FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
/ The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named Mike Lancaster as Corporate Host Committee chairman during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival. Lancaster, a graduate of Sandy Valley High School and Capital University, had been an active Enshrinement Festival volunteer since 1976, serving as a ball-boy for the Hall of Fame Game as a youngster and previously serving as chairman of the NFL Experience.
/°Randy Branch, of East Canton, was one of many members of Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club Northeastern Ohio Chapter 89 who participated in the annual "Ridin' For the Kids!" Poker run on June 5. The event had 321 motorcycles and 500 riders participating in the ninth annual Burn Camp Run, a helping hand to young people injured in fire-related accidents.
/°The 73rd annual East Sparta Homecoming was held and the celebration included a parade, contests, food, fireworks and much more. Three-year-old Addison Wiley of Magnolia was pictured showing her excitement to see the fire trucks in the parade. Little Miss Firefighter was Jordan Parker and Little Mr. Firefighter Dylan Watkins.
10 YEARS AGO
/ Stephen Halas and Nate Clark, both Canton South High School students, completed the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Junior Cadet Program. The Junior Cadet Program was designed to give young people better insight into the challenges of law enforcement officers by giving them a week at the training academy.
/ People were "beating the heat" at the Sandy Valley Community Pool. Lydia Malavite, a junior at Sandy Valley High School, was a lifeguard at the pool. Lee Barto, also a summer employee and a graduate of Sandy Valley, was pictured plunging into the water after going down the sliding board. Little Quentin Hanlon was putting on his goggles for a day of swimming.
/°Robbie Raines was president-elect of the East Canton Rotary. Other officers included Diana Braucher, vice president; Jennings Tallman, secretary; and Tom Nieschwitz, treasurer.
25 YEARS AGO
/ The Canton South Animal Hospital had changed ownership and was renamed Thompson Animal Hospital. Kent Thompson, DVM, and Robyn Thompson, DVM, were the new owners and practicing veterinarians. Kent was from the Carrollton area. Both had received their doctor of veterinary medicine degrees at The Ohio State University.
/ Renee Powell was holding a Pro-Am tournament at the Clearview Golf Course, in East Canton, which was drawing many celebrities. They included Rafer Johnson, Olympic gold medalist. The tournament would benefit the Special Olympics.
/°Andy Crum, an Amos McDannel Elementary School student, was a neighborhood hero. Andy could see the flames from a cooking fire and he raced around the building to warn everyone. Fire fighters later said that five more minutes could have caused the house to be destroyed. Andy may also have been responsible for saving the life of a neighbor, who was sleeping due to health problems he was having at the time.
50 YEARS AGO
/ Class officers for Canton South High School Class of 1967 were announced in the newspaper. They were Dennis Warstler, president: Tom Meister, Vice President: Louise Cora, secretary: and Chrisrine Svik, treasurer. Tim Gerber would be editor-in-chief of the high school annual.
/ Donald Ward Kennedy, who would be a senior at East Canton High School, was experiencing life as a scientific researcher at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. The carefully selected group of teens were planning to go into the field of science. Donald was also a member of the National Honor Society.
/ Doing business as usual following vacation close-downs were Wayne Restaurant, Sandy Valley Press, Waynesburg Dry Cleaners and East Canton Printing. Also, Muckley Orchards, which has been closed for several weeks, would reopen.
100 YEARS AGO
/ Nick Mazzoo gave a demonstration of his bicycle-riding ability along the creek bank in Waynesburg and astonished himself and others. Nick and the bicycle went over a four-foot bank into six feet of water and neither Nick nor his bike could swim. After Nick was fished out, he was minus his hat, one shoe, a $2 bill, four tobies and some of his conceit.
/ Magnolia employers were experiencing a shortage of men. The National could use 30 more men.
/°The Huff Run Sluggers easily defeated the Dell Roy baseball team, 15-8. The Sluggers would next play Hill Grove on Florentz Steinbaugh's field, near Andrew Casper's barn.