TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

Elementary school students were to be part of the Newcomerstown High School Thespians production of "The Wizard of Oz." Elementary students were to portray the Munchkins.

Sharon (Ott) Jones was born in 1960 but is only celebrating her 12th birthday as she was a Leap Year baby, born on Feb. 29 in 1960.

Newcomerstown Village Council heard an update about capping the former landfill site. Mayor Steve Guy reported on a meeting he attended about expanding the highway between Newark and Newcomerstown.

Ridgewood High School junior Dustin Patterson is pictured on a tractor he drove to school as part of National FFA Week.

Deaths: Clyde F. Tufford, 87, Port Washington; Kenneth Warren Duhamel, 79, Newcomerstown; Carlton L. Hudson, 85, Port Washington; Miriam J. Miller, 63, Middletown; Margaret Patricia Pugh, 74, Newcomerstown; Harry Albert Bliss, 90, Newcomerstown.

The Newcomerstown Lions Club planned their monthly breakfast buffet for March 1.

Former Newcomerstown Mayor Wayne "Packy" McFarland was honored with an honorary membership to the Newcomerstown Rotary Club.

Girls District 5 All-Stars in Division III included: DSteffinee Powers, Jr., Ridgewood, first team; Mandy McNorman, Jr., Ridgewood, second team; Kacy Bond, Jr., Indian Valley, honorable mention; Ashley Patterson, Jr., Ridgewood, honorable mention. Division IV all-stars included: Steph Felton, Fr., Newcomerstown, honorable mention.

Eastern District All-Stars for the boys included: J.C. Rine, Newcomerstown, Div. III honorable mention; Brian Gasser, Indian Valley, Div. III first team; Tyler McCullough, Ridgewood, Div. III third team.

Gladys Hinds was instructor for a Quilting Bees class at the Newcomerstown Public Library.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998

Air Force Staff Sergeant Gary "JR" Abbuhl Jr and his younger brother, senior Airman Geoffrey Abbuhl, sons of Goldie and Gary Abbuhl, Newcomerstown, and graduates of Newcomerstown High School, were serving in different locations in the Middle East as part of President Clinton’s show of force against Iraq’s refusal to cooperate with United Nations inspectors charged with dismantling Saddam Hussein’s biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Ridgewood wrestling team won the Inter Valley Conference title; Newcomerstown finished third. Ridgewood’s weight  class champs included Derron Miller, Lincoln Humphrey, Luke McGarvey, Fred Angle, Justin Brierly, Jeff Bradford and Ray Border.

Area basketball: Robert James and Ryan Hendershot combined for 51 points in Trojans 81-67 win over Lakeland; Trojans lost 76-60 to Strasburg; Ridgewood defeated Garaway 61-55 and Tuscarawas Central Catholic 74-36; Indian Valley Braves lost  to Coshocton 52-47, but won over Carrollton 43-42 as Brave Scott Smith scored 16 points including the winning basket in final seconds.

Deaths: Claire Mae Gross, 86; Robert L. Wearsch, 87; Herbert Fogle, 54; Ora M. Stocker, 102; Martha I. Bonnell, 82; Walton W. Wilde, 84.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Newcomerstown Community Improvement Committee announced taking an option on 133 acres just east of Newcomerstown for development of an industrial park.

Mandy McFadden won Newcomerstown Middle School spelling bee.

Tricia Stewart won Port Washington School spelling bee for third consecutive year.

Basketball sectionals: Indian Valley South defeated Strasburg 75-44 to advance to district; Newcomerstown lost to Frontier 74-60; Ridgewood lost to Shenandoah 66-57.

Married: Pamela Jean Cheney and Steven Ray Douglass, Nov. 21; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford L. (Mary) Heston, Old 21 Rd., Kimbolton, 25th anniversary, March 2.

Deaths: Vernon Greathouse Jr., 66; Clara Bradshaw, 73; Orella M. Thornton, 91; Bessie Schumacher, 97; Dale Swegheimer, 71.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO -1978

Robert Snader named administrator of new Riverside Manor health care facility in Newcomerstown.

Rev. John F. Little of Newcomerstown, well-known missionary, lecturer and presiding elder of Scranton District of Pittsburgh Conference of African Methodist Episcopal Church, speaker for fifth community Lenten service at local First Presbyterian Church.

Science Fair held at NHS with "Best of Show" honors awarded to Chris Clantz of the middle school and Pam Walters, high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Ermil Rice, Columbus, formerly of Newcomerstown, observing 50th wedding anniversary March 15.

Deaths: Wilma G. Couts, 72; Lester L. Nave, 74; Thomas F. Sieber; Matthew Felton, infant son of Kenneth and Debra Stewart Felton.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

Newcomerstown Historical Society to use school annex just off W. State St. for museum.

Jessie Trotter, NHS junior, winner of local talent show.

Coach Dick Gummere’s Trojans defeated Dennison St. Mary’s for first basketball tournament victory in 18 years; lost to Garaway 63-53 in Class A sectionals at Dover.

Homer P. Arth., Port Washington, named director of Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau Cooperative Assn. for three year term.

Married: Doris Jean Sharrock and John Aldergate; Carol Miller and Ray A. Klempp; Mr. and Mrs. William Rust, golden wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Mrs. Eva Sponseller, 95; Wilbur Maloy, 80; Ray Haver, 83; Jack Shurtz, 42; Charles A. Draher, 90; Lydia E. Neiderhiser, 78; Bessie Ludwg, 82; Ruth Richmond; Robert Rausch, 76; Edna M. Wallace, 78; Nola Murphy, 82; Mrs. Dulcie Zee Reidenbach; Mabel Jackson, 75; Jack Morgan.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958

Mrs. E.B. Chapman receives Golden Sheaf pin for 50 years service as Buckhorn Grange member.

Mrs. Clarence Walkenspaw elected president of World Day of Prayer.

Deaths: John Norris; Mrs. Michael J. Gombar, 73; Ray Best; Mrs. Herman Riggs.

Married: Miss Barbara Hoffman and Earl Patterson; Miss Mary Kay Ackerman and Robert M. Rennard; Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Reifenschneider, R.D. 1, 40th anniversary.

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO -1948

Spring-like weather here after coldest wave in six years.

Trojans season record 6-13.

March of Dimes collection totals $972.04.

Deaths: Mrs. Reuben Summers, 65; Mrs. Lydia Lieser, 89; William Blind, 75.

Married: Miss Clarice Stalter and Donald Laflin; Miss Gwendolyn Bladwell and Joseph M. Miller; Miss Grace Chapmen and John Harding.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Council approves WPA project for storm sewer and street resurfacing.

New post office opening draws crowd of 1500.

New Foursquare Gospel Church dedicated.

Announcement made of dedication of American Legion home on March 19.

Board of Education approves $82,003 appropriations.

Lottie Rector, 16, dies of pneumonia.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO -1928

Raymond F. Lehman, 12, dies of injuries received when struck by car while he was costing.

Bandits hold up Kroger store manager.

Deaths: George W. Pace, retired merchant; James Ragan Mulvane, 91.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

The E.D. Neikerk Co. of Ravenna to open store here.

Henry Lieser, 65, prominent show merchant, dies after long illness.

Grandfather Shank, Goodrich St., celebrates 95yh birthday.

 

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO

James B. Clow plant reduces wages 10 to 20 percent.

The Murphy Brothers sell Kandy Kitchen to Clinton Hartline.

Business payroll of Newcomerstown reported about $400,000.

Death: Miss Mary Art.