TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1999 Bob Heifner of Magnolia Development Group was guest speaker of Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce to report on progress of the project being developed at Rt. 36 and I-77 including Wendy’s and Hampton Inn. Robert James, NHS graduating senior, selected VFW 1999 State Athlete of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Jess H. (Peggy) Richmond, Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Newcomerstown, celebrating 50th wedding anniversary June 12. Deaths: Rev. John F. Little, 91, Newcomerstown, well-known minister of African Methodist Episcopal Church, C. Esther Whitis, 84; Lemert E. Norris, 80.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1989 Kim Baker and Scott Howard, both Newcomerstown, king and queen of Hometown Festival June 1-4. 107th annual NHS commencement held at Lee Stadium May 28 with Alan Bambeck, valedictorian, and Lisa Beckley, Melinda Dansby and Jerri Miner, co-salutatorians. Married: Joan Elizabeth Murphy and Stephen W. Huba, April 22; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse (Mildred) Butler Sr., Newcomerstown 40th anniversary, May 21; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Rhea) Shaw, Newcomerstown, 25th anniversary, June 7. Deaths: Wilda Faye Winters, 73; Helen G. Castle, 73; Charles "Smokey" Ranger, 68; Elva Willer, 79.
FORTY YEARS - 1979 Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame Celebration July 12-15 in Newcomerstown. Thomas C. Eakin, founder-president of Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame and Cy Young Museum announced inductees for 1979: Gus Bell, Rocky Colavito, Mel Harder, Tommy Henrich, Miller Huggins, Fred Hutchinson, Eppa Rixey, Joe Sewell, George Uhle and Bill Veeck. NHS students selected Ellen Hogue, Noreen Wolff and Karen Armstrong for Buckeye Girls State and Matt Eggleston and Kevin Hart for Boys State. All-Sports Banquet held at NHS with Tom Thompson of WTNS-Radio, Coshocton, master of ceremonies. Patti Hoffman and John Hashman named outstanding scholar athletes. Plans studied for new meeting center for Newcomerstown Senior Center. Deaths: Mrs. Charles (Eula) Kirk, 76; Harry L. Stevens, 94.
FIFTY YEARS - 1969 NHS class of 1969 with 116 graduates, largest graduating class in school history. New parish hall of St. Francis de Sales Church completed. Larry Arnold, local Church of Christ minister, leaving after five years here. New 18-hole Hickory Flat Green golf course near West Lafayette officially opens.
SIXTY YEARS - 1959 NHS seniors visit Washington, D.C. Youth Center to sponsor "Sunshine Boys" quartet. Deaths: Charles W. Gamble, 58; Sarah Davis; Ramond M. North, 66; Mrs. Clovis Markley, 52. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Widder mark 50th wedding anniversary.
SEVENTY YEARS - 1949 Peggy Cross, six, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Cross, injured in fall from haymow of barn near her home. Militry services held her for Sgt. Fred H. Booth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Booth. Married: Edna Mae Summers and Glenn Emslie; Miss Lois Jane Roderick and Raymond Peters; Miss Mary Ann Parker and Riley D. Blackwell; Miss Catherine Papyak and Lloyd H. Hart. Deaths: Mrs. Everett Kinner, 73; Lonnie Helter, 53; Ralph F. Tish, 63; Mrs. Nancy A. Gray, 64.
EIGHTY YEARS - 1939 Miss Thelma Ronsafer, Geneva English teacher, and Robert Lee, Barnesville chemistry teacher, hired by board.
NINETY YEARS - 1929 Undertakers J.W. Jones, H.J. Lydick and Joseph Mathews for new company. Paul Huff takes over floral business of Huff and Hartline.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1919 C.L. Raine purchases the Factory Store from Green-Joyce Company of Columbus. Married: Miss Mary Hartline and Paul Huff at Lutheran Church; Miss Ruth Lewis and Chester Mackey at EUB Church. Smith Jones of Isleta dies.
ONE HUNDRED TEN YEARS AGO - 1909 J.E. Wood and son purchase Foundry and Machine Shop of Curby and Son.Mayor Kennedy appoints Jacob Leonard as street commissioner to fill out term of Frank Miskimen who resigned due to ill health.Harry Rippeth and Phoebe Rosenborough married in Cleveland.