TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

Jeff Jurin, a Newcomerstown native, discussed plans to locate a national title company in the village, if existing real estate laws could be amended. Jurin said the venture would create some 200 jobs if successful. The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce voted to endorse House Bill 3915 in support of Jurin’s plan.

Freezing rain followed by six inches blanketed the Newcomerstown area yet again, closing area schools.

West Lafayette council announced plans to increase water rates by five percent beginning March 1. Mayor Jack Patterson said there had not been a rate increase for "years."

Emma Baker of Newcomerstown celebrated her 101st birthday at Riverside Manor and Rehabilitation Center.

Ashley Pugh, daughter of Glen and Kelly Pugh was the Newcomerstown Elks "Student of the Month."

Deaths: Corle Ruth Hagan, 89. Newcomerstown; Ella Mae Huffman, 83, West Lafayette.

The Ridgewood High School yearbook staff was recognized by Taylor Publishing for accomplishments in yearbook design and coverage.

Inter-Valley Conference winter sport All-Stars included: J.C. Fine, Newcomerstown, second team; Tyler McCullough, Ridgewood, second team; Chase Addy, Newcomerstown, honorable mention; Jared Kreutzer, Ridgewood, honorable mention; Steffinee Powers, Ridgewood, first team; Mindy Mcdormand, Ridgewood, second team; Stef Fenton, Newcomerstown, honorable mention; Ashley Patterson, Ridgewood, honorable mention.

In IVC wrestling, champions from Ridgewood included: Will Allen, Nathan Anderson, Jake Conrad and Jesse Maloy; runners-up included Austin Bates, Coy Bissett, Sam Carpenter.

ECOL basketball all-stars from Indian Valley included: Zach Baker, second team; Joe MacAdam, honorable mention; Kacy Bond, honorable mention.

TWENTY YEARS AGO -1998

Sascha Stein took "Best of Show" honors at Newcomerstown High Science Fair.

Ridgewood school board adopted a 25-year facility plan for the district and would place a bond issue on the May ballot to generate $1.3 million.

10th Annual Bigfoot Conference March 7 in Newcomerstown; Don Keating, local study group chairman.

Rev. Lynn McClain new pastor of First Baptist Church, Port Washington.

Basketball tournaments: in sectional final at Dover, Indian Valley Braves (8-13 on season) won in overtime 63-61 over the Trojans (10-11 on season) defeated Fort Frye 69-57.

Mr. and Mrs. James (Patricia) Friel, Newcomerstown, observing 25th wedding anniversary March 10.

Deaths: George John Thomas, 69; Clarence W. May, 80; Lucy B. Loader, 85; N. Pearl Millward, 83; Russell "Rusty" McCoy, 48.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Ice storm created spectacular scenery but dangerous conditions with several auto accidents and power outages throughout area.

Three families left without homes as Newcomerstown firemen were involved in fighting three fires, including a mutual aid call with Kimbolton firemen at the Dexter Rominger home in Guernsey. Also, fire completely destroyed the Robert and Pat Miller home on Canal Rd., and the mobile home of the Gerald Crofts on Old 21 Rd., destroyed.

Dr. George Tung, family physician in Newcomerstown for several years, leaving to take over practice of an ill friend in California. Family Physicians of Coshocton planned to open satellite office in Dr. Tung’s Bridge St. location.

Married: Betty Jean Shurtz and Glenn Reneker, Feb 14; Mr. and Mrs. Ermil Rice, Columbus, former Newcomerstown residents, 60th anniversary, March 15.

Deaths: Leman D. Clark, 65; Caroline Stull, 48; Alvin L. Groves, 77; Herbert Raymond Arman, 82; Charles E. "Brownie" Brown, 86.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Briar Patch Beagle Club house, Salem Twp. Rd. 217, Newcomerstown, leveled by fire; loss estimated at $20,000.

Trojan wrestlers Rick Wright, Barry Nolan, and Brad Nolan qualified for Class A state wrestling meet at Otterbein College after winning four straight matches at Barnesville district tournament. Craig Collins coached the Trojans.

Indian Valley South won its seventh district crown in eight years with 82-51 win over Shadyside at Steubenville. In semi-finals, the Rebels defeated Malvern 60-32.

Lone Star Lodge 175, F&AM, held its 40th annual father-son banquet at Masonic Temple, Newcomerstown, with 74 attending. Charles L. Knight served as master of ceremonies.

State Sen. Sam Speck to speak at 43rd annual Tuscarawas County Grange Banquet at Zoar. Newcomerstown area committee members included Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caldwell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Decker, and Donald Fenton.

Deaths: Robert H. Fillman, 63; Sidna A. Roahrig, 100; Ronald M. Stoffer, 62; Ralph Keats, 81.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

Indian Valley School District bid to Newcomerstown School District rejected.

William Lee Bosold, 21, son of the Francis ( Pete) Bosolds, Newcomerstown, killed in car crash just east of West Lafayette.

Married: Judy Burrier and Harold Gopp.

Deaths: Leslie Little, 88; Army Spec. 4 Ronald G. Johnson; Mary West Henderson, 83; Mrs. Wendell (Rosalie) Yanai, 84; Joseph E. Hickenbottom, 58; Mrs. Iva Jean Edens, 38; Harold Zimmerman, 68.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958

Port Washington Moravian Church lays cornerstone of new basement structure.

Fire practically destroys 125-year-old Zion Lutheran Church at Stone Creek.

Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Phillips observe 55th wedding anniversary.

Total of $554 collected for heart fund here.

Deaths: Walter Neal, 82; Mark Andrew Robertson, infant; Mrs. H.C. Frizzell, 83; William Fadden, 61; Arthur F. Milligan, 72; George W. Goodwin, 71; Mrs. Anna Smetts, 62; Downard Gibson, 84.

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948

225 Clow employees feted for working three years without lost-time injury.

Junior Chamber of Commerce organized here. F.J. Gottfried, high school principal, elected president.

Tiny Tot furniture factory locates here.

Council votes to issue $5,000 worth of bonds for concrete building on E. State St.

Charles E. Milburn elected director of Tuscarawas County Board of Health for four-year term.

Lions Sponsor Red Cross drive; quota $1,700.

Paul E. Heller, president of Heller Bros. Co., dies at his home in Newark, N.J.

Miss Lois Zimmer marries Dr. Charles Craig in Canton.

250 attend Gay Nineties Carnival and box social sponsored by BPW.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Mr. and Mrs. David Hosfelt announce marriage of their daughter, Wilma to Alfred Perkins, Conesville.

John Atkinson elected president of Chamber of Commerce.

World Day of Prayer service held at EUB Church.

New American Legion home dedicated.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edwards and Miss Wilda Lee killed in auto accident near Dover; Mrs. Dorothy Edwards seriously injured.

Ralph Portz new manager of Eureka Store.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928

Mrs. George Kohler, 63, dies in Indiana.

J.B. Barnett elected Chamber of Commerce president.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

Skip Crouch, now in Coast Artillery in California, turns down $225 job with Richmond ball club.

Frank Miskimen Sr. dies at home on W. State St.

 

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1908

James B. Clow and Sons to build in Coshocton.