Albaugh, Catherine "Katie" 2005--Katie helped organize a local Alzheimer's support group and helped distribute information about the group. She was involved in a fundraising walk each year at Zoar for Alzheimer's. She began working at Belmont Stamping and Enameling at age 18, after her father passed away. She was secretly married for six months so that she could keep her job. Katie was involved in the Tuscarawas County AARP, the Order of Eastern Star, Mobile Meals, and the Dover Study Club. At the time of her award, she had been an election poll worker for 62 years! In 1997 she received the Torgler Award for her contribution to mental health in Tuscarawas County.
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.
Angel, Seth 2018--Seth Angel has had an active role researching the history of Schoenbrunn Village and has a commendable willingness to share that knowledge. He volunteers as a tour guide at the village and also shares his insights with his fellow volunteers. He has a vast knowledge about the site, the Moravian religion, and the Delaware Nation. Although Seth has a wide range of knowledge already, he is always eager to learn more. He has joined Schoenbrunn Village’s Advisory Board to drive further preservation of the village along with working to educate, preserve, celebrate and commemorate Schoenbrunn’s rich history. Seth often takes vacation days from work to help at the village. Seth also works for the benefit of Tuscarawas County’s youth as a local Scout Master. He became a cub master when his son became a scout and his time as a leader grew along with him. He mixes his interests as he gets his scouts involved at Schoenbrunn Village. They provide priceless community service in tasks like stocking wood piles, cleaning cabins, clearing wood and debris, and even constructing 18th century structures. His love of Schoenbrunn is based on his faith in God through the Moravian Church. He is a recipient of The Order of David Zeisberger Award by the Moravian Church for a Distinguished Adult. He is keeping the legacy of David Zeisberger, John Heckewelder, and Schoenbrunn Village alive.
Baker, Jon 2011--Jon Baker is a native of Dennison and a Claymont and Kent State University graduate. Jon has worked at newspapers in Cambridge, Youngstown, Uhrichsville and Dover-New Phila. He writes many local history columns and has written local history books on Feed Springs, Dennison, Tales of the Tuscarawas Valley, and a History of Tappan. Jon has helped with the Soldiers Homecoming Festival in Dennison, served on the board of the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society, the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, and the National Society of Andersonville.
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.
Blasenhauer, Carl 2008--In 1938 Carl Blasenhauer took over his grandfather's plumbing business in Mineral City. He sold the business in 1981 but still helped people, and he always took care of his church's heating system for free. He was the founder of Mineral City's Lions Club. As a member of Mineral City's Board of Public Affairs, he spent many nights working on water and sewer lines in the village. He served on the Board of Education and was active in the Mineral City Historical Society.
Blessings in a Backpack 2022--The local Blessings in a Backpack organization was started in New Philadelphia in 2017. The concept of Blessings in a Backpack is that students who receive free and reduced lunch at school go home on weekends and often do not know if there will be food. The bags are distributed at school on Friday and the children are given food for the weekend. The local program started out small and is made up of all volunteers. The volunteers meet to pack bags and as the program has grown, so has the participation of businesses, youth groups, churches, school classes, and teams that come to the facility to help. By the fall of 2018, the organization was helping over 500 children in New Phila schools. In March of 2020, when the pandemic hit, the organization quickly brought people together to pack and send home bags on the day the schools closed for who knew how long. As the closure extended, special arrangements were made so that the bags were distributed once a week to anyone who needed them, not just to those registered in the program. In May of that year the Blessings organization also began providing weekly bags to the Dover City School system. Blessings in a Backpack faced the challenge of bringing groups together in a COVID world with strict scheduling practices and small groups of helpers, but carried on to feed hungry kids. The program continues on a regular basis in the New Phila schools.
Bonamico, Joe 2013--Joe is well-recognized in the area for his work at Trumpet in the Land. Joe has participated in the drama for many years, and penned his own play, The White Savage, about his historical character, Simon Girty. He shares his knowledge with school children and has appeared in television commercials, on the History Channel, and in the movie Old Fashioned.
Bonamico, Margaret 2003--Margaret is the General Manager of Trumpet in the Land, and has been a part of the outdoor drama for 50 years. Her role as general manager puts in charge of actors and technicians, and in director contact with administrators and the general public. She was also part of the New Philadelphia Bicentennial Committee. Margaret has worked untiringly through good times and bad, rainy weather, and long seasons to create an outstanding cultural icon in the community.
Brown, Jeff 2004--Throughout Jeff Brown's career as an archeaologist and history preservationist, he has made substantive contributions toward preserving the history of Tuscarawas County and the surrounding area. From 1976 to 1981 he administered our area's Regional Archeaological Preservation Office, recording hundreds of sites from the county for the state of Ohio's inventory of archeaoligcal sites. Over the past 25 years he has written successful National Register applications for more than 60 properties. Those in Tuscarawas County include the Frederick Bernhard House, Langlauf House, Rinderknecht House, Cooper House, Deis House--all in Dover, the Norma Johnson Barn, Ragersville School, Zoarville Bridge, and the Johnson Site 11. Brown has authored and co-authored six books. He has served as trustee for the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, the Stark Preservation Alliance, the Canton Palace Theater Association, the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, the Clearview Legacy Foundation and the Law Reed Huss Family Foundation.
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.
Carlisle, Glenn 2004--Glenn is a true leader of our community, focusing on helping others. He organized a neighborhood crime watch program, litter prevention, and recycling effort in the Goshen area. Roads, health, and fire safety were concerns he addressed as township trustee. He served on the Indian Valley School Board 2004 Bond Committee and was a president of the Midvale Elementary PTA. His concern for youth also prompted years of involvement with Boy Scouts and Little League. During his terms as a Tuscarawas County Commissioner, Starlight School became a reality. He also pastored a church for over 50 years. In 1990 he was a part of a Habitat for Humanity team that built a community building in Haiti. He has shared the history of Tuscarawas County with many canoeing enthusiasts on river tours.
