TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
Beth Dulaney of The Newcomerstown News staff wrote a feature story about Frieda Clark and Iris Stratton of Newcomerstown who have maintained their friendship for 81 years. They are pictured holding a Christmas card from the 1930’s that was found behind Frieda’s fireplace.
Construction is continuing on the Cross Street bridge, with the work scheduled to be completed sometime in October.
Greg Circle became the new preacher at the Church of Christ in Newcomerstown.
Christopher A. Schlarb graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Deaths: Dorothy J. Worthington, 87, Byesville; Walter F. "Jack" Hickman, 91, Newcomerstown.
Pictures were printed from the new Indian Valley Middle School. The ribbon cutting was Aug. 24, 2008.
Some 700 runners competed at the Newcomerstown Cross Country Invitational. Bellaire St. John Central won the small school boys division, with Ridgewood finishing fourth and Newcomerstown 10th. In the big school boys division, River View was first and Indian Valley was runner-up. The girls small school division was won by Fairless with Carrollton winning the girls big school division. Indian Valley was seventh.
The Newcomerstown Trojans football team lost to Western Reserve, 49-0. Taylor Brandon led the Trojans with 32 yards rushing on seven carries. Indian Valley lost to Claymont, 35-13. Zach Baker was 15 of 28 through the air for the Braves, for 228 yards. Coshocton defeated Ridgewood, 35-0. In the season opener for Ridgewood, Skylor McQuiston kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Generals a 31-28 victory over Shadyside.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998
Dr. W.R. Agricola announced he would retire from his medical practice in Newcomerstown Nov. 1 after a 58-year career in medicine. He opened his practice in Newcomerstown in June 1940.
Mayor Packy McFarland proclaimed Sept. 4 as VFW "Poppy Day" in Newcomerstown.
Harold Bates named master of Birds Run Grange.
Deaths: Toni D. Arnold, 18, accidental drowning; Twila R. Whyde, 87; Sue C. Johns, 68; Albert "Bear" Cantrell, 77.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988
Local area football teams open their seasons with the Trojans defeating Malvern 7-6; Ridgewood Generals blanked Strasburg 22-0; and Indian Valley Braves lost to Dalton 14-6 in the first game after combining Indian Valley South and Indian Valley North high schools.
31 Inc. sets new date of Sept. 23 for groundbreaking ceremonies at site of their new facility in Newcomerstown Industrial Park.
Lady Trojans split first volleyball matches of the year, winning over Strasburg and losing to Caldwell. Indian Valley Lady Braves won three matches defeating Dalton, East Canton and Conotton Valley. Ridgewood’s Lady Generals won over Dover and Zanesville and lost to Buckeye Trail.
Married: James A. Thomas and Amy L. Sargent, July 23.
Death: Mrs. Raynell G. Maloy, 69.
FORTY YEARS AGO -1978
Supt. Franklin Gault reported 1,352 students started school in Newcomerstown district opening day.
Ward Holdsworth entered his 12th season as Trojan head football coach. His defending Inter Valley Conference champion Trojans were coming off a 9-1 season and scheduled to play River View in opening contest.
Clarence Schlarb Jr., West Lafayette, a member of Newcomerstown Elks Lodge, appointed deputy of Ohio Southeast District.
Trojan marching band Trojanettes were Dee Rodrick, Cheryl Triplett, Beth Gibb, Caroline Watson, Becky Plants, Allisia Morrison, Susan Celuch, Teresa Saylor and Sherry Creyaufmiller.
Married: Stacie K. Share and Jeffrey W. Darr, Aug. 26; Denise Ann Feldheimer and James Mark Johnson, Aug. 26; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dennis, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Sept. 8.
Death: Rev. Irville Baker, 73.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968
Some 1,600 students enrolled as school begins in Newcomerstown.
R.G. Halverstadt named general manager of Seilon Inc. Plastics Division.
Charles A. Quillen, 39, Newcomerstown R.D. 1 died of injuries received in auto accident.
Village Council passed ordinance permitting Tower Communitions Inc. to furnish cable television service in this area.
Dave Williams, son of Mrs. Irene Williams, Newcomerstown, and Richard Sweitzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sweitzer, Guernsey, injured in Vietnam.
Leroy Hayes elected president of Trojan Booster Club.
Deaths: John Mellor, 93; Mrs. Jennie Rice, 86; William Harbold, 85; Ronald Shepherd, 39; James McKee.
SIXTY YEARS AGO -1958
School enrollment is 1,258.
Robert Wigfield buys Rogers Oldsmobile firm.
Some 400 attend Baltimore style show.
Rev. and Mrs. Charles Gates go to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to prepare for missionary work in that country.
Deaths: William Mellor, 78; Mrs. Ralph Ludwig; Oscar Moore, 95; Mrs. J.M. McCoy.
Married: Sandra J. Crater and Ronald G. Daehler; Frances Kinner and Parks M. Fisher; Sarah Harper and Ken M. Foster; Miss Judith Dupler and Jerry L. Widder.
Deaths: Mrs. John Hughes, 71; Mrs. Maggie M. McCrady, 76; Sylvester Stocker, 71.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948
School opens Sept. 7.
Temperatures rise to 104 degrees.
Miss Betty Arth is a member of the Cleveland Browns majorettes.
Supt. D.B. Roeder to be instructor for new driver’s education.
Bowers Food Market on Main St. sold to William Lawrence of Amsterdam, O.
Connie Hogue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hogue, McKinley Ave., named Girl Scout of the Month.
Married: Erma Jean Kail to Donald E. Casteel; Betty Lint to Paul J. Miller; Thelma Gross to Frank Long; Norma Jean Regula to Benny Sweitzer; Frances F. Casteel to Donald Carruthers; Miss Norazella Saylor and John Gunn; Miss Helen Jeanne Tilton and Robert F. Kinsey.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938
Lester Umstott, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Umslott, dies in office of Dr. T.W. Stelzner after having finger cut off.
1200 pupils enter school for 1938-39.
Business upswing reported by local manufacturing plants.
Coach Woody Wills announced football schedule.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Chapman, Canal St., mark 50th wedding anniversary.
William H. Gardner, 84, Civil War vet, dies at home on River St.
American Legion sponsors celebrate for newly surfaced Main St.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO -1918
Schools open with enrollment of 671.
The Central Hotel opened this week by G.W. Pace.
Miss Paisley, Miss Eagon, Mrs. Lenna Spear, Ethel Kindleberger, Ella Rogers, Rachel Atkinson, Mabel Stahler, Eunice Leech and Elva Martin are new teachers in local schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Gibb, Neighbor St., celebrate golden wedding anniversary.
Daniel Patterson, 77, dies suddenly at his home on Goodrich St.