TEN YEARS AGO - 1999

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 14 at the David Barber Civic Center here regarding toll-free calling between Newcomerstown and the Dover-New Philadelphia area.

Howard Caldwell, 50-year Grange member and former resident of Newcomerstown, named to Ohio State Grange Hall of Fame.

Coach Ben Bradley's Trojan wrestlers defeated Beallsville 42-35; Caldwell 39-34; and Tuscarawas Central Catholic 63-12 with pins by Trojans Paul Bourne, Tim Everhart, Andy Campbell, Aaron Holdsworth, DJ Grewell, Guy Stull and Gene Moore.

Deaths: Edgar D. Schlarb, 72; Dorothy R. Baker, 90; John M. Stover, 89.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1989

Several area residents and skywatchers across the state reported "mysterious" lights and sightings in the sky. Investigations were being conducted at several agencies including the Newcomerstown Fire Dept., the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the Division of Forestry, meteorologists and geologists.

Anthony Lenzo elected president of Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce.

Area basketball: Trojans lost to Hiland 65-55; Ridgewood defeated Strasburg 70-56 and Lakeland 75-53; Indian Valley Braves won 71-40 over Canton Heritage Christian and 68-49 over Zanesville Rosecrans, but lost to Mansfield St. Peter's 84-71.

Mr. and Mrs. Francis (Eunice) Cross, Newcomerstown, observing 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 14.

Deaths: Frederic M. Zimmer, 87; Horace J. Jackson, 70; Mabel E. Gross, 89.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1979

Amanda Sue Hines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Hines, Kimbolton R.D. 2 (Birmingham), born Jan. 3, first baby of 1979 in Guernsey County.

Local area basketball: Trojans over Indian Valley North 64-56; Ridgewood won 59-53 over Garaway and lost 51-48 to Coshocton; Indian Valley South won 59-36 over Hiland and 65-41 against Fort Frye.

Newcomerstown posted its third dual meet wrestling victory in four outings with a 44-32 decision at Shenandoah. Winning Trojans were Brad Nolan, Richard Varner, Joe Poorman, Alan MacKinnon, Brent Baker, Van Brown and Gary Scarbrough.

Ron McPeek elected president of Indian Valley Board of Education.

Married: Tammy Marie Taylor and James F. Gray, Dec. 9; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Cross, Newcomerstown, 40th anniversary.

Deaths: Francis A. Bethel, 82; Mrs. Ethel M. Etter, 92; Mrs. C. Ray (Hazel) Hogue, 89; Larry R. McCoy, 38; Lewis D. Powell, 75; Luella Cake, 80; Bernice M. Dorsey, 74.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1969

Plans displayed for 1,650 seat amphitheatre to be built overlooking Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University, New Philadelphia. Opening day set for June 26, 1970, for showing of Paul Green's "Trumpet in the Land."

Carl Krebs Jr. elected president of Newcomerstown Board of Education.

Airman FC Jeffrey L. Funk received the Air Force Commendation Medal in Vietnam. Major Richard Baker awarded Bronze Star for service in Vietnam.

Council approved municipal budget of $271,696.12, up 15-percent from 1968.

Trojans defeat Indian Valley South Rebels 61-47, lost to Hiland 59-51.

Deaths: Floyd W. McCormick, 68; Grover C. Williams, 80; Mrs. Thomas A. Ripley, 60; Lyle H. Hanna, 58; Emma O. Johnson, 82; Mrs. Allen Loveless, 88.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1959

New medical building opened by Dr. W.R. Agricola at 232 Cross St.

Council okays automatic railroad crossing gates.

Curtis A. Judy storage barn burns for a loss at $50,000.

Homer Arth elected president of Tuscarawas Soil Conservation District.

Mayor's salary changed from $4,200 to $3,600, and a new position of secretary is created.

Keith Heston and Connie Dichler crowned King and Queen at Christmas party and dance at Port Washington High School.

Miss Nelva Joy Foust and David Ruckman married.

Deaths: Grace DeVault, 76; Orville McCants, 68; Margaret Murphy, 98; Norman Hill; Austin Mulvane.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1949

Earl Titus elected president of local board of education.

Trojans win from Carrollton 51-50 in overtime.

Fire loss in Newcomerstown for 1948 is $3,605, lowest in years.

Arthur C. Heller of Newark, N.J., elected president of the Heller company. Leo S. Heller named vice president.

Farmers Institute held at Buckhorn Grange.

Frank C. Hudson, 42, dies.

Married: Miss Wanda Mae Foraker and Donald McLaughlin; Miss Dawnie Ruth Hammersley and Gene Chaney.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1939

Military rites held for Warner Laub, World War I veteran who died in Chicago enroute home from Arizona.

The Muskingum District calls for first payment of flood tax.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1929

Mrs. D.F. Davis and Mrs. C.E. Ashelman entertain party of 45 with dinner at Gateway.

Deaths: Daniel Lamb, 23; John Porcher, 43.

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1919

Mrs. Charles Ray, Mrs. D.F. Eagon, Vernon Schlupp and George Rennard die of influenza.

Miss Lucille Beeks accepts stenographer position with Dept. of Interior at Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Yingling and daughter, Almena leave for Petersburg, Fla., where he will play a winter engagement with the Scotch Highlanders band.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1909

Miss Nellie Grandstaff and John Wilson married at bride's home in Birds Run.

Harvey Dull butchers a 590 pound hog.

Peter Heinrich and daughter, Nellie leave for extended visit with relatives in Oregon.

L.H. Ross sells grocery stock to his brother at Bellaire.