Catholic Sisters of Tuscarawas County 2005--Since 1884, hundreds of Catholic Sisters have served the county, including Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Sisters of Divine Providence, Sisters of Holy Humility of Mary, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary. Most have taught in the Catholic schools, but also have served in the community with food pantries, local organizations, and the court system.
College Club of Tuscarawas County 2010--The College Club began in 1910 at the home of Miss Minnie Porter with three goals--promote and perpetuate the college spirit; foster their intelligent interests; and to be a service to New Philadelphia. In their first year they donated $100 towards the site of the library. In 1929 the ladies formed a scholarship program. In 1969 the Club's name became the College Club of Tuscarawas County. The list of presidents of the Club reads like a "Who's Who" of Tuscarawas County women.
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.
Doughton, Dr. Philip and Molly 2008--Molly Doughton is a retired English teacher and one of the first people to propose the Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University. She has been a Girl Scout leader, president of the PTA, and a member of many boards, including the Tuscarawas Valley Guidance Center, and Community Mental Health Care Board. She is a member of the Fort Laurens chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Dr. Doughton served as county coroner for many years. He received the Quaker Foundation Spirit Award for his service to New Phila's athletes.
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.
Donato, Mick 2017--Mick Donato is a retired teacher having taught at Gnadenhutten High School, Indian Valley South High School and Indian Valley High School for 31 years. He was the athletic director at Indian Valley South. He has spent many years in public service in the Twin Cities area. He has served on both Dennison Village Council and Uhrichsville City Council, including three terms as its President. Mick is a past president of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society in the 1970s and a former member of the Claymont Jaycees, the Miss Clayland Pageant, and the National Clay Week Festival Committee. Mick’s knowledge of the Twin Cities and his interest in history has led him to years of service in the preservation of its history. He was an important part of saving the Dennison Depot’s history and starting the museum with his activities for the Dennison Bicentennial Committee. He remains a volunteer at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and serves as a member of the Uhrichsville Clay Museum board. As a member of this board, he volunteers at the museum and at their events to help further the awareness of the museum and works for its expansion. World War II is a topic of especial interest to Mick and he loves to speak to students and adults alike on the importance of the Dennison Depot during the war years. Mick was often a speaker at the Soldiers Fest that used to be held in Dennison. He is also a Polar Express volunteer. Mick is a graduate of Uhrichsville High and Otterbein College.
Dover Historical Society 2004--The Dover Historical Society was founded in 1958. Its first home was the basement of the Dover Public Library. As it grew, the group then rented a room in Memorial Hall. Recognized for its responsibility and concern for preservation in 1975, Greer Steel donated the home of Jeremiah Reeves to the Society. Restoration of the mansion and carriage house took six years. Today tours are given of the home along with historical programming including a 3rd grade program for Dover's schools. They also host a history camp for kids. The Society headed Dover's bicentennial celebration and sponsors travel tours to distant historic spots for their members and guests.
Dover Public Library 2021--The Dover Public Library--beyond being a library offering books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and computer use—offers the residents of Dover and beyond a wide range of programming and activities. This has been a challenge during a pandemic year, but the library has stepped up its game with zoom programs, and regularly scheduled videos to continue to serve the needs of its community. They host events covering topics from local history, nature, health and wellness, fashion, finances, authors, and recycling. The library has created virtual storytime for its children’s department. The teen department has created videos, programming and projects, all to be done virtually to keep their audience engaged during this difficult time.
The Dover Public Library has also taken on the challenge of preserving local history in a collaborative effort with the Dover Historical Society. The two groups have created the Dover Historical Society Archive in the Local History Room on the lower level of the facility. All of the archival material including photographs, documents, booklets, newspaper articles, genealogical material, and other paper items are being moved from the Carriage House of the J. E. Reeves Home to the Archives where it will be organized and more easily accessible for use by the public.
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.
Elsasser, Jon 2010--Jon is a graduate of Canton Lincoln High School, the College of William and Mary, and Howard Business School. He spent 31 years at the Timken Company. He has lived across the world while working at Timken. He is a member of the Board of the Zoar Community Association, the Ohio Erie Canalway Association, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, the Ohio History Connection, and the Tuscarawas County Parks Department.
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.
Farbizo, Tom 2015--Tom Farbizo has been active in the community in many ways since his graduation from New Philadelphia High School in 1963. He has raised hundred of thousands of dollars for the improvements at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium. He was the New Phila athletic director for 12 years. He played football for Woody Hayes at The Ohio State University. He has worked as an educator and in the private sector over the years. He has been recognized by the Tuscarawas County Italian American Citizen of the Year and in the Eastern District Athletic Hall of Fame.
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.
Garman, Kenneth 2006--Kenny was honored for his unselfish service to Tuscarawas County. He had been active in church work for 56 years. He was a Boy Scout Master and delivered Meals on Wheels. As a member of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, Kenny organized fundraisers and displays. He promoted book and calendar sales throughout the county.
Graham, Cheryl Anne 2017--Cheryl Anne Graham is a music educator in the New Philadelphia City School system. She has been touching the lives of students in music for 48 years. She currently teaches vocal music for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade at Central and South Elementaries. An important part of the curriculum is her Veteran’s Day programs. Before becoming the vocal music teacher, Cheryl Anne was the director of the high school marching band. Under her direction the Marching Quakers were a nationally award winning competition band. They received three Bands of America national class titles and numerous BOA Regional class titles. The Quakers were invited to perform in the “We the People 200” parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to celebrate the bicentennial of our nation’s Constitution in 1987. Cheryl and her husband Bill have been active participants in the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) for many years, including being the hosts of more than 50 solo and ensemble contests. Cheryl is an adjudicator in all areas of marching band and large group solo and ensemble events. Cheryl is an avid supporter of community involvement in many different ways. She has her school children perform at the Senior Center, participate in local parades including the Christmas parade. They also perform at the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas in the Park. She and her husband direct the Big Bad Bodacious Brass Band that performs throughout the county at festivals, events, and church services. Cheryl plays the French horn in the Kent Stark band and the Dominic Greco Memorial Band. She serves as the chairperson for the Scholarship Committee for New Phila’s First Town Days Festival. She has received many awards over the years including the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus of Music from the University of Akron, the Quaker Foundation Spirit Award in 2012, the Americanism Award and Teacher of the Year from VFW Post #145, and Teacher of the Year in 2015 from the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl is a graduate of Parma Valley Forge High School and Muskingum College, with a Masters degree from the University of Akron.
