TEN YEARS AGO - 2001
Ohio Municipal League attorney John Gotherman was in Newcomerstown to attend a Village Charter informational meeting.
W.M. Brode Company of Newcomerstown submitted the lowest bids and was awarded contracts for Phase I - Summer 2001 Construction work at West Elementary, Newcomerstown Middle School and Newcomerstown High School.
Tami Hardesty, special education teacher at Newcomerstown West School, awarded Outstanding Educator Award by East Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resources Center.
Married: Mr. and Mrs. George W. (Elizabeth) Zimmer, West Lafayette, 60th anniversary, June 28.
Deaths: Jesse E. Butler Jr., 47; Bud A. Malterer, 67; Charles "Bud" Oyler, 66.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1991
Tom Mason namedfire chief of Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad Inc., succeeding Tom Sauerbrey, who resigned.
Eastern District Track and Cross Country Coaches' All-Star team selections were: Trojans Delon Jackson, Keno Jackson, Travis Pollock, Mike Eikleberry and Jason Miller; Ridgewood Generals Mike Bahmer, Todd Shumacher, Brian Williams and Ryan Bible; Indian Valley Braves Steve Carlisle and Chuck Moore.
Geoff Abbuhl, son of Goldie and Gary Abbuhl, Newcomerstown, designed and erected a monument at Cy Young Park honoring Desert Storm veterans for his Eagle Scout project, His brother, J.R. Abbuhl was in the U.S. Air Force serving in Desert Storm.
Deaths: Paul M. Rehard, 73; Auta M. Shivers, 93.
THIRTY YEARS AGO -1981
FBI agents were searching for bodies in the Guernsey area as part of a narcotics investigation being conducted out of Cleveland.
Newcomerstown's native son, Shannon Rodgers and his fashion partner, Jerry Silverman took part in the third annual fashion show "Masterpieces of Design" at Kent State University, Kent. Costumes featured were worn by stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Cher, and Grace Kelly. Designers Bill Blass, Oscar de La Renta, and Halston were shown.
"Stir Crazy" starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor was the comedy movie of the week at local Starlite Drive-In theatre.
Cherie West, 15, was queen of West Lafayette Homecoming with attendants Stacy Lusk and Kay McCoy, both 16. Patty Overholt, 11, was junior queen, and Kathy Brown, mini queen.
Married: Joyce Smith and James E. Brandon, June 12; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rotruck, Newcomerstown, 45th anniversary July 4; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Braniger, Kimbolton, 50th anniversary; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kennedy, Kimbolton, 25th anniversary.
Deaths: Mrs. John (Loverna) Norris, 85; Betty Newton, 61; Mrs. John (Dessie) Haught, 91; Troy Anderson Sr., 47.
FORTY YEARS AGO -1971
Newcomerstown area hit by severe storm causing power outage and 1.15-inch rainfall. Local firemen set-up their portable power equipment after lightning struck a number of transformer fuses on the Ohio Power line, leaving the Municipal Building without power.
Sheriff A.J. Young issued a warning-reminder of the fireworks ban in Ohio except for group fireworks displays.
H & R Block opens tax service office in Newcomerstown.
Frank Sherry promoted to plant manager of local General Tire & Rubber Co. plant.
Married: Robin Rice and Robert Hefner; Mary J. West and Larry L. Carney; Susan Hadley and Parker Beebe; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gracik, Elmhurst, Ill., formerly of Newcomerstown, silver anniversary.
Deaths: Ralph G. Walkenspaw, 67; Harold J. Thompson, 69; J. Ervin McAllister, 64; Sigel M. John, 77; Ina Mae Rice, 73; Dexter Murphy, 73; David W. Hickenbottom, 94; L. Arthur Carruthers, 73.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1961
Estimated crowd of 3,000 attended fireworks at the Athletic Field.
Rev. and Mrs. Edwin Prophet welcomed as new pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
Rev. W.D. Wenger is new pastor of Fry's Valley Port Washington parish.
Council approves storm sewer for Spaulding Ave.
Married: Lois J. Robertson and Roger N. Belt; Barbara J. Chamberlin and James E. Saylor.
Deaths: John Ricketts, 53; Mrs. Glenn Cornell, 59; Stratton Zafires.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1951
Rev. G.C. Cornell of Trinity Methodist Church, assigned to pastorate of church at Frederickstown, Ohio. Rev. Flolyd Eckert, pastor there, will come to Trinity.
3,800 swimmers use park pool in June.
Village issues final $5,000 in notes for Cross St. improvements.
John Ray Smith installed as president of local Jaycees.
Atty. Vernon Lee opens law office at New Philadelphia.
Deaths: Mrs. James Montgomery, 72; Mrs. Maude Wilson, 76; Bert Loader, 71; Mrs. Anna Belt, 65.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1941
Greyhound to establish new Post House here.
Hottest day of year recorded with temperature of 96 degrees.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1931
Boy Scout fund totals $625.
Hal Wallace, Senecaville, killed when struck by truck while sitting on fence.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1921
Rev. C.F. Powers assigned to St. Francis de Sales Church.
Warner D. Beers seriously injured in auto wreck.
George Opphile dies of injuries received from fall off porch.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1911
Mrs. Effie Rippeth and John Jones married at MP parsonage by Rev. Lafayette Bowman.
Mrs. Theodore Crater fractures leg in fall at home of her son, Roy in Columbus.
Mrs. Hannah Starker seriously injured when motorcycle crashes into her buggy.