Alexander, L. H. 1985--Alexander served for forty years from 1917 to 1957 as supervisor of music for Dover City Schools. He wrote the Dover High School Fight Song and Alma Mater. Alexander organized the first high school band in Dover. "I hope I have taught appreciation of good music," he said of the countless Dover students, now adults, he taught.
Andrews, Dr. Gregory L. 1998--Dr. Andrews is a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School, earning his associate and bachelor degrees from Kent State University, his master from the University of Akron, and his Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State. He served at Kent State Stark before becoming the Dean at Kent State Tuscarawas in 1995. He served on the boards of the United Way, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, Trumpet in the Land, and Bank One. Dr. Andrews' planning and support brought the TuscKent Archive room to reality.
Barthalow, Clyde 1983--Clyde Barthalow of Newcomerstown was honored for his contibutions as an educator, administrator, and school board member over the years.
Belknap, Dr. William W. 1997--Dr. Belknap is a pioneer in the chiropractic field in Tuscarawas County and widely known for his contribution to athletic programs in the county.
Browning, Bryce 1981--Bryce Browning was the founder of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Buehlers, 1999 Corporate Award, Ron Septer and Doug Wills--The Buehlers stores have been a great help to the Tuscarawas County Historical Society over the years, including selling the Landmark Calendars and allowing the Society to have displays in their stores.
Ron Septer was born in Missouri and graduated from Akron East High School. Ron managed the New Philadelphia Buehlers store and is on the advisory board of Buckeye Career Center.
Doug Wills is a graduate of New Philadelphia High School and Kent State University. He has been president of the Tuscarawas County Fair Board, Chairman of the Tuscarawas County Republican Club, and served on the Board of Elections. He managed the Dover Parkside Store.
Buehler, Rev. Bernice 1998--Rev. Buehler graduated from Port Washington and New Philadelphia's High School and attended the Tuscarawas County Normal School. She began teaching at the Beaverdam School and in the next year at Front Elementary in New Philadelphia. She was then called into the ministry and graduated from Boston University in 1929. In 1932 she enrolled in Yale Divinity School, where she was in the first class of women graduates. She became a leader in the training of Christian Educators by developing the Department of Children's Work for the Board of Christian Education of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Philadelphia, PA. She was the first ordained woman minister in the Southeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, now the United Church of Christ. She served as minister at St. John's in Dover and on numerous boards and committees.
Cunningham, Carol 2002--Carol served as Red Cross Director in Tuscarawas County for over 25 years. Her efforts in the county were described with the simple phrase, "I'll try," and try she did with many organizations--the Youth Center, Red Cross, First United Church of Christ, the Public Library, and the Historical Society to name a few.
Cronin, Lester 1983--Lester Cronin retired as a county extension agent active with 4-H and Granges in Tuscarawas County. This was a government post helping farmers, located at the time about the United States Post Office in New Philadelphia, the County Seat. He was instrumental in the founding of Trumpet in the Land, an outdoor drama--the story of David Zeisberger, John Heckewelder and the first Christian settlement in what is now Ohio. These Moravian missionaries came to Schoenbrunn in 1772, converting local Delaware Indians. As the Trumpet website says, "Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, Trumpet in the Land is an unforgettable experience that bring to life the Ohio frontier during the Revolutionary War. Performed in the same hills from which this story is born, Trumpet is a thrilling and passionate story of a peaceful people's influence on the war and the tragic events that encircled the founding of Ohio's first settlement, Schoenbrunn."
Daugherty, Norma and George 2000--Norma and George have been the backbone of Meals on Wheels for many years. Norma has been a volunteer since its inception and George began helping after his retirement from Timken in 1982. They also help at St. John's United Church of Christ in Dover.
Doughtery, Dr. Clark M. 1989--Dr. Clark M. Doughtery, a retired surgeon, in addition to being a supporter of our historical heritage, after serving in the Air Force and Army, contributed to many health related community programs.
