FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
• "Suessical, the Musical" was being presented at East Canton High School. Principal cast members included Heather Krivos and Caleb Hunt. Other cast members included Kristina Kantorik, Carly Seeman, Angie Parker, Julie Adams, Megan Mayle and Diana Topp. The play brought to life Dr Suess' characters such as "The Cat in the Hat."
• Canton South's football team secured a playoff bid after defeating Carrollton, 31-20. The Wildcats ended their season at 6-4. Matt Trissel threw two touchdown passes-- both to Lonnel Bush. Jamil Robinson rushed 19 times for 96 yards.
• It was twice as nice in the Sandy Valley area when both the boys and girls teams advanced to the state meet. The girls were led by Connie Collins, who placed eighth at the regionals. The boys were paced by John Coates, who was sixth. The team was coached by Mike Aukerman.
10 YEARS AGO
• The East Canton football team finished the season at 7-3 and was preparing to play in the playoffs against Monroeville. Senior members of the team were Ryan Reed, Matt Boyle, Mike Gooch, Kyle Arick, Steve Orwick, Jake Jacobson and Mickey McCalley. A full page ad in the Press-News was sponsored by area businesses. It had a team photo and the businesses were wishing the team good luck.
• The Little Sandy Ruritan Club met to elect officers. President was Denny Snyder, vice president was Dick Beck, secretary was Don Irwin and treasurer was Dick Lotze. Directors were Gene Seager, Dan Wilson and Bud Barlow.
• Canton Local Superintendent Teresa Purses was shown accepting a check from the Canton South Rotary for stadium track renovations at the high school. The check was presented by Jeff McCall, owner of McCall's Restaurant. Bob Rupert organized a golf outing to raise some of those funds.
25 YEARS AGO
• Missy Moldovan reigned as queen at the East Canton Football Homecoming. She was escorted by Joe Kress. The Hornets defeated Columbus Wehrle, 29-6 to take their record to 7-1. The Changet brothers had great games. After Eric ran 42 yards to the one-yard line, brother Chris ran the ball across the goal line in the next play for one of the touchdowns in the game. In the third quarter, Eric scored on a 15-yard pass from Chris.
• Candidates for Canton Township Trustee included incumbent Michael Krebs, as well as newcomers Daniel Gicie, Anne Monnot and Peter Nelisher. There was one spot open to fill. Two open seats were also available on the Canton Local Board of Education and the candidates were Larry Wright, incumbent; James King, who had previously served; and Don Duerr.
• Too many cooks was never a problem at St. James Church Hall, since they were all great cooks who were creating delicious Sunday meals for lots of hungry diners. The cooks included Rena Rugani, Theresa DiDent, Jackie Artzner and others making homemade raviolis.
50 YEARS AGO
• Voters in the Osnaburg Local area were being asked to pass a 2.7-mill bond issue to help demolish and replace the area on the rear of the primary building at Liberty and Market streets. Four classrooms and a cafeteria would be added if the levy passed. Meanwhile, a nine-room annex was being erected on Center Street, with a 2-mill levy that had been passed in 1959.
• A recreational tax levy was on the ballot for the voters of Waynesburg. This was the second time for the levy to be voted on during the year. Funds would be used to develop a park and recreational area. A site was found that would be away from the Sandy Creek, so flooding would not be a concern.
• EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to missing papers this week in the Observer, this article was taken from the last week in Oct. 25,1962.) The Trump Road PTA meet, with Rev. Edwin Aluzas of the North Industry Christian Church leading the devotions. Refreshments were served at the end of the meeting by David Bowman's sixth-grade class. The parents who helped included Mrs. Raymond Mayle, Mrs. Donald Mottice and Mrs. Lute Phillips.
100 YEARS AGO
• D.J. Overly of Magnolia announced in the paper that he knew the person who stole his corn knife, while he was at dinner. "God knows you done me enough injury for one season," said Overly. "What old Biblical saying is good enough for thee: 'sin no more or a greater thing will come upon thee.'"
• Charles Krichbaum was running for probate judge on a nonpartisan ticket. He had been a teacher in the public schools and had attended the University of Wooster. He had been a lawyer in Stark County for 25 years.
• Bargain Day was being announced in Waynesburg with a huge ad. It would take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, with discounts at such places as Finefrock Sisters, A.H. Thomas Rexall Store, Waynesburg Carriage Company and the Hamilton House. A matinee concert would also be given by the Neapolitan Orchestra.