FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
/ The 24th annual Loy Memorial Races were held on June 18 when a combined 83 runners participated. Denny Snyder, a 1988 East Canton High School graduate, was the overall winner of the 5K race during the Loy Memorial Races with a time of 19:20. Twelve-year old Matthew Gothard soon took over the lead in the one-mile run and extended the margin to the finish line, winning with a time of 6:30.
/ The East Sparta/Pike Township Historical Society held the first log cabin day on the corner of State Route 800 and Westbrook Street, where a log cabin was being rebuilt and restored. Kay Weisen, president of the society, and her husband Arlow were pictured looking over the progress of the cabin work.
/ Malone University announced the establishment of the Earl H. Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award at a university alumni board dinner. Bailey was the pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Canton Township for many years. The award was established to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Malone family. This was the highest honor bestowed by the Malone University Alumni Association. The inaugural award was presented to Dr. Bailey for his continued ministry work, despite battling Multiple Sclerosis since 1978.
10 YEARS AGO
/ Ben Skelley, Jeff Datz, Ben Broussard and Joel Skinner, members of the Cleveland Indians, helped with a baseball camp at Thurman Munson Stadium. Cody Reichard, of East Canton and Joey Luzio, of Canton, were two of the many campers who were thrilled to meet and be taught by big league players.
/°Severe weather caused damage throughout The Press-News area. An F1 tornado whipped through Waynesburg, causing damage to the former Ben Franklin Building and other places in town. Trees and power lines were down along State Route 800, and Sam Wickham was trapped in his car on Central Avenue, Canton Township due to power lines falling on his car.
/ Ronnie Bourquin, a Canton South graduate, was drafted to play for the Detroit Tigers organization. Bourquin had also played for The Ohio State University. In his last year with the Buckeyes, Bourquin earned many post-season honors and was in the Top 10 in rankings in several areas such as batting average and slugging percentage.
25 YEARS AGO
/ Many local heroes returned with the 762nd Transportation Army Unit. The troops returning included Buster Longo, of Waynesburg; Ralph Carroll and Lyndon Lehman, both of East Canton and Darlene Cowling, from the area. The unit had served in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. Buster Longo had a large group of family and friends, who called themselves "Buster's fans."
/ The East-West All-Star Football game was held and local athletes who competed included Vic Chavers, of Canton South; Bruce Broad and Dale Rippey, of Sandy Valley and Rick Johnson, of East Canton. Daylene Davis, of Sandy Valley, and Julie Oberly, of East Canton, were majorettes that performed during halftime.
/ Tiffany Cleek, Ohio Little Miss of America, was shown riding in the East Sparta Homecoming Parade. The East Sparta T-Ball Team, that finished the season at 14-1 were also in the parade, along with firetrucks, the Sandy Township Fire Department Auxiliary, the Canton South Twirlettes and the East Sparta Valleyettes girls softball team.
50 YEARS AGO
No news was published in the Sandy Valley Press, The Observer or the East Canton News. The news office was closed for the Fourth of July holiday.
100 YEARS AGO
/ Anybody from Mapleton who wanted to buy fresh fish were told to call Clarence Daum and John Bair, who were one mile south at the Henry Hershberger's crossing, They said they had whales, sun fish, tadpoles and shod. Prices were said to be reasonable.
/ The Waynesburg news reported that it had been 13 years since the first Ford car was made. At that time the company employed 311 men and turned out 1,708 cars. By June of 1916, the company employed 30,000 men and completed a years' production of more than 500,000 cars. The Ford jokes, the reporter said had not hurt the sale of the cars. The latest joke was: "Fords rush in where automobiles fear to go."
/ A few Magnolia ladies were scared in their home due to hearing mysterious noises around midnight. They locked the door, but broke off the key in their haste. They then put the bed and other furniture in front of the door until daybreak. In the morning, the women had the problem of locking themselves in the house. A friendly carpenter brought a ladder and helped them. After investigating they found out it was the family cat making the noise in their cellar.