12, 1918 at
Valley, a daughter of the
late Henry and Laura Nalley Hercher.
She was a homemaker and was a Protestant by faith. She was a 60
year member of the Order of Eastern Star, mostly recently of
Lodge #584, Lebanon. She was
a member of the Bethel Senior Citizens and a member of the Elk
Grange, Harriettsville. She enjoyed piecing quilts, country
music and her pets.
Surviving are three sisters, Clara Kehl of Logan, Ruby Heft of
Lewisville, Eileen Lantz of Whipple; a brother, Elmer (Myrtle)
Hercher of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; several nephews,
nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and great-great-nieces and
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Floyd Miller; and two brothers, Ralph and Clessen
Friends will be received Sept. 8, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at
Watters Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Sept.
9, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gale Lauderman officiating. Burial will
follow in the Creighton
near Sycamore Valley.
Eastern Star services will be held Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Community Center, c/o Irene Clift,
31001 Little Injun Rd., Lower
Salem, OH 45645.
HELEN G. RAY
Helen Gertrude Thomas Ray, 78,
Canton, died Sept. 6, 2010.
Friends will be received Sept. 8, from 6 - 8 p.m. and one hour
before services at Arnold Funeral Home,
Canton, where funeral services will be
held at Sept. 9, at 2 p.m.