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."
Greer Steel 2006--Greer Steel celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2017. The company was founded by Agnes Reeves Greer and her husband Herbert C. Greer. Greer Steel has supported the restoration of the J. E. Reeves Home and Museum, the childhood home of Agnes. Agnes held 25 patents in her name. The company has been instrumental in supporting many projects in Tuscarawas County through the years.
Groh, Glen and Ann 2008--The Groh's are retired educators in the Dover School system. Glen was an administrator. Ann has served on the Board of Trumpet in the Land for many years. Glen is an advocate for Big Brother and Big Sisters, the Forest Day Program, and the Dover Tree Commission. They have volunteered countless hours at Trumpet in the Land over the years.
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.
Haggis, Dr. William 2001--Dr. Haggis served Grace Lutheran Church of Dover for 26 years as senior pastor. In retirement he served the Stone Creek and Evans Creek parishes. He served as president of the Dover-New Phila Ministerial Association, on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity, chairperson of the Delaware Indian Heritage Committee in 1988, on the board of the American Cancer Society, and the board of Community Professional Services. In 1988 he received the "Rotary Quality in Profession Award."
Hamilton, Mary 2016--Mary is a nurse and an employee of Union Hospital for over 50 years, beginning in 1959. She helped set up the newest renovation of the hospital's emergency room. She also helps maintain over 1400 miles of trails for the Buckeye Trails Association. She is a founding member of the Tuscarawas County Parks Department Advisory Committee. She has logged over 2000 volunteer hours clearing trails and has supervised community service workers on the trails.
Hart, Chris 2019--Chris Hart lives near Port Washington and brings a lot of character, and characters, to the award. By profession Chris is a pharmacist and has worked extensively giving presentations on chemical dependency and currently teaches at 7 institutions of high learning on the subject, including Ohio Northern University, the University of Findlay, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy, the University of Toledo, Cedarville University, and The Ohio State University. By passion, Chris is a first-person interpreter and storyteller of history, bringing to life over 50 historical figures--Martin Luther, Sherlock Holmes, Cy Young, along with a canal boat captain and a Titanic survivor--just to name a few. Chris has also worked at Roscoe Village and on Schoenbrunn Village's Sleepy Hollow.
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.
Heil, John 2020--John Heil has managed the historical museum at Gnadenhutten for the past 11 years. His day to day activities include entertaining visitors, training volunteers, and managing the museum. He does maintenance for the museum, concession stand, and other buildings that make up the historical park. He also maintains the 1782 burial mound and mows the grounds. He organizes the museum's events, including the March 8 Remembrance Day, Pioneer Days in August, and Apple Butter Days in October. John works tirelessly to keep the important historical site in the public eye.
Henry, Terry 2022--Terry Henry has been active in the Tuscarawas County community for many years in many roles. He was actively involved in the Miss Clayland Pageant as a member of the Claymont Jaycees. He helped direct and produce the pageants for many years. He began volunteering at Historic Zoar Village in the tin shop in 1990, sharing his knowledge and skills and creating hands-on crafts for children. He has also volunteered at the Dennison Depot’s Polar Express. His most recent and in depth involvement is the EAA Chapter 1077 Educational Building at New Phila’s Harry Clever Airport. He gained permission to build this structure and gathered the donations to fund it. Students at Buckeye Career Center framed the building and the EAA Chapter members completed the inside. A very active program is the Wright Flight program dedicated to teaching children in grades six, seven and eight about aviation. Over 200 students have taken this program at no cost—Terry collects donations to fund the class. One student has even gone on to become an air traffic controller in Pennsylvania. Henry has also arranged for various historic planes to visit the airport to give the public the unique opportunity to see and experience aviation history up close. He has also been involved with raising money for the restoration of the Beach City Baby DC3 airplane that sat abandoned for many years.
Herzig, John 2020--John Herzig is the 3rd generation owner of Toland Herzig Funeral Homes and the originator of the Famous Endings Museum in Dover. It is for his work over the past two decades collection approximately 2500 pieces of funeral related memorabilia, the creation of a museum room, and his civic, community, and church related activities that he is an honored recipient. The collection at the Famous Endings Museum had attracted visitors and bus tours from all over the country to the Tuscarawas County area. He has served on the church council of St. John's United Church of Christ, on the board of Union Hospital, the Citizen's Bank, and the United Way. He has also been involved with the Strasburg Lions Club, the Dover Rotary, Hospice, the Tuscarawas Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society, and the Salvation Army.
Hillyer, Hudson "Hud" 2003--Hud was a lawyer and distinguished justice, and a significant contributer to the culture of Tuscarawas County and Ohio throughout the years. As a judge he received numerous honors and supported many Tuscarawas County organizations with their legal work. He was named the Twin City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1984.
Hisrich, Ray 2018--Ray Hisrich has been the president of the Ragersville Historical Society for over 20 years. His leadership along with many volunteer hours brings wide recognition of this small community. The Ragersville Historical Society was founded in 1979 for the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of Ragersville, Auburn Township, and Tuscarawas County. Over the years the society has diligently collected artifacts, family histories, and genealogical records that are available for viewing and research. In the past year Hisrich and the Society have presented many programs including The Titanic Story, sponsorship of the Memorial Day Observance and Walk, an Ice Cream Social, the Ragersville Homecoming, and the annual banquet in October. The Society is open from June through October and they have saved four historic buildings through the years—the schoolhouse, church, wine cellar, and the general store. Ray has overseen these projects and events.
