TEN YEARS AGO - 2001
Helen Riffle chosen as Favorite Daughter of the 2001 Frontier Apple Festival, while Vane and Barbara Scott were crowned king and queen, respectively.
Tom Hackenbracht, West Lafayette Vocational National Resource instructor at Buckeye Career Center, New Philadelphia, returns home following 16-day Earthwatch Expedition in Kenya. He was a volunteer for the program.
Former Newcomerstown resident Carl L. Paulun has a book of original poetry and prose published, titled, The Autumn Years.
Dr. William J. Bean is recognized for his 50-year membership in the local Lone Star Lodge 175.
Branch No. 5433 of Aid Association for Lutheran presents a check for $1,840.25 to the East Elementary grade schools Accelerated Reading Program.
Trojans dominate Sandy Valley, 63-0; Ridgewood defeats Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 33-13; and Indian Valley loses close one to Coshocton, 18-13.
Melvin and Irene Scherer, of West Lafayette, to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 28.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1991
Oil well explosion at Mineral City seriously injured David Welch of Newcomerstown, and killed three other workers at the site.
Angie Couts was crowned Newcomerstown High Schools Homecoming queen. Her court included Shelley Peoples, Tina Boitnott, Rhonda Ross and Molly McKibben.
Ridgewood Lady Generals volleyball team was ranked number one in the state. The Lady Generals finished the season undefeated with a record of 20-0 and 16-0 in the Inter Valley Conference.
Ray Cunningham, Wolf, was to celebrate his 100th birthday on Oct. 23.
A community farewell party was set for Oct. 20 in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church to honor Mrs. Ralph (Elizabeth) Portz, retired teacher and active citizen, who was moving from Newcomerstown to Kansas City, Kan.
Newcomerstown Public Library announced plans for their OctoberFest on Oct. 24.
Football: Newcomerstown lost to Strasburg, 42-6; Indian Valley was defeated (7-0) with 37-25 win over Wellsville; and Ridgewood lost to Garaway, 54-13.
Dennis Johnson, Newcomerstown, was taken by SkyMed to Grant Medical Center in Columbus after being injured in a 40-foot fall while swinging from vines.
John F. Kenney Council 5483, Knights of Columbus, Newcomerstown, announced plans for its annual Meet the Candidates night in the parish hall of St. Francis de Sales Church.
Members of Local 496 of the United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers at the GenCorp Polymer Products facility Newcomerstown rejected a proposed contract, but signed a 30-day extension of the old pact while negotiations continued.
Married: Melodye Himber and Jeff McCleary, Aug. 2; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin (Irene Honabarger), Scherer, West Lafayette, 50th anniversary, Oct. 29; Mr. and Mrs. Max (Ella Mae Casteel) Huffman, West Lafayette, 50th anniversary, Oct. 25.
Deaths: William G. Heifner, civic leader and former businessman, 77; Jennie A. Wheeler, 87; W. Russell Emler, 78; Ralph A. Bender, 69; John Walter Harmon, 83; Roger W. Gray, 75; Althea Penrod, 72.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1981
Wendell Yanai, Newcomerstown Village clerk for 10 years, submitted his resignation to village council.
Dr. Tim Merrill, local dentist, and Ray Booth, editor of The Newcomerstown News, took a back-packing trip to the snow-capped White Mountains in New Hampshire. Their adventure included an ice-cold climb up Mount Washington, the highest mountain (6,288 feet) in the Presidential Range.
Paul Parks, secretary of the Newcomerstown Elks Lodge, presented a check for $500 to Trojan Band Director Godfrey Holzbach, and Band Booster Sandy Addy for the bands trip to Gimbles Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mark Lamson, senior at Newcomerstown High School, was selected king of the girls powder puff football game.
Tammy Bates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bates of West Lafayette, was crowned Ridgewood High Schools Homecoming queen. She was escorted by Eric Fleming, and her attendants were Kay Apple, Rhonda Gress, Cindy Reedy, Roxana Gulick and Cheryl Moore.
Sophomore quarterback Jerry Triplett led the Trojans to a 38-6 victory over the Garaway Pirates. Several Trojans played excellent football including Tripletts brother, Bob Triplett, and Steve Dinkins, Kurt Hall and Mike Wilkin.
Randy Roberts, Keith Guilliams and Todd Kohl led the Ridgewood Generals to a 27-6 win over Jewett-Scio. In another game, the Generals lost to undefeated Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 7-0.
The Indian Valley South Rebels were 3-3-1 on the season after their games against the Malvern Hornets ended in a 14-14 tie.
Pres Hayes and the Dixie Harmonaires were the host musicians for the Country-Western Halloween Ho-Down sponsored by the Fire Belles of Port Washington.
Married: Cindy K. Murphy and Ronald William Meredith, Aug. 29; Kimberly Hunt and Theodore R. Wenger Jr., Sept. 25.
Deaths: Mrs. Charles (Anna) Cunnignham, 85; Mrs. Roscoe (Emma) Mitchell, 59; Charles W. DeLong, 84; Mrs. Helen Watson, 71; Willard K. Bond, 65.
(Note: The News regrets that further information was unavailable for this weeks Memory Lane column.)