It has been 50 years since members of the Newcomerstown High School Class of 1963 walked down those old, familiar gray painted cement steps, and upon the stage of the former Newcomerstown High School to receive their pass to the future, the coveted high school diploma.
At the time, the class was graduating, the world was a much different place. Newcomerstown was also quite different then.
In May 1963, there were several busy factories, one of the main sources of employment for many families was the former Heller Tool Company. Main Street was a busy place that included two grocery stores, a very popular bakery, a jewelry store, a meat market, a five and dime store, a pharmacy, and who could forget the old Baltimore Clothing store. Newcomerstown's residents all knew each other, and seemed to have an overall sense of caring and respect for each other. The price for gasoline ranged from 26 cents to 30 cents per gallon. A new car could be purchased for about $2,200 to $3,000. John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States (until his tragic death late that fall of 1963) and was attempting to create a more cohesive, and integrated world.
On Aug. 10, the class joined together at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center to celebrate and reminisce about their high school days once again. The class has 21 deceased class members. The first deceased class member, Donald Lawrence, tragically drowned at the former Rainbow Lake in June 1962.
Class members enjoyed a meal catered by Schumaker Farms, later viewed a photo display provided by class member Sandra (Parks) Robinson, and a slide show from Paul McFadden featuring scenes from the class's junior-senior prom, graduation and the senior class trip. A memory trip down the Olde Main Street (museum) was provided by the Newcomerstown Historical Society.
Class members attended the event from several states including Washington, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Delware. Communications were received from two members, Alan King, and Dave Conrad who were unable to attend. Two of the class's teachers, Linn Loomis and Ted Martin were present. Former NHS teacher and coach, Jim Shamel was unable to attend due to recent ill health.
Members of the reunion committee were Sandra Robinson, Paul McFadden, Alan Osler and Catherine Shalosky.
The class met at April's Country Kitchen for breakfast on Aug. 11.