TEN YEARS AGO - 2009
Malcolm S. Ritchie of Newcomerstown, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve Jan. 15.
Army National Guard Sgt. Darrell A. Butler participated in the 56th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20 as part of the largest ever contingent of National Guard members to serve in Washington D.C.
Newcomerstown High School Winter Court crowned JC Rine and Stacie Simmons King and Queen. Members of the 2009 NHS Winter Court included, Paul Matthews, Rylie Quillin, Chase Addy, Chelsea Bradford, Zach Jones, Chanelle McMasters, Corey Ham and Kassi McDonnell.
Local basketball: Generals upset Garaway 65-61. Trojans lost to Sandy Valley 56-53. Indian Valley loses to Triway 55-48.
Deaths: Ruth Roth, 78; S. Carol Silverthorne, 74; Fern E. (Studer) Cline, 94; Clarence R. Howell, 80; Billy L. Kittle, 77; Max Leland Snyder, 78.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1999
Newcomerstown Public Library received confirmation it would receive the final funding necessary to construct a new $1.4 million library building. Over 400 area residents and organizations raised $260,000 to help match federal funds of $35,000 toward the project.
February issue of "Country Living" magazine included features on two former local residents - Stacy Sindlinger of New York City, formerly of Gnadenhutten, for her furniture designs, and a painting by Gregory Kim Wilkin, New Jersey, formerly of Newcomerstown.
Local area basketball: Ridgewood defeated Newcomerstown 69-67 to reclaim the Orange and Black trophy with Generals Brian Warren and Brian Olinger scoring 18 points each, and Trojan Robert James scoring 25 points; Newcomerstown won 68-49 against Jewett-Scio and 54-53 over Tusky Valley; Indian Valley beat Tuscarawas Central Catholic (TCC) 57-47, lost to Claymont 55-52; Ridgewood beat TCC 75-52, lost to Hiland 84-48.
Married: Paul Joseph Fillman and Laura Elizabeth Jones, Oct. 24.
Deaths: Edna M. Hickenbottom, 75; Edna Maye Whetstone, 90; Raymond R. Little, 84; Walter Stonebrook, 83; Marguerite Carrasco, 74.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1989
The Sweet Hearts Follies stage production raised $4,324.50 for community projects.
Area boys basketball Div. III sectional tournament at Muskingum College: Trojans defeated by Tusky Valley 70-44; Indian Valley Braves beat Buckeye Trail Warriors 62-54 led by Frank Polen with 18 points; Ridgewood Generals lost 70-61 to Shenandoah Zeps.
Glenda Boitnott elected president of Fiat Homemakers, Stone Creek.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. (Nelva) Foust, Newcomerstown, mark 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 14.
Deaths: Mrs. Edward (Marilyn J.) Ray, 60; Elmer Gress, 55; Clyde R. Matthews, 65; Esther Marie Ciesick, 67; Kathryn Leading Schneider, 84; John D. George, 91; Harold W. Smith, 75.
FORTY YEARS AGO - 1979
W.M. Brode Company of Newcomerstown selected general contractor for new marina on the Sugartree branch of Salt Fork Lake near Cambridge.
Newcomerstown Police Chief John E. Lawver completed his 30th year in law enforcement Feb. 9.
Knights of Columbus of St. Francis de Sales Church honored George Brindley as Citizen of the Year and Clem Stute as Knight of the Year at annual awards banquet at Salt Fork State Park Lodge.
Death: Mrs. Kenneth E. (Ruth) Postelwaite, 61.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1969
Newcomerstown to get direct distance dialing telephone service Aug. 3.
Roger D. Lewis, 20-year-old son of Raymond and Leanna Lewis, Newcomerstown, killed in Vietnam.
Junior Science Fair winners included Gary Myers, best in eighth grade; Greg Hackenbracht, best of fair; and Dave Hill, best in seventh grade.
The Jim Linebacks to open Sears catalog store here.
Haver Supply Co. constructing new store on corner of Church and River streets.
Miss Jean Cathan crowned NHS Sweetheart Queen.
Larry Stocker new president of local Jaycees.
Married: Miss Rita Diane Ross and R.K. Vanfossen; Miss Sue Robinson and John Graham Marshall; Miss Janet Brode and F.N. Schmidt.
Deaths: William Johnson, 78; Charles Stoner, 59; Randy Lee Elliott, infant; Abraham R. Myers, 81; Luther Norman, 66; Mrs. Leota Hammond, 86.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1959
Robert W. Wigfield appointed deputy registrar.
Kenneth McCants, local agent, receives Nationwide Insurance award.
Frances M. Raine appointed editor of Northern Hills News Reporter.
Governor invites local Mayor Dil Beiter to meeting.
Seiberling Plastics sales up 50 percent, president reports.
Deaths: Sanford Timmons, 76; Irvin Rice 84; Ann Minish; Upson A. Kyte, 61; Tufford, infant; Mitchell infant.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1949
Woody Hayes appointed head coach at Miami University.
John Lawver appointed deputy sheriff.
L.P. Reese, president of Scio Pottery, addresses Rotary Club.
Trojans draw Carrollton for basketball tourney.
Miss Martha Jane Patterson and Ralph Tilton married at Baptist Church.
Deaths: Mrs. Jane Ankrum, 70; Mrs. John A. Hart, 79; Mrs. Fleming Gray, 79.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1939
Miss Nelva Myers and John Foust married at Lutheran Church by the bridgegroom’s father, Rev. Charles S. Foust.
Trojans finish basketball season with six wins, 12 defeats.
Deaths: John Calvin Harris, 29, local WPA teacher, dies at White Cross Hospital as result of paralysis; Jacob B. Rennard, Wood Ave.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1929
A number from here see Miss Mary Hayes in "War Song" at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1919
John Jones has moved his undertaking business to a room in the Vogenitz building.
Wilbur Miskimen who served overseas has received his discharge from the Army.
Married: Miss Josie Bond and Homer Cappel; Miss Clara Miskimen and Lt. Curry Hardin married in Washington.