Hitchcock, Sam 2009--Sam received the award because of his devotion in promoting the area through his work as Chairperson of the First Town Days for the last 10 years (1999-2009). Sam and a large corps of volunteers spend many days and nights leading up to the festival at the park getting ready for the event, which lasts four or five days. He has also been the host and manager of the Summer Showcase held in the park amphitheater each summer over 25 years. Sam has also been the manager of the Park Place Teen Center at the park since its inception. He served the public as a police officer in New Philadelphia and served on the City Council. He has been a member of the board of trustees of Trumpet in the Land.
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.
Hospice 2008--Hospice of Tuscarawas County serves the dying with respect, while serving the family in bereavement and support through difficult times. The organization has many volunteers and fundraising endeavors.
Ice, Brian 2020--Brian Ice has been very involved in canal preservation as part of the Tuscarawas County Canal Lands Committee and as a TUSCParks Volunteer. He has also served as project manager for the restoration of the Lifebridge Community Church on the square in Dover. The stained glass and vaulted beam ceiling of the church have been restored. He also also restored other historic homes and buildings in Dover, including his 1885 home. He has instilled a love and appreciation for history in his children and promotes history throuought the area.
James, John & Jeanie 2016--John and Jeanie have been volunteers for so many things over the years that it is hard to list them all. They have been loyal members of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, donating items--including framing through their business. They have served on the First Town Days Committee and served extensively as judges at car shows. They edit a newsletter for the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club. Jeanie has been a winner in the Betty Crocker Cookoff. They volunteered for the Quaker Foundation and have won the Quaker Foundation Merit Award.
Jenkins, Jeanette 2001--Jeanette Jenkins was recognized for her stellar contributions in the preservation of the history of aviation in Tuscarawas County. She faithfully collected and preserved every piece of history regarding the history of the New Philadelphia Airport and presented this life work to the Tusc Kent Archives. Jeanette received her private pilot's license in 1941 and then went to Texas for WASP training (Women's Air Force Service Pilot.) She was one of 10 women to attend Instrument Instructor School in Bryan, Texas. She spent 18 months as an Instrument Flight Instructor at Las Vegas Air Force Base flying AT-6's and co-piloting B-17's. In later years Jeanette organized annual reunions of the Civilian Pilot Training program at the New Philadelphia Airport. Jeanette retired from the Timken Company.
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.
Jurkovic, Kim 2014--Kim has worked in multiple historical organizations in Tuscarawas County including the Dover Historical Society and J. E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum first as an intern, and then as a tour guide, curator, and site manager. She also worked at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum as curator. She took care of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Archives in New Phila for many years and has previously catalogued with Fred Miller the Quaker Foundation collection when it was housed at Welty Middle School. Kim is the current curator of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society and Tusc Kent Archives.
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."
Kelley, Richard 2013--Richard worked for Marr Knapp & Crawfis Architects and Engineers. He has been a trustee for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Rainbow Connection, and the Dover City Planning Commission. He has also been on the boards of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties Mental Health, the Friends of the Dover Public Library, Union Hospital, Dover Band Boosters, and the Kiwanis Club.
Kelley, Zoe Ann 2022--Zoe Ann Kelley began her service to the greater Tuscarawas County community as a social studies teacher in Tuscarawas Warwick High School, being Teacher of the Year in 1962. She has served as a volunteer on the Union Hospital Auxiliary, with the PTA at New Phila’s South School, and as a Sunday School teacher at the First United Church of Christ. Zoe Ann began her public service career as a polling officer for the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections. She was elected Dover City Auditor in 1983, serving for 16 years. She was presented the Ethics Award in Government by the State of Ohio in 1999. In 1991 the American Association of University Women named her the Woman of the Year and the Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus gave her the Community Service Award. She has served the community on the Foundation Board and Board of Trustees of Kent State Tuscarawas, both for over thirty years. Kelley has also served as president and secretary of other organizations, including the American Association of University Women, T-4-C, and College Club.
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.
Klaiber, Reverend Arnold 2006--Rev. Klaiber came to Tuscarawas County in 1959 when he accepted a call to the First Evangelical and Reformed Church in Sugarcreek. He was a native of New York and attended Heidelberg College. He served the Sugarcreek church for 33 years. He has been involved with the Sugarcreek Ministerial Association, the Rotary Club, the Sugarcreek Arts Council, Garaway Board of Education, and the Buckeye Career Center board. He helped start T-4-C.
Knaack, Charles 2013--Charles was a retired art teacher from Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools. He resided in Historic Zoar Village and served as councilman, mayor, and on the school board. He helped secure the local trail of the Ohio & Erie Canalway in the area. Chuck worked as the volunteer curator of the Zoar Museum and wrote many grants for the Zoar Community Association. He helped plan Zoar Days, a 5th grade history project.
Krocker, Joe 2021--Joe Krocker has a large resume of volunteer work. His greatest interest is as a bicycle enthusiast and this passion has led him to work for the betterment of the greater community to create and support bike and walking trail efforts. He is the president of the Zeisberger Trail and Parks, a group he founded in 2011 to facilitate building trails and parks in the Goshen, Wainwright, Tuscarawas, Gnadenhutten, and Port Washington areas. He is a longtime member of the Warwick Lions Club and helped organize and oversee the building of low cost housing in Tuscarawas for seniors, then serving as president of the Warwick Manor and Lions Manor Housing. Krocker has served on the board of many other organizations including the Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community, the Tuscarawas County Parks Advisory Board, the Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks, and the Committee for the Tusky Days Festival.
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.
Lahm, Richard 2016--Richard has promoted the heritage of Sugarcreek for over 50 years through his involvement with the Ohio Swiss Festival Committee. He is the founder and chairperson of the Fabulous 50s Fling Car Show. He is also active with his church and Garaway Local Schools.
