TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

Tracy Belle and Ron Wolfe of the Newcomerstown area are pictured roller blading at Salt Fork State Park.

Newcomerstown council member Dave Hickman said there are some 30 village streets being considered for paving this year.

Journey’s End Ministries was to host a community dinner, with the meal being provided by the Victory Assembly of God Church.

New arrivals included Jacob Dalia, Kenley Hayes and Audrey Miles. Birthdays were reported by Kendal and Jackson Bliss and Jagger Morrison.

Deaths: Frances Durben, 79, Newcomerstown; Ray Marlatt, 93, Cape Coral, FL; Wilmber "Bill" Cochran, 84, Zanesville.

The Church of Christ in Newcomerstown was to host a gospel meeting featuring Charles Pugh of Vienna, W.Va.

Trustees of the Newcomerstown Elks Lodge met with board members of the Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund to work out an agreement whereby the fund could receive a portion of the Lodge’s gaming proceeds.

The Newcomerstown Relay for Life reported several fundraising events are being planned, including a yard sale and car wash at Baker’s IGA.

Newcomerstown officials said the annual clean-up week will be April 28 through May 2.

TWENTY YEARS AGO -1998

Newcomerstown Public Library notified it has been awarded $535,300 in Library Services and Construction Act Title II funds for construction of new library, contingent upon payment of $373,000 in pledges by May 10.

Amanda Kish and Sam Weinzimmer crowned 1998 NHS Spring Queen and King.

Morgan Pharmacy of Newcomerstown hosted "Kids Are Cool Day" with prize winner Mason Lahna, West Lafayette.

Deaths: James K. Ault, 40; Larry A. Steinbach, 42; Dwight E. Mayse, 84; Betty June Rhodes, 79; Ruth M. Uppole, 88; Vernon D. Bates, 59;  Janice L. Miller, 70; William Worthington, 80.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO -1988

The body of Fred Koman, 84, of Coshocton recovered from Tuscarawas River near the River St. bridge at Newcomerstown, ending 15-day search for the murder victim. Dan Fyffe, 15, Toledo, and Bret McVay, 17, Coshocton signed confessions saying they had dumped Koman’s body from the Rt. 258 bridge near Newcomerstown.

Sale of Simonds Cutting Tools announced to employees April 18 with the facility closed for the reorganization. Greylock Management Corp. purchased the company’s assets and renamed the company "Simonds Industries, Inc."

State Sen. William Hinig speaker for the 68th annual Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce banquet at David Barber Civic Center April 27.

The late Dr. Robert McFarland, 1944 graduate of NHS, added to the high school "Wall of Honor."

Deaths: Mary O. Myers, 89; Wade H. McIntyre, 68; Mollie Hughes, 77; Florence Mae Myers, 74; Lois I. Brenneman, 81; Emily C. Hammersley, 67; Anna Velma Fisher, 92.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Mayor Robert Hall proclaimed May 1-5 "Clean-Up Days" in Newcomerstown.

Cornerstone full of memorabilia dated May 1898 uncovered at former St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church near Newcomerstown by Pastor Roger Bourse while remodeling the Pentecostal Church of God.

Cecil Haver, retired from Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce board of directors with 48 years service, among several persons honored at 58th annual Chamber banquet.

James Storck installed as exalted ruler of Newcomerstown Elks, succeeding Ed Harstine.

Trojans capture Newcomerstown Invitational Relays crown at Lee Stadium for eighth time in 11 years, finishing with 92 points; Ridgewood finished second with 75 points.

Married: Linda Sue Lawver and Daniel R. Stocker, May 25; Mr. and Mrs.  John (Dorothy) Baker, Newcomerstown, 25th anniversary.

Deaths: Benjamin C. Robinson Sr., 63; Mrs. Elizabeth Smith; Mrs. James (Josephine) Long, 75; Miss Mabel R. Palmer, 72; Rev. Robert Ralph.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

The 22,512-acre Salt Fork recreational development near Cambridge to aid Newcomerstown economically according to Kenneth Duling, park, director, who spoke to Rotary Club.

Scores of viewers see 390-dozen Easter egg display at home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ervin here.

Area churches filled for Easter Sunday services on sunny, warm April 14.

Some 200 attended community Good Friday services at First Baptist Church.

Sixty dozen Easter eggs hidden at Cy Young Park for annual American Legion egg hunt - 500 children participated.

Store prices: 3-lbs. coffee, $2.19; two bunches celery, 39 cents; 20-lbs. potatoes, 59 cents; 1-lb. sliced bacon, 59 cents; ground beef, 49 cents per pound, loaf of bread, 15 cents.

Deaths: Mrs. Callie McKinley, 77; Simon Pritchett, 49; Ralph D. Neal, 38; Mrs. Mary Fletcher, 70; Mrs. Emma Sells.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO -1958

Local Jaycees plan Teenage Road-E-O.

Marshall Fisher, sponsored by BPW, and Sandra Miller, sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary, to attend Buckeye Girls State at Columbus.

Don Carruthers installed as exalted ruler of local Elks.

Deaths: Jacob W. Schmidt, 84; Mrs. Anna Greene.

Mrs. John Buss elected president of Beta Circle.

Judy Taylor of Salem-Washington school is Tuscarawas County spelling champion.

George Little elected president of PTA.

Mrs. Robert Kinsey elected president of Triosis Club.

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO -1948

Drinking fountains set-up on Main St. by American Legion and the Elks Club.

Junior Chamber of Commerce receives charter.

Camber of Commerce enrolls 154 members.

Miss Anna Mae Rufer chosen queen of annual high school Spring Dance.

Miss Margaret Dayton wins first prize in Talent Show sponsored by the Hobby Club.

Marriage of Miss Betty Bryan and Vernon DeLong announced.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO -1938

Heller seeks merger with the New Jersey company.

Council plans to buy land to open Center St. to Chestnut St.

Cooperation between City Council and Township Trustees sought in handling relief.

Several hundred children at egg hunt sponsored by American Legion.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928

Chamber of Commerce banquet at Trinity Methodist Church attended by 125.

Ralph McElroy and Paul Korns receive diplomas of "Meritorious Service in Battle" from the French government.

Senior Class presents play "A Prince There Was."

Death: Mrs. Lucy Case, 90, former dry goods store owner.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

Capt. R.A. Goudy is assigned to duty at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and Capt. G.B. Brode to Charleston, S.C.

Boy Scouts Howard Kaden, Russell Purdy, Wayne Ley and Melvin VanSickle awarded medals for selling War Bonds.

 

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1908

John Theodore Pocock, Civil War veteran and ex-mayor of Newcomerstown, dies at his home on River St.