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New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Zeisberger Heckewelder Award Recipients

zeisberger heckewelder awardZeisberger Heckewelder Awards are presented each year to citizens of Tuscarawas County who have been exemplary in their contributions to the quality of life in Tuscarawas County, especially involving preservation and awareness of local history.


Mary Hamilton
John & Jeanie James
Richard Lahm
Ohio Swiss Festival


Kimberly Jurkovic
Fred Miller
Bruce and Suzanne Stauffer
Newcomerstown Historical Society


Joseph Bonamico
Richard Kelley
Charles Knaack


Charles Miller
Peggy Mueller
Joe Ann & Larry McCue


Jon Baker
Agnes Swigart
Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Dee Grossman Director


Jon Elsasser
George Laurence
Lowell Youngen
College Club of
Tuscarawas County


Mr. Sam Hitchcock

Mrs. Ann Kirk Marsh

Mr. Emmet Riley

Trumpet in the Land


Carl Blasenhauer

Dr. Philip and Molly Doughten

Ann and Glen Groh

Hospice of Tuscarawas County



Roger Lile

Wayne Mortine

Weldon Mortine

Ann and John Page

Linn Hert GEIB


Kenneth B. Garman

Rev Arnold Klaiber

Shirley A. Wagner

The Greer Steel Co.

Dover, Ohio



25th Anniversary:

Katherine Albaugh

Robert Michels

George Reymond

Erin Van Fossen

Catholic Sisters of Tuscarawas County



Jeff Brown

Glenn R. Carlisle

Jerry Marlow

Tom & Patti Strickling

Dover Historical Society



Margaret Bonamico

Hudson Hillyer

Ed & Gale Schlote

Vane & Barbara Scott

Zoar Community Association

Charles Knaack



Carol Cunningham

Dr Richard Hasler

Virginia Kane

Mary Krocker

Dr. Benjamin Wherley



Dr. William Haggis

C. Bernard Myers

Jeanette J. Jenkins

Anne C. Snyder

Leonard W. Snyder



20th Year:

George & Norma Daugherty

Doris W. Kimble

Paula Wilcoxin

Donald W. Zimmerman



Charles L. Frank

Michael Gunther

Earl P. Olmstead

Dr. Judson Rosebush

Doug Wills

Ron Septer


Dr Gregory Andrews

Bernice Buehler

Maxine Eberle

Woody Russell



Dr. William Belknap

Frank Hollingsworth

Dr. Linton Honaker

Walter F. Zimmerman



Robert Liberatore

Melody Liberatore

Lloyd E. Mizer



John J. Marsh

Gary Petricola

Geneva A. Roll

Harold I. Snyder



Charles Deeds

Virginia Deeds

John B. Latto

Dana Lewis

Virginia Lewis

Lillian Ruby


Elmer Ladrach

Howard Sarbaugh

Harold D. Shade

VFW Post 1445



Norma Johnson

James Stoll

Rachel Redinger

Mary Villwock


Stephen Long

Richard Michel

Deo Steffen

Wendy Zucal


10th Year:


Martha Cooper

Dr. George Knepper

New Phila Rotary

Thomas Patton

Dale / Sandy Spencer


Ed DeGraw

Dr. Clark Daugherty

Carter Kissell

Tuscarawas County

Genealogical Soc


Thomas Conwell

Stanley Kaufman

Ed Richard

David Warther

Joanne Warther



Beverly Hamilton

Hazel Lightel

Dr. Amos Loveday

Richard Rea



Marian Frank

Max Miller

Charles Marr

Raymond Reichman



L.H. Alexander

Victor Marsh

Francis Maus

Alga “Peg” Weaver


Gertrude Donahey

William Lebold, Sr.

Ross Virtue

Herbert Zollar



Clyde Barthalow

Lester Cronin

Eugene Endres

Henry Spring


Ida Hawk

Ralph Romig

Harry Yockey

Gradall Division


The First Recipient:


Frances Kapitzky

Bryce Browning
Paul Green

First Moravian Church of Dover


Fifth Banquet

First United Methodist Church ~ Dover, Ohio

May 4, 1985


V.H. "Vic" Marsh, Alga "Peg" Weaver, Francis Maus, L.H. Alexander

The Tuscarawas County Historical Society will present Zeisberger-HeckewelderMedal to four distinguished county citizens May 4th in the annual service award presentation.

