The Belmont Co. Historical Society along with concerned citizens of Barnesville are working together to replace the mural that once hung at the Post Office.
The original mural was painted in 1937 by Michael Sarisky of Cleveland at a cost of $1,296. Over 1300 post office murals were painted to lift peoples spirits during the Great Depression. Sadly, in 1972, the mural was taken down and sent to Zanesville to be restored and cleaned. It has not been seen since. In 1980, it was officially declared lost. The painting was titled "Airmail." Twilla Fisher has been asked to recreate the mural on canvas (13x15). The cost will be $3,500. The Belmont Co. Historical Society has agreed to take care of all donations for the mural project. Any questions can be answered by Gina Pugh or Postmaster Cliff Mayfield. Donations may be sent to BCHS - PO Box 434 - Barnesville, OH 43713. (please indicate Mural Project on the memo line) "
Back in 2010, former Enterprise general manager Bruce Yarnall, followed up with the Post Office federal historic preservation officer Dallan Wordkemper on the whereabouts of the mural following a feature the Depression-ear post office art in the Washington Post.
Wordkemper indicated a black/white image of the mural and two study images were on file at the National Archives. Yarnall purchased an electronic copy that was originally shared with Enterprise readers in the March 10, 2010, edition.