TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

William Caudill announced he would retire as superintendent of the Ridgewood Local School District. Caudill had earlier been a teacher and head football coach.

The old Simonds factory site received a facelift as there were reports of it becoming a storage facility and a wholesale tire sales shop.

Donna LaFollette of Park Hill, Newcomerstown, is pictured beside a rhododendron bush that measures more than 24 feet wide.

The Cy Young Days Committee was continuing to work on plans with Dean Chance, the 1964 Cy Young Award winner, to be the grand marshal of the parade.

Ray and Carol (Wiandt) Cramlet were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 14.

Deaths: Laura Stonebrook, 87; Edna D. Shivers, 84, Newcomerstown.

The Newcomerstown Public Library announced a summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug."

The Coshocton Community Band was to perform at Coshocton’s First Friday celebration.

Newcomerstown Police Chief Tim Miller said the village would begin cracking down on residents who do not keep their lawns mowed and have unsightly weedy properties.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998

Newcomerstown’s Korean War Memorial on Bridge St. to be dedicated May 31.

Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds at Dover to replace old grandstand with new structure estimated to cost $800,000.

Ridgewood High School’s 34th annual commencement set for May 31. Top five percent of class are Todd Hykes, Cristy Freed, Miranda Patterson, Joseph Duda, Matthew Darr and Richard Smith.

Muskingum Watershed Conservatory District marks 65th anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray (Carol) Cramlet, Newcomerstown, to mark 50th wedding anniversary June 6.

Deaths: Madison Elizabeth Jones, 3; Caleb Michael Herman, infant.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Area athletes advancing to State competition included Lady Trojans Laura Morris, Dawn Ames, Jennifer Bates and Sharla Dobson, Trojans Jonathan Zufelt and Ryan Nigro, and Indian Valley South Lady Rebel Melanie Emler.

Melba Guy elected president of Newcomerstown "100" Club.

Married: Julie Ann Patterson and Vince A. Nay, May 21.

Deaths: Floyd K. Simmerman, 74; Fisher E. Eugene Thompson, 76.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Shannon Rodgers, New York fashion designer-manufacturer and a native of Newcomerstown, announced former Miss America Bess Myerson and Cambridge native Jean Rosenberg, both top names in the fashion world, would accompany him to the Salt Fork Arts Festival in Cambridge and visit Newcomerstown.

Frank Robinson, Satchel Paige, Al Lopez, Branch Rickey, George Sisler, Bucky Walters, Bob Lemon, Napolean Lajoie, Lefty Grove, Stan Coveleski and Earl Averill selected for induction into Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame here during annual Cy Young Festival in Newcomerstown.

Primary election set fro June 6.

David Spinks, Frazeysburg, hired as superintendent of Newcomerstown water and sewer department.

Eighty-one seniors to graduate from Indian Valley South High School during commencement exercises June 3 at Port Washington. Wendy Steinbach was valedictorian and Rhonda Gray, salutatorian.

Plainfield High School Class of 1953 held its 25th class reunion at home of James Grewell’s, Port Washington R.D. 1.

Married: Margaret (Peggy) Putman and Steven R. Snyder, May 5; Mr. and Mr.s Vernal (Zelma) Gray, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, June 11; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil (Betty) Bliss, Newcomerstown, 25th anniversary, May 25.

Deaths: Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Norman, 70, retired educator with 40 years of teaching in Newcomerstown school system.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

Trojan Booster Club president Leroy Hayes presented awards to local Hall of Fame inductees, Coach Woody Hayes of Ohio State University and his late brother, Dr. Ike Hayes, both cousins of Leroy Hayes.

Total of 99 seniors to graduate June 3 from NHS.

Supt. Edward Hamsher to give annual Memorial Day address here.

Eugene Lemox, 44, Covington, Ky., crushed to death at Jones Metal Co. while working on hydro-form press.

Kenneth Fuller elected president of Jaycees.

William (Skip) Black to tour Europe with Ohio Youth Choir.

Trojan mile relay team won second place in State track meet in Columbus. Teammates were Steve Swigert, Ernie Triplett, Bill Snader and Jim Thomas.

Married: Wendy J. Slygh and Donald J. Mulvane; Ruthie Stahl and Gary Gunn.

Deaths: Titus Weaver, 59; Calvin Meese, 72; Mildred Lemasters, 79; Alvin C. Huston, infant of Alvin and Patsy Huston; Mrs. Edwin Ott, 62; Mrs. Eva M. Reed, 76; Mrs. Margaret Akers.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958

Rebuilding started on Goshen Brick and Clay plant, severely damaged by fire May 9.

Paul Frye, veteran Newcomerstown police officer retired,  honored by Tuscarawas County Police.

Arthur L. Studd, 31, appointed patrolman of local force.

Richard Burky is valedictorian of the class of 1958 and Carla Hall, salutatorian.

Rev. P.H. Augustine to deliver commencement address for Port Washington class of 1958.

Jeannie May Myers receives curve bar pin, highest award in Intermediate Girl Scouting.

Married: Miss Mary Jane Summers and Glenn L. Huff; Miss Nancy Brown and Larry A. Hannahs.

Mrs. Wayne Dorsey, juvenile matron of Buckhorn Grange, honored as Grange "Mother of the Year."

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948

Dr. Robert M. Montgomery, president of Muskingum College, delivers commencement address.

1948 graduating class has two sets of twins, Donna and David Mizer and Wallace and Waldon Walters.

Legion buys seats for athletic field.

Deaths: Mrs. Katie Fisher King, 96; Mrs. Ardella Johnson, 63, dies at home of her daughter, Mrs. L.C. Martin, R.D. 3.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Senator Vic Donahey advises not to pay flood tax.

Seventy seniors receive diplomas.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928

College students this year include David Zimmer, OSU; Frances Hinds, Otterbein; Almena Yingling, Wittenberg.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

Because of the war there will be no alumni banquet this year.

St. Francis de Sales Church is dedicated.

Marriages: Miss Ethel Wallace and Dean Ley; Miss Ethel Porter and Paul McCollum; Miss Helen Finney and Warren Laub.

 

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO -1908

Rev. T.B. Roberts, pastor of the M.E. Church, will deliver baccalaureate address.

Memorial Day service at Lutheran Church attended by more than 50 veterans.

Miss Libby Murphy and Myron Crater married.