Donahey, Gertrude W. 1984--Gertrude Walton Donahey was born in Goshen Township in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on August 4, 1908. Donahey earned a degree from Mann's Business College in Columbus, Ohio before going to work in the Office of the Ohio Adjutant General's Business and Finance Division. Donahey eventually became involved in politics as a member of the Democratic Party. Donahey was chosen as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1964 and 1968, as well as representing the state of Ohio on the Democratic Party's platform and resolution committee. In 1964, U. S. Senator Stephen M. Young hired Donahey as his executive assistant, a position that she held until 1970. These experiences prepared Donahey for an elected position.
In 1970, Donahey became the first woman to be elected to a statewide office in Ohio when she was elected State Treasurer. She continued to serve as Ohio's Treasurer until 1983. Donahey commanded much respect in this position, both within the state and at the national level. Members of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers elected her as their president in 1981. Donahey was also connected by marriage to two other Ohio politicians. Her husband John W. Donahey served as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and her father-in-law, A. Victor Donahey, was both Governor of Ohio and U. S. Senator.
Donahey died in Bexley, Ohio, on July 11, 2004.
Eberle, Maxine Renner 1998--Maxine has been the Corresponding Secretary for the Ragersville Historical Society since its beginning in 1979. She has translated 25 church books (kirchenbucher) of early German congregations in Tuscarawas county from old German script to English. The earliest dates to 1805. She has completed several church histories, family histories, and the 1980 Ragersville Sesquicentennial history. She attended Oberlin College and Beckwith Business School and served in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserves in World War II.
Endres, Eugene 1983--Gene Endres, president of Endres Floral, has been generous with his time and his floral work in promoting Tuscarawas County. He is specifically noted for his creation of the Golden Memories Rose.
Frank, Charles L. 1999--Charles attended Port Washington High School and earned a degree in teaching from Kent State University and later a masters degree from The Ohio State University. He was a tireless worker and faithful member of the Zoar United Church of Christ. Charles was an accomplished wood worker, making Zoar candle holders. He helped gather data for the Tuscarawas County school history book.
Green, Paul 1981--Paul Green was a Pulitzer Prize award winning author and author of Ohio's first outdoor drama, Trumpet in the Land. In a letter written at the time Green was presented with the Zeisberger Heckewelder award, Green wrote, "Your medal is a testimony to the fellowship of man."
Gunther, Michael A. 1999--Gunther is a graduate of Indian Valley South High School and Kent State University. He has taught at Newcomerstown, Strasburg, and Dover High Schools. He has received many teaching awards through the years, including the Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 1987, and the Golden Apple Award for Teacher Excellence from Ashland Oil in 1998. He and his students have recorded and preserved the stories of Tuscarawas Countians who served in the Vietnam War. Each year his senior English Composition class conducted the interviews. At the time of his award they were on the fifth volume of work.
Hasler, Rev. Dr. Richard A. 2002--Dr. Hasler is a leader, teacher, pastor, researcher and writer who added to the 18th century knowledge of David Zeisberger and missionary David Brainerd. Dr. Hasler graduated from Houghton College, earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Divinity from Hartford Theological Seminary, and his Master's of American History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hawk, Ida 1982--Ida Hawk is mother of nine children, each of whom has entered the service professions. They are: Vivian Barr, school teacher; Dr. Bray Hawk of St. Louis; Edna Richardson of Massillon, nurse; Dr. Dale Hawk of St. Charles, Minnesota; Drs. Gene and John Hawk of New Philadelphia; Melvin Hawk, attorney of Akron; Mrs. Ronald Williams, school teacher of Farmington Hills, Michigan; and William Hawk, pharmacist with Rice Pharmacy of Lake Cable, Ohio. There are 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Hollingsworth, Frank E. 1997--Frank and his wife, Mary, reported the local weather to WJER and the United States Department of Commerce for many years. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church of Dover.
Honaker, Dr. Linton 1997--Dr. Honaker was the third superintendent of Tuscarawas County Schools. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his educator grandfather, Harry Hobson. He served in the army for 2 years and then attended Mount Union College. He became superintendent in 1964 and served until 1980.