Laurence, George 2010--George is an active member of the Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association and has been awarded their Member of the Year Award. George is involved with Historic Schoenbrunn Village, the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum and its Polar Express, and the New Philadelphia Bicentennial Committee. He restored the "Welcome to our City" sign for the bicentennial and was instrumental in creating the Courthouse displays and the fairgrounds events for the county bicentennial in 2008. His company, Museum Acrylics, makes museum displays for facilities across the nation.
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.
Lile, Honorable Roger G. 2007--Roger has served the community in many capacities throughout the years, including the Quaker Foundation Board, the Tuscarawas County Foundation Board, and leading a rebuilding team to Louisiana following hurricane Katrina with Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He has served with the Boy Scouts and at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus on the Board of Trustees and with the Foundation. He leads in a quiet manner.
Linn Hert Geib Company 2007--The Geib Company was honored for their dedication to so many community building activities. the sponsored the Headstones to History Cemetery Walks, the Remembrances of Downtown Dover and New Phila, and other projects in association with the Tuscarawas County Historical Society.
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.
Marlowe, Jerry 2004--Mention the name Jerry Marlowe in Dover or New Philadelphia and you'll probably get a smile. Jerry hosted a television show, "Wild in the Kitchen" out of Canton and wrote a cooking column for the Times Reporter. He learned the fundamentals of being a druggist and running the family business from his father. Today Jerry is involved in providing medicine to nursing homes. Jerry is a longtime supporter of the Little Theater, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Summer Showcase and Trumpet in the Land.
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, Ann Kirk 2009--Ann Kirk Marsh has been active in many organizations over the years. Perhaps the best known was her involvement in the YMCA, teaching swimming for over 50 years. She has the distinction of being the first woman president of the YMCA Board of Directors. She was awarded the Quaker Foundation Award in 2008. Ann, along with her husband Jack, has provided a Quaker Foundation scholarship for the benefit of New Philadelphia students. Ann is a supporter of the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts and has served on its Education Committee. She is a life member of the Union Hospital Twig organizations. She is a member of the Junior Clionian Club and very active in the First United Church of Christ.
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.
Metzger, Kerry 2019--Kerry Metzger is a long-time public servant from Tuscarawas County and recently retired as Tuscarawas County Commissioner. Along with his public service, Kerry has also been very active in preserving the historical character of Tuscarawas County. By profession Kerry was a dentist turned politician. He spent 31 years as a New Philadelphia Council member, a lawmaker in the Ohio House of Representatives, and Tuscarawas County Commissioner. He learned about community service as a member of the Jaycees. He won his first election in 1986 as the Ward 2 City Councilman. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994 and was there until 2002 when he could no longer serve due to term limits. He then decided to run for County Commissioner. As a commissioner he was involved in the celebration of the county's bicentennial in 2008 and in the most recent restoration of the county courthouse. Metzger takes pride in his work in all of these capacities.
McCue, Larry and Joe Ann 2012--The McCue's have worked tirelessly for the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society. Larry is in charge of the archive building--the caretaker of much of the county's heritage. He constructs shelves and helps catalogue items in the collection. He superintends the transfer from the County to the Society. He helps with publishing the newsletter and books of the Society. Joe Ann heads the library committee. She makes sure the facility is staffed with volunteers. One often finds the McCues at the Society on a Sunday afternoon working on a project.
McInturf, Jan 2019--Jan McInturf is a local realtor. When he started his own realty business, he saved an old Victorian home on Tuscarawas Avenue to turn into his offices. Professionally he has consistently won awards from the Ohio Association of Realtors for sales volume. The Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year in 2017 for his contributions to the community. Jan takes pride in supporting his community and raising his family here. He is a lifelong resident of New Philadelphia and supports the community through the Lions Club, Quaker Foundation, and Tuscora Park board. One of the big ways Jan gives back to the community is through McInturf Realty's Christmas in the Park. Christmas in the Park has been held for the past 22 years (as of 2019), growing every year and attracting a crowd of thousands. The family event is a gift to the community with entertainment, carriage rides through Storybook Lane, park rides, a live nativity, and Santa.
Michels, Robert F. "Bob" 2005--In 1986 Bob Michels was listed as an Outstanding Young Man of America. Bob helped restore and create the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. Bob was also a member of the Claymont Jaycees who helped restore the Civil War monument in Uhrichsville's Union Cemetery. He was named the Twin City Citizen of the Year in 1987. Bob serves on the Dennison Rotary who have undertaken many worthwhile projects in the area. He is a graduate of Claymont High School and Kent State University.
Miller, Charles 2012--As a lifelong member of the John Heckewelder Memorial Church in Gnadenhutten, Chuck has helped preserve many of the documents and collections of the church. He has been an asset to the Tuscarawas County Historical Society by donating hundreds of old post cards and documents to be digitalized for our collections. For decades Chuck has collected, preserved, and shared the county's history. He participated in the archaeological exploration of Gnadenhutten and participated in the Tuscarawas County Bicentennial.
Miller, Fred 2014--Fred was a retired educator, having taught for 6 years, followed by 24 years as a principal at Bolivar Elementary. Beginning in 1997, Fred served as the President of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society. For 14 years he was the Director of the Tusc Kent Archives. He received the Quaker Foundation Community Service Award and the VFW Post 1445 Americanism Award. He was most proud of speaking at 7 Memorial Day Observances throughout the county.
Miller, Jeffrey 2021--Jeffrey Miller passed away in 2019 after leading a life of service to his family and community. He started working at his family business, Miller Studio,Inc., in 1969 at the age of 14. He loved woodworking and became a cabinet maker, eventually opening his own shop, Fieldview Wood Products. He returned to MSI in 2004. Miller was always finding ways to restore and revive old buildings. He helped restore an historic Quaker Meeting House in Jefferson County. He restored his own home from top to bottom, earning it a Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association plaque. In 1996, Miller saved another historic property built between 1825 and 1830 from destruction by moving it to Gibbs Lane, securing a moving company, permission from the city, and arranging for power lines to be moved and roads closed in short fashion. Miller was a huge asset to the Heritage Home Association, serving as vice president, and president for several years. He willingly shared his knowledge with members, sharing a love of history and restoration of historic homes. Miller’s community service included the donation of two patient observation rooms in the Emergency Room at Union Hospital. He was involved with the local Junior Achievement and belonged to the Woodcarvers Association. Miller also served in many local organizations including the Tuscarawas County Republican Party, the Historic Canal Dover Association, the Planning Commission for the city of Dover, and as a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a supporter of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, Pathway to Wellness, and Community Hospice.