To be honored at the annual Founder's Day banquet at the United Methodist Church in Dover" will be

Alga "Peg" Weaver, L.H. Alexander, VH. "Vic" Marsh, and Francis Maus. The design of the medals to be presented were originated by Johann Zabka of Dover, who came to the United States from Germany after World War II and conceived the idea of the
 presentation as a tribute to his adopted county and country.

The award is presented annually to those citizens who have distinguished themselves with a lifetime of service to the county.

Weaver retired in 1976 after "devoting nearly 50 years to the 4-H club movement as member and adviser, serving 30 years as county 4-H extension agent, with significant impact on the lives of countless citizens," according to former director of the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service, Roy Kottman.

Alexander served 40 years from I9I7 to 1957 as supervisor of music for Dover City schools. He wrote the school alma mater and fight song, and organized the first high school band. "I hope I have taught appre­ciation of good music." he said of the countless Dover students, now adults, he taught.

Marsh, author of the recently published autobiography, "Vic," will be honored for his 38 years as leader of the Marsh Lumber Co. and the Masonite Corp. and his many civic enterprises, including Union Hospital, Chamber of Commerce, Airport commissioners, Boy Scouts, Little League, Soap Box Derby, and church work. Maus, like Marsh, fits the description of a "self-made man." He worked through both high school and college to star as an athlete, and he graduated from Wittenberg as valedictorian of his class. He became director of management and development and training at Weirton Steel Corp. at Weirton, W. Va.

Maus has authored books on economics and business success, is former president of Dover Kiwanis and has served as chairman for community fund raising campaigns. Banquet tickets can be obtained from His­torical Society members and at Marlowe's Drug Stores in New Philadelphia and Dover.


The Zeisberger-Heckewelder Award


Zeisberger-Heckewelder Medals Minted, Await Presentation

"The Zeisberger-Heckewelder Medals have been returned from the mint and are awaiting the nomina­tion of the first selectees. The medals, designed and financed by Johann Zabka of Dover, have been termed Tuscarawas County's 'Nobel Prize' and will be available to individuals for outstanding achievements.

The medals were minted October 24 at the Medallic Art Works in Danbury Connecticut. The same firm also makes the Pulitzer Prizes, Olympic Medals, the Congressional Medal of Honor and for many years provided the dies for United States currency.

The Zeisberger-Heckewelder Medals are of .9995 pure bronze. They are 3 inches in diameter and5/ 16th of an inch thick, with a weight of 11 ounces . Zabka and Paul Goudy, Director of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, made the trip to Danbury for the first strikes. One hundred medals at the cost of $3,500 were minted. They are currently in the vaults of Midland Buckeye Savings and Loan until the first selectees, at a rate of one or two a year, are made. The medal also will be available for presidential visits and other dignitaries.

The medal is named after the early Moravian missionaries, Rev. David Zeisberger and Rev. John Heckewelder, who led the formation of Christian Indian missions in the Tuscarawas Valley in the mid 1700's. In doing so, the first church and school in Ohio were organized here.

One side of the coin depicts the two missionaries and the date 1772, when Schoenbrunn Village was founded. This side also carries the words 'Humanity, Peace, God and Love,' surrounded by linden and elm leaves. The reverse side of the medal carries the Moravian Lamb bearing the crossed flag, in the center. On the inner circle is the Latin inscription, 'Vicit Agnus Noster Eum Sequamur. 'This translates to 'Our Lamb Has Conquered, Let Us Follow Him.' On the outer circle are the words 'Tuscarawas County, Ohio' and 'Anno 1979' which refers to the founding of the presentation Goudy described the complex process by which the medals were made. Medallic Art started with drawings by Zabka. A plaster carving was made from this, then an epoxy mold. A positive plate was cast in copper, I 2 inches in diameter. A reduction and cutting process, developed in France, created the dies, which made cuts into soft steel. Next came the refining, hardening and cleaning, preparatory to actual striking of the medals. Each side was struck four times in a 600-ton press. After each strike, the medal would be taken out and heated to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit

before the next strike.

After the four strikes, other technicians would clean off the rough edges and apply a finishing process, including sandblasting and coating. Goudy said the process takes several months, from beginning to end.

'I am proud of the design and of Tuscarawas County,' says Zabka. a German immigrant who has spent the past 25 years of his life studying the history of the County, State and Nation."

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