Johnson, Norma 1992--Norma Jeanette Johnson was a trail blazer for women, a constant educator and innovator embodied by a relationship to the hills of Brandywine Valley. Entering the workforce in Cleveland just after WWII she worked in a variety of fields returning home in the 1950’s and following a family tradition taught in high schools throughout Tuscarawas County. In 1968, she became the 5th generation of Johnsons to farm land in Brandywine Valley developing a sheep herd with artisan support throughout the balance of her life. She also developed forests on former farmlands for future generations. In 1989 the Tuscarawas Soil and Water Conservation District received a portion of her farm to develop the Norma Johnson Nature Preserve and upon her demise the balance of her lands was given to Tuscarawas County for the Norma Johnson Nature Preserve now part of the Tuscarawas County Parks District.
Kane, Virginia 2002--Virginia was born in California and graduated from Antioch College in economics and statistics. She met her husband, Tom, there and he brought her to his hometown of Dover. She has been involved with a long list of organizations including the American Association of University Women, the County Committee on Aging, the County Extension Office, Mobile Meals, T-4-C, and others.
Kapitzky, Frances 1981--Frances Kapitzky, president of the Citizens Bank of Strasburg, said in her acceptance, "It is difficult to accept such an undeserved honor, but it must and should encourage my faith, courage and love on behalf of the people of Tuscarawas County and my God."
Kimble, Doris Walter 2000--Doris Kimble has always worked quietly for the betterment of the community. She was born in Winfield and graduated from Dover High School. She worked at Reeves Steel, and when her husband, Floyd, returned from World War II, they started a small mining company. Doris has been involved with many community organizations including the YMCA, Grange, Trumpet in the Land, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hospice, Union Hospital, Camp Tuscazoar, Malone College, the Fortnightly Music Club, and Dover Faith United Methodist Church.
Krocker, Mary 2002--Mary wrote for the Times Reporter for over 30 years and produced pamphlets on the history of Goshen and Beidler. For many years she and her family lived across the street from the Goshen Cemetery and helped with its upkeep. She is a member of the Catholic Church and has volunteered with the Ohio Reads program at Midvale Elementary.
Lebold, William Sr. 1984--William Lebold said in his acceptance speech that his family lived by the belief that "the only thing you have in life is what you give away."
Liberatore, Melody J. 1996--Melody attended school at Midvale, Uhrichsville, and graduated from New Philadelphia. She earned a degree from Kent State University in Theater Arts and Speech. She taught English, speech, and oral interpretation for New Philadelphia City Schools. To go along with her teaching, Melody has a beautiful voice and performed in many Little Theater productions, being recognized as an "Outstanding Actress" by the Ohio State Community Theater Association. She has also performed with the Canton Symphony and toured Europe with the Pittsburgh Mendelsohn Choir.
Loveday, Amos J. Jr. 1987--Loveday received the Zeisberger Heckewelder Medal in recognition of his commendable community service, his efforts in supervising the excavation of Fort Laurens in Bolivar, and also his leadership in the movement to have the state rebuild a portion of the fort and erect appropriate interpretive plaques at the site of the fort and cemetery.
Marr, Charles 1986--Charles Marr is the retired founder of the Marr, Knapp and Crawfis architectural firm, and has been cited not only for his work within Tuscarawas County, but for his work in the formation and unification of the American Society of Architects. He is also honored for the founding of a local scholarship for deserving students wishing to pursue architecture as a career.
Marsh, John J. 1995--John Marsh was involved in Marsh Enterprises in Tuscarawas County which contributed to the industrial growth in the area. He supported the YMCA, Camp Tuscazoar, Union Hospital, and his church through capital improvements and building programs. He and his wife established the John and Orlena Marsh Foundation for the benefit of the community.
Marsh, V. H. (Vic) 1985--Vic Marsh published his biography and in it tells of his leadership of the Marsh Lumber Company and Masonite Corporation. He also worked with Union Hospital, the Chamber of Commerce, Airport Commissioners, Boy Scouts, Little League, Soap Box Derby, and church.