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.
Mortine, Wayne and Weldon 2007--Wayne and Weldon Mortine were instrument players in recording the history and prehistory of Tuscarawas County and the State of Ohio. Wayne is a retired grocer from Newcomerstown and active in the Temperance Tavern Museum, the Rotary, and the Newcomerstown Historical Society. He is a longtime member of the Ohio Archaeological Society. Weldon is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He is a volunteer curator for the Ohio Historical Society and spent much time determining the history of the Old Stone Fort west of Newcomerstown.
Mueller, Peggy 2012--Peggy Mueller has lived all over the world, but in retirement she and her husband, Ernie, settled in Tuscarawas County where her father-in-law was the first cheesemaker at the Broad Run Dairy. She has been president of College Club and is involved in genealogical research. She has helped lead tours of the area, travels with an antique car group, and promotes tourism with the Mueller family's involvement in the Ohio Swiss Festival. Peggy volunteers at the First United Methodist Church of New Phila's Clothes Closet ministry.
Myers, C. Bernard "Bernie" 2001--Myers received the award in recognition of his outstanding service to many organizations in Tuscarawas County. At the age of 90, Bernie answered an ad in the Times Reporter to volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tuscarawas County. Bernie was a docent at the Wilderness Center by taking children on trail walks and talks at the Center. He moved to Tuscarawas County in 1956 from Michigan to manage the J C Penney store and served in that capacity for 33 years. He was associated with the Boy Scouts of America for over 70 years. At the age of 90 he volunteered to drive for Mobile Meals.
Newcomerstown Historical Society 2014--The Newcomerstown Historical Society runs the Temperance Tavern Museum that was originally a tavern and inn during the days of the Ohio & Erie Canal. It was also a hiding place on the Underground Railroad. They have a collection of Cy Young and Woody Hayes Memoribilia. The society's Olde Main Street Museum has a replica of an early 1900s village.
Ohio Swiss Festival 2016--The Ohio Swiss Festival began in 1953 to not only promote Swiss Cheese, but also Sugarcreek and Tuscarawas County. They honor the traditions of the Swiss Culture through the weekend festival.
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.
Page, Ann and John 2007--Ann and John Page give generously of their time, talents and resources for the betterment of the young people of Uhrichsville and Mill Township. John founded the Pillars Club and served on the Tuscarawas County Foundation. Ann was a crossing guard for over 20 years. Each year they give scholarships to deserving students and have received numerous awards for their service, including the Senior Adult Heroes Award by former first lady Mrs. Taft.
Patton, Tom 1990--Tom was a graduate of Dover High School and worked for a few years at Shenango Penn Mold before enrolling at Miami University. Upon graduation, he returned home to Dover and began his distinguished career at the Y.M.C.A.
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.
Pieper, Thomas 2011--In the 1960s Tom Pieper did his thesis study at Heidelberg College on Fort Laurens. He expanded the scholarship while a graduate student at Kent State University and the work was published. He has served on the board of the Fort Laurens Reconstruction Committee. He spoke at archeaological digs at the Fort in 1984 and 1986. Dr. Michael Gramly used Tom's work to help with his archeaological exploration. Tom has been at encampments at the Fort with the French Welsch Fusiliers.
RTY, Inc. 2017--RTY, Inc. is a non-profit corporation responsible for the Tuscora Park rides, concessions, amphitheater, and Park Place Teen Center. New Philadelphia Rotarians comprise the RTY Board of Directors and work closely with the city’s park staff to operate and maintain Tuscora Park as a community asset. Any profits from rides or concessions operations are returned to the City Park Board for use at Tuscora Park. Club members are “hands on” every May to do clean up, spread mulch, and plant flowers on the park grounds. The idea for RTY was conceived by Rotarians Rich Geib, Jr. and Art Cunningham. Geib announced at a Rotary meeting that the Tuscora Park Board and the City of New Philadelphia could not get liability insurance for the rides at the park. A small group of men met the next day and formed RTY, Inc. They obtained the needed insurance and have continued to the present to provide the funds that make the park what it is today. In 1988 Rich Geib, Jr. said of RTY, “The whole idea is to give quality fun and entertainment to the community at the lowest possible cost. The only way we’ve been able to do that is through the generosity of our community.” RTY's non-profit status has enabled several millions of dollars in donations to be received from private donors and foundations to acquire amusement rides, preserve and protect the vintage rides, build and maintain park facilities, and build new playgrounds.
Rainbow Connection 2019--In 2017 he Rainbow Connection gave $220,047 in assistance to over 10,000 children and adults in Tuscarawas County. One hundred percent of the donated money to the Rainbow Connections stays in the county. The Rainbow Connection was originally organized in 1950 as the Tuscarawas Society for Crippled Children and Adults. In 1981 it became known as the Tuscarawas Easter Seal Society. In 1992 the organization left the Easter Seal umbrella to continue its mission to serve the people of Tuscarawas County. The Rainbow Connection provides services such as medical supplies and equipment; medical bill and prescription assistance; and technological assistance, along with programming for children with autism; children and adults with cancer, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis; and maternity and infant care programs. The theme of its children's programming is "Giving Children the Hope of Tomorrow." The society is comprised of a dedicated volunteer board of directors.
