Members of the Newcomerstown High School Class of 1956 recently met for a 62nd anniversary class reunion.
Generally the class has held a reunion every five years but class member, Mary Hunt said that the class decided to have their 65th anniversary reunion a little early. Hunt said that most of the class members will have, or already have had their 80th birthday so they wanted to make it an 80th birthday class reunion.
Class members met August 2, 2018 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown. Thirty-six members and guests attended the reunion. Schumaker Farms catered the meal. Living historian/ story teller Chris Hart of "Tales from the Hart" provided the entertainment portraying Captain Reynolds, a canal era boat captain who traveled the Ohio-Erie Canal in the late nineteenth century.
Forty-four class members have passed away, starting with the significant loss of two class members the year the class was starting their sophomore year. Vera Whyde tragically passed away in an automobile accident on West State Street in July of 1954 when the vehicle she was a passenger in struck a tree. Gary Wigfield passed away following injuries involving a fall from a truck in September of 1954. Hunt said that the class has never forgotten Whyde or Wigfield, and both are remembered each reunion when the memorial is observed for those class members who have since passed on.
The class graduated at the former Newcomerstown High School on State Street (now Newcomerstown Middle School) on Tuesday evening, May 22, 1956. The class colors are aqua and charcoal. The class flower is a white carnation. The class officers for the senior year were Marshall Julien, President;, Dean Baker, Vice-President; Mary Woods, Secretary; Norma Stocker, Treasurer; Nancy Brown and Ron Lehman, Social Chairmen.
Newcomerstown was in the process of re-building the two elementary schools the year the class graduated. The majority of the class members had attended the former East and Maplewood Elementary schools, while some attended the country schools at Stocker’s Ridge, and Guernsey, both of which later consolidated with Newcomerstown. The East building had been destroyed following a tornado that struck Newcomerstown in the pre-dawn hours on March 11, 1955. The Maplewood building had later been closed, and considered condemned when it was decided that the village needed a much larger elementary school structure due to the increasing population. Two new elementary schools were later completed, and opened in 1957.
The class will observe its 70th year reunion in 2026. They plan to continue to meet for regular class luncheons throughout the year.
Any class member that is interested in a group picture from the recent reunion can obtain one through Mary Hunt on Facebook messenger, or by calling 740-545-1614.