Maus, Francis 1985--Francis Maus fits the description of a "self-made man." He worked through both high school and college to star as an athlete. He graduated from Wittenberg as valedictorian of his class and became the director of management and development and training at Weirton Steel Corporation at Weirton, West Virginia. Maus has authored books on economics and business success, is former president of the Dover Kiwanis and has served as chairman for community fund raising campaigns in its mission, "serving the children of the world."
Maus noted in his acceptance speech that one of the biggest thrills of his life was helping with the excavations at Schoenbrunn, the original 1772 Christian Native American settlement near New Philadelphia.
Miller, Max T. 1986--Mr. Miller is a past president and charter member-founder of Trumpet in the Land, the outdoor drama produced in New Philadelphia each summer, with music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Paul Green. Miller took his mother's kitchen craft business and founded Miller Studio, employing hundreds of people and contributing to the economy of the area.
Mizer, Lloyd E. 1996--Lloyd was an avid genealogist and compiled The History of the Schools in Tuscarawas County, Ohio with over 700 pages of information on the county schools. Lloyd was raised on a farm in Auburn Township, and like his 4 brothers, became a teacher. He graduated from Bowling Green State University. He was a teacher and principal for 35 years. He has also completed numerous volumes on Mizer family genealogy.
Olmstead, Dr. Earl P. 1999--Earl was a graduate of New Philadelphia High School and worked in many jobs including vice president of sales of the Akron Hardware Company, selling real estate, and manager of Monroe Mall. He was on the first Board of Trustees of the Buckeye Career Center. Earl had been an avid historian ever since his father had taken him to see the archaeological dig at Schoenbrunn in the 1920s. Following his "first" retirement, Earl began the study of David Zeisberger. Earl received numerous awards for his work. Kent State University conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters in 1997.
Petricola, Gary A. 1995--Gary started working at radio station WJER while still in high school. In 1977 he bought the station. Gary participates in many community projects and activities including serving and helping with Union Hospital, the Community Improvement Council, Trumpet in the Land, and Junior Achievement. He was the voice of the Dover Marching Tornadoes for many years.
Roll, Geneva A. 1995--Geneva grew up on a small farm south of Newcomerstown. She graduated from Newcomerstown High School in 1930 and attended Muskingum College. She interrupted her schooling to get married and raise a family of 5. In 1958 she earned her B.S. degree in education from Muskingum. She retired as a teacher in 1974. She was a community activist in her roles at Broadway Methodist Church, the Union Grange, and Trumpet in the Land. She assisted in writing a definitive history of the county schools, The History of the Schools of Tuscarawas County.
Romig, Ralph 1982--Author and publisher of the Buckeye Country Magazine and civic leader of Tuscarawas. Romig, a former school teacher and councilman of Tuscarawas, was president of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society. He has authored various books including: The Valley of the Tuscarawas and Cy Young: Baseball's Legendary Giant.
Rosebush, Dr. Judson G. 1999--Dr. Rosebush was born in Wisconsin and earned his bachelors degree from Kansas. He earned his masters degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and his doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. He served in World War II and the Korean conflict. He taught political science at Wooster College until 1954. For 18 years he and his wife and son ran a 4200 acre sheep and cattle ranch in southeast Ohio. Then in 1964, Dr. Rosebush began teaching at the Kent State Tuscarawas Campus. He won teaching awards many times and retired in 1993.
Russell, Woody 1998--Elwood Mitchell Russell was born in Kentucky and served in the 149th Infantry Regiment of the 38th Division in the Pacific during World War II. He was a reservist during the Korean conflict. He was a postal worker in New Philadelphia and served for over 50 years as a distinguished member of VFW Post 1445. Woody has received many commendations for his efforts on behalf of veterans. He was the editor of the Ohio VFW News. Woody was also involved with the District Boy Scouts and edited The National Hobby News.