Reymond, George A. 2005--George is a graduate of Midvale, served as a Marine, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University, becoming a professional archaeologist. George served as the Director of Community & Economic Development for Tuscarawas County. He has lent his expertise to many community projects including the Gnadenhutten Mission House, the Ohio Erie Canal Heritage Corridor & Canal Lands, the Zoar Bridge, Civil War veterans projects, Habitat for Humanity, and was the first director of the Norma Johnson Center.
Riley, Emmet 2009--Emmet Riley has had a 68 year career in education, prioritizing programs and the needs of youth at all levels to develop and sustain literate citizens. He spend 42 years as a full time educator, including elementary and high school teacher, principal, coach, assistant superintendent of Canton City Schools and Superintendent of Dover and Lima Schools. His community service included the Dover Public Library Board Chairman, Junior Achievement Board Chairman, Trumpet in the Land Board Chairman, the Boy Scouts and Masons. He has served extensively on Rotary programs. Emmet visited Schoenbrunn with his father in 1927 when they were uncovering the cemetery there, foster his life long support of local history in the area.
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.
Schlote, Ed & Gale 2003--The Schlotes, alone with members of the Crossbearers Sunday School class, helped establish the Lighthouse Program for junior and senior high school students in New Philadelphia. The program created a wholesome and fun place for the young people in the area to socialize and grow. Ed serves as a church trustee and staff parish member of the First United Methodist Church. He has also been director for the United Way Board. Gale serves as a trustee with the church and as treasurer for Mobile Meals. She is also on the Park Place Advisory Board.
Scott, Vane & Barbara 2003--The Scotts have given their time in so many ways to promote the history of Newcomerstown and Tuscarawas County. Vane and Barbara have been successful business people, owning Great Scott Displays and the Colonial Flag Company. Vane was an accomplished musician and had performed before hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic people with his patriotic program "Many Faces of Old Glory." Barbara is the longtime president of the Temperance Tavern/Cy Young Museum and the Newcomerstown Rotary Club. Vane was a veteran of World War II serving on the USS Radford and opened the USS Radford National Naval Museum in Newcomerstown.
Snyder, Anne C. & Leonard W. 2001--The Snyders were honored for their involvement in the preservation of the history of Tuscarawas County. Leonard worked at the Penn Mold Company and Marlite Company and retired as director of the Tuscarawas County Department of Human Services. Anne and Leonard are 50 year members of the Order of the Eastern Star where they served in leadership positions and have served Mobile Meals as officers. Anne was the former librarian at Strasburg and New Phila Schools and with the New Phila Public Library. She began the Tuscarawas County Historical Society's newsletter, The Chronicler, in the 1980s and has been a faithful member of the Society for many years. Leonard has served on the board of directors of the historical society.
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.
Stafford, Brenda 2021--Brenda Stafford and Candace Wilson are retired teachers from Midvale Elementary. The two of them have been instrumental in preserving the rich history of Midvale and serving their community. They are the founders of the Mine-ding Midvale’s History Group. Together Stafford and Wilson created three books regarding Midvale’s past with the help of their students. The books are: “Mine”ding Midvale’s History 1889-2003, Re”mine”ding Midvale’s History, and “Mine”ding Midvale’s Schools: The Tradition Lives On. These two educators came together to tell the stories of Midvale as they realized as the older generation passed away, their stories went with them. Stafford and Wilson are also active members of their respective churches and very involved in the programming of each.
Stauffer, Bruce and Suzanne 2014--The Stauffers share a lifetime of giving to Tuscarawas County. They have been involved in the Sugarcreek Community, with the Ragersville Historical Society, and with agricultural organizations in tireless efforts for the county. Both have been educators and Suzanne was a reference librarian. All the while, they kept Echo Valley Farm and hosted a Young Farmers tour in the 1980s.
Stokey, William and Linda Family 2015--The Stokey family has invested much into the economic growth of the area with their company Allied Machine and Engineering Corporation. The company was formed in 1941 by Harold Stokey and continues today with his sons and grandsons. The company's dedication to Project Lead the Way spearheads working relationships with local industries, foundations, and schools in Tuscarawas County to provide advanced training to teachers and students enrolled in the program. To date, $963,000 had been raised for the program.
Stoughton, Gerald 2017--Gerald (Jerry) Stoughton is a history and historic preservation enthusiast. He has been a member of the Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association since its inception in 1976, holding many officer positions over the years, and is the group’s unofficial historian. Jerry knows how and where to find information on Tuscarawas County’s century homes and buildings. In his spare time Jerry has used this passion and knowledge to restore 3 Victorian homes in New Philadelphia. Just when he completed his first home, he bought another one, saving it from demolition. As a history enthusiast, Jerry collects many different items and often shares these collections in displays at the Tuscarawas County Public Library. He gives presentations to local organizations on these collections. His interests include hats, vintage fashion, shoes, antiques, and decorative eggs. He also enjoys sharing his collections and information about Heritage Homes at the annual T-County Patriot History Rally for kids at the New Towne Mall. He creates displays and a scavenger hunt to make learning history fun. Jerry’s other activities include the Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County. He has served on the Board of Directors, performed in plays, helped with costuming and set design, and worked in other theater aspects. He has been awarded the prestigious Marquee Club Award and been designated a “Member for Life.” Jerry was very involved in the activities of the New Philadelphia Bicentennial. He researched and led walking tours of the city for the bicentennial celebration that went through 3 different historic corridors. He helped with the Hunt for History Project, the Bicentennial Dinner Dance, and other projects associated with the event. Jerry’s professional career had been as a foreign language teacher in 5 Ohio school districts, 4 of them in Tuscarawas County. He is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in French and English.
Strickling, Patricia & Thomas 2004--Patti and Tom are teachers for the Strasburg-Franklin School District. Patti teaches Art K-12 to more than 400 students a week. Tom teaches Industrial Arts grades 7-12. They are involved many historical activities as members of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, Dennison Depot Museum, Dover Historical Society, the Model T Ford Club International, and the National First Ladies Library, where Patti serves on the Education Committee. The couple are perhaps best known as one of the driving forces behind The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association. Patti helped prepare the "Historic Self-Guided Tours of New Philadelphia" pamphlet. They both served on the New Philadelphia Bicentennial Committee with Tom acting as chairman and emcee for the New Philadelphia Bicentennial Dance, and Patti organizing the Bicentennial Garden Tour for New Philadelphia. Tom was also instrumental in stopping the rezoning and demolition of one of New Philadelphia's most notable historic neighborhoods. His hobbies are varied but he is especially interesting in collecting and restoring antique clocks of all types.
