It was Friday, April 19, 1901, the citizens of Newcomerstown were enjoying the long-awaited spring weather, and the roof fell in, well not literally, but in a matter of speaking!
The spring season had officially begun on March 21 that year, and being nearly a month into the season nobody ever gave it a thought that by the end of the day they would all be shoveling snow! In a matter of three days the village of Newcomerstown was covered underneath a heavy, wet blanket of twenty-four inches of snow. The snow began falling that Friday afternoon, and ended on Sunday, April 21. Some drifts on were reportedly dangerously deep, causing many that lived in the rural areas to be stranded in their homes for several days. The temperatures had started out as warm, sunny, then progressed into colder temperatures for several days, delaying the melting of the snow.
In town, structures with flat roofs had to be cleared of the excess snow immediately due to the excessive weight of the wet, heavy packed snow causing potential collapse of the roof. The railroad was inaccessible for several days until the excessive snow could be removed. It was shoveled onto flat railcars and moved to locations outside of town until temperatures warmed and slowly melted it away.
While there were never any more spring-time snow storms to hit Newcomerstown with the magnitude of the 1901 storm, Newcomerstown did experience two other excessive winter snow storms, one in November 1950, and the other in December 1977 through January 1978.
The 1901 storm was recollected in a March 1956 edition of The Newcomerstown News. That year a surprise snow storm with several inches of snow struck the area on St. Patrick's Day, closing the schools early.