Snyder, Harold I. 1995--Harold Snyder graduated from Louisville High School and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Ringling School of Art. When his employer, Cardinal Products, moved to New Philadelphia in 1947, he helped design their new building. Four years later the company closed and the building sold to the Timken Company. Before the company closed, Snyder had set out on his own making laminated products such as baby pants, raincoats, and sweeper bags. In 1960, Hal discovered and developed the Hemovac to remove drainage during operations. His company was eventually sold to Zimmer Patient Care. Snyder helped employ thousands in the county,
Spring, Henry 1983--Henry Spring was an avid promoter of history and tourism in Tuscarawas County, often showing up at historical events in costume. Owner of Spring Electric in Uhrichsville, he did much to improve the economic, social, and historical life of Tuscarawas County.
Virtue, Ross 1984--Ross Virtue said he was overwhelmed when he received the Zeisberger Heckewelder award. He was recognized for his career in education and the founding of the Gnadenhutten Museum.
Warther, David 1988--Dave was born in Dover, Ohio in 1926, son of the late Ernest "Mooney" and Frieda (Richard) Warther. Following his service in the U. S. Navy in 1946, Dave returned home and he and his father developed and operated Warther Museum and Cutlery Company in Dover. Though receiving many offers to sell, Dave kept this treasure in Dover, an incredible asset to his home town and the world. This amazing display of the hand-carved history of trains and other carvings was once appraised by the Smithsonian Museum as a priceless work of art. Dave and his family have often used the museum to promote the Tuscarawas Valley through various community projects and fundraising events including the annual Union Hospital Christmas Tree Festival.
Dave believed strongly in serving his community and was a Life and Honorary Member of the Dover Kiwanis Club where he served twice as its president. He also co-founded the Tuscarawas Valley Tourist Association, as well as being recipient of the Paul Sherlock Award, the highest honor given for Ohio Tourism. Dave and his family attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover. He and his wife, Joanne, served as parade marshalls in Dover parades. Dave has been instrumental in retaining the local knife business. Many people have learned about the history of steam, railroads, local steel mills, and the artistic use of proportion and material from the continued preservation work of Dave Warther.
Weaver, Alga "Peg" 1985--Alga "Peg" Weaver retired in 1976 after devoting nearly 50 years to the 4-H Club movement. This organization has local clubs in communities all over the U. S. Each of these clubs of five to fifty members has a leader. With the leader, the youth have picked a project or projects for the year. The most well-known projects have been animal raising. However, there are also projects such as flower gardening, photography, and sewing, a most popular project and the area where Peg was best known. For years and years she was willing to judge and send on to the Ohio State Fair the best of Tuscarawas County youth needle skills. In her work, Peg also served as Tuscarawas County Extention Agent and club advisor. She impacted the lives of countless citizens in these roles.
Wherley, Dr. Benjamin J. 2002--Dr. Wherley graduated from Stone Creek High School. He attended Heidelberg College and the University of Buffalo Medical School, earning his medical degree. He then attended The Ohio State University for his specialty of ophthalmology. He spent two years in the Army and then returned to practice in Tuscarawas County, where his father told him "the best patients in the world reside here." Ben has served with his church and served with Mercy Ships in Guatemala performing sight saving operations.
Wilcoxon, Paula 2000--Paula is a graduate of Claymont High School and Malone College with a degree in communication arts. She was part of the Adelphia Cable 2 Morning Show. She is an excellent interviewer and listener to her on-air guests. She has provided the Historical Society with an extended outreach through her program.
Zimmerman, Donald W. 2000--Don was a respected member of the Ohio Bar Association and has won many accolades over the years. He graduated from New Philadelphia High School, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Case Western Reserve School of Law. He had worked with the Rainbow Connection since 1954, as an officer of the Union Hospital board, a trustee of Kent State Tuscarawas Campus, and the New Philadelphia Rotary.
Zimmerman, Walter E. 1997--Walter was the Director, Vice-President, General Manager, and President of Greer Steel Company in Dover. He served the community extensively with the YMCA, Dover Chamber of Commerce, the Community Improvement Council, and the Dover Board of Education. He served for many years as the Reeves Foundation Executive Director.