TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
Over 100 surviving officers, crew and families of those who served on the USS Radford came to Newcomerstown for a reunion at the USS Radford National Naval Museum on Canal Street. Vane Scott of Newcomerstown, who served on the ship in 1941, had recently stepped down as national president of the group, following the death of his wife, Barbara Scott.
The Newcomerstown Public Library announced it would have a "Scarecrow Contest" for Halloween.
The Newcomerstown High School Class of 1968 had its 40th year reunion at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center. Kathy McNutt was chairperson and committee members were Randy Addy, Gary Bryan, Judy Goettge, Kathy Osler, Jim Russell, Wendy Shumaker, Linda Stevens and Dan Styer.
Deaths: Richard Campbell, 56, West Lafayette.
Birmingham Boy Scout Troop 560 celebrated its 50th year. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Scoutmaster Harold George from Governor Ted Strickland.
Newcomerstown News Editor Niki Wolfe returned to her post after taking two months maternity leave for the birth of her son, Ben. Beth Dulaney filled in for Wolfe during that time.
Elected as officers for the Newcomerstown Middle School Student Council were: Tess Mozena, president; Kara Jenkins, vice president; Kelsie Hinds, secretary; and Kaydi Dodd, treasurer.
Students of the Month at Newcomerstown High School were Chelsea Bradford and Chase Addy.
Ashley Patterson was crowned the 2008 Ridgewood High School Homecoming Queen. At Indian Valley, the Homecoming King and Queen were Michael Betche and Emily Kennedy.
The Newcomerstown Trojans lost to Sandy Valley, 40-14. Ridgewood defeated Tuscarwas Central Catholic to improve to 7-1 and 5-0 in the Inter-Valley Conference. Indian Valley lost to Fairless, 20-7.
Ridgewood’s Brad Olinger finished second in a cross-country triangular with a time of 16:16. Newcomerstown’s top runner was Marcus Mardis with a 10th place time of 17:50.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998
Reception held in honor of Dr. W. R. Agricola, retiring Nov. 1 after 58 years of serving the Newcomerstown community.
Newcomerstown held its Frontier Apple Festival with the local Tastee Caramel Apple Co. donating seven bushels of apples for kettle-cooked apple butter.
Simonds Industries Inc. of Newcomerstown held the seventh annual Safety/Health Fair Oct. 5-9.
Cat’s Meow replicas of the Bakersville School, built in 1938 and closed in the 1978, were being sold by members of Bakersville Quest Club.
Ridgewood won the Inter Valley Conference cross country title, and the Lady Generals won the IVC volleyball title.
Indian Village Federal Savings & Loan Assn. in Gnadenhutten was celebrating their 75th anniversary.
Local area football: Trojans remained unbeaten in the Inter Valley Conference, winning 32-6 over Garaway; Indian Valley Braves lost to Meadowbrook 42-22; Ridgewood won 40-7 over Strasburg.
Married: Mary Belt and David Linnean, May 23; Mr. and Mrs. Willard (Pat) McCrone, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Sept. 18; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne (Louise) Mizer, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Oct. 24.
Deaths: Kenneth W. Beaver, 70; Raymond L. Dietrich, infant; Edward F. Rybarczyk, 78.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988
Newcomerstown Trojan golfers finished the season 14-4 over all and 9-1 in Inter Valley Conference for a share of the conference title.
Sandy Mahaffey, local deputy registrar, informed the public new methods of running the deputy registrar system could result in closing of Newcoemrstown License Bureau.
Area football: Ridgewood claimed the Inter Valley Conference title with 22-6 win over Malvern; Trojans dominated Jewett-Scio 39-0; Indian Valley Braves lost to Cadiz 36-14.
Married: Angela Sue Berger and Tony R. Martin, Sept 3.
Deaths: Glenn L. Huff, 50; James J. Golden, 84; Calvin B. Johnson Sr., 75; Fred Paul Horton, 82; John W. Fletcher, 70.
FORTY YEARS AGO -1978
Thompson’s IGA Foodliner celebrating 36th year in business.
Dean Furbay and Scott Holdsworth scored a touchdown with Dave Hicks the extra point kicker in Trojans 13-12 victory at Garaway.
Eastern Standard Time returning to Ohio at 2 a.m. Sunday Oct. 29.
Ridgewood Generals, Inter Valley Conference leaders, defeated 20-8 by Tuscarawas Central Catholic.
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis H. Shimp, Newcomerstown, mark 25th wedding anniversary.
Death: Mrs. Dorothy Moore, 60.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968
Rev. John Benson officiates a laying of cornerstone for new Christ United Methodist Church, Oak St.
General Tire & Rubber Co. of Akron acquires Plastics Division of Seilon Inc. in Newcomerstown.
Paul Simpson elected chairman of local Community Action Committee.
Interstate-77 project from Stocker’s Ridge to Rt. 36 interchange of Newcomerstown reported nearly 80 percent complete.
Trojans copped 44-0 victory over Meadowbrook Colts.
Married: Carol Jean Mathers and David Allen Casteel.
Death: Valentine Kunkle.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958
Helen Jane Norman crowned queen at NHS Homecoming.
Carl J. Milligan dies in air crash near San Diego.
Fire destroys barn on Kenneth Quillen farm.
Farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Parker near Peoli damaged beyond repair by fire.
Foust Society of St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 30th year.
Married: Miss Wilma M. Mathews and Robert Nera; Miss Janice Lowe and George Braniger.
Deaths: Mrs. Lilly Reddick, 85; John L. Fanti, 60; Mrs. Lena A. Pope, 84.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948
Miss Phyllis Smith is crowned Homecoming Queen.
Touraine Supper Club opened on N. College St.
Fire destroys farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walker near Marlatts Run.
F.H. Martin, Waverly, new manager of local A & P Store.
Married: Lois Clutter and John Morgan; Forest Stocker and Floyd Patterson; Miss Marguerite Burge and Paul J. Beebe; Miss Betty VanScyoc and John E. Kiste; Miss Jean Ambro and Howard Rodgers.
Death: Mrs. John McElhaney, 56.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938
Local WPA work is approved.
Trojans defeat Carrolton 19-6.
Chamber of Commerce plans to give prizes for best essays on Buy-At-Home campaign.
The model home on E. Canal St. is viewed by 3,000 persons.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928
Fire prevention banquet to be held at Gateway North.
Charles Barthelmeh, Tuscarawas County school superintendent, will address the Chamber of Commerce banquet in the interest of a public library.
A dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel John to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918
Russell Norman reported injured in France.
Mr and Mrs. James Early celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
Elizabeth, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Williams, dies of pneumonia.
Thelma Daniels, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Daniels, dies of pneumonia.