Swigart, Agnes 2011--Agnes Swigart is the retired assistant dean at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus and is active in the Chestnut Society to support local campus programs and scholarships. She has served on the Union Hospital Board of Trustees, the Planning Committee of an organization to provide defibrillators in Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Harrison Counties, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and the board of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic. Agnes' efforts make Tuscarawas County a better place.
Taylor, Michael 2015--Mike Taylor has accomplished much to make Tuscarawas County a better place to live and raise a family. He served as mayor of New Philadelphia. His list of activities includes the Community Improvement Corporation, The Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, Little Theatre, Tuscarawas County University Foundation, New Philadelphia Business and Community Association, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, Policy Committee of the Stark, Wayne, and Tuscarawas Joint Solid Waste District, and the Quakers for Excellence Communications Committee. He is very active in his church and an avid collector of New Philadelphia memorabilia.
Trumpet in the Land 2009--2009 marked the 40th year since the inception of Trumpet in the Land. Individuals who have assisted Trumpet through the years have been recognized with the Zeisberger Heckewelder Award, but never the entire organization. It is fitting that in its 40th year, through many trials with the economy, Trumpet still tells the story of Tuscarawas County's founding along with the story of the lives of David Zeisberger and John Heckewelder. We give the award in appreciation of all the people who have served on the Trumpet Board of Directors over the years, the vision of Rachel Redinger, the writing of Paul Green, the thousands of cast and crew, and the leadership of Margaret and Joe Bonamico.
Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts 2020--The Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that contributes to the area's individuals, schools, and organizations to enrich and grow a creative vision. They offer a variety of ways to help the community reach its creative potential with visual arts, dance, theater, music, pottery, and computer graphics. Classes are offered for adults and children and the center has gallery exhibits, receptions and events. The Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts includes two buildings and a permanent gallery.
Tuscarawas County Convention and Vistors Bureau 2011--The Tuscarawas CVB promotes the county and its many historic sites and attractions to visitors from across the globe. They work with bus groups and newspaper writers, attend conventions and meetings, and spend time out and about to promote the area.
Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association 2015--The Tuscarawas County Heritage Home Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the architecturally and historically significant homes, buildings and neighborhoods throughout Tuscarawas County since 1976. Its mission is to develop and encourage interest within the community to preserve historical structures and cultivate awareness and appreciation of our local heritage. The Tuscarawas County Board of Realtors decided to develop a heritage home project for the American Bicentennial in 1976 with the help of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society by recognizing the oldest homes and buildings in the county. The organization also provides opportunities for education about historic preservation and restoration.
Tuscarawas Philharmonic 2018--The Tuscarawas Philharmonic has been entertaining Tuscarawas Countians for over 80 years. According to their website, “The mission of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic is to provide and exceptional musical experience for its audience and musicians alike, to foster knowledge of and appreciation for great music and to engage and inspire musicians with unique performance and educational opportunities. The Philharmonic also endeavors to establish itself as a long term and essential contributor to the cultural fabric of our community.” The Philharmonic began in 1935 with rehearsals on Monday evenings. The conductor was Gilbert Roehm, a young graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory. He created small orchestras in several towns and then drew those people together to create a full symphony. By the 1940s the group had 70 members and received support from the Community Funds of Dover, New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville and Dennison. In the 1950s and 60s, the Philharmonic operated a summer camp at Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake. Roehm conducted the orchestra for 27 seasons, resigning in 1964. The current conductor, Eric Benjamin, became Music Director/Conductor in August of 1997. Today the Philharmonic includes the orchestra and adult and children’s choruses.
Van Fossen, Erin L. 2005--Erin has overcome many adversities in her life. She has a master's degree in Vocational Administration from Kent State University and has worked many years at the Buckeye Career Center. Erin also works with the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Tuscarawas. She co-chaired the New Philadelphia Bicentennial Committee and edited the book New Philadelphia in Vintage Postcards. She helped get the "Welcome to Our City" sign rebuilt on the square.
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.
Volkert, Russell 2015--Russ Volkert has been a leading proponent for the Canal Dover Association's renovation project along the river bank for a number of years. He has applied for and received grants for the project. He has also collected a treasure trove of Dover's early years. He is a life member of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society and has donated historical photos of Dover and its fire department to the Tusc Kent Archives. He promotes Dover's past with several downtown walks for the Dover Public Library. He has worked to bring a canal walkway through Dover and is the inspiration behind the reconstructed Canal Dover Toll Booth on Front Street that was swept away in the 1913 flood.
Wagner, Shirley Kimmel 2006--Mrs. Wagner is a graduate of Muskingum College and a retired teacher. She has been a quiet symbol of support for many organizations across Tuscarawas County. She supports the Summer Showcase at Tuscora Park, the Philharmonic, the Tuscarawas Center for the Arts, the Little Theater, and is a life member of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, the Dover Historical Society and Trumpet in the Land. She sponsors a scholarship to Muskingum University in honor of her father through the Quaker Foundation. She received the Alumni Award from Muskingum in 2005.
Wallace, John 2018--Pastor John Wallace came to Tuscarawas County in 2009 to be the pastor at Dover First Moravian Church. He quickly became involved at Schoenbrunn Village and loves to tell the story of David Zeisberger. He is often found at events in the village, dressed in period attire in the church of the mission. Along with being a tour guide and involved in group tours, he participates as a volunteer in the Colonial Trade Faire, Lantern Tours, the Easter Sunrise service and Christmas season Love Feast. He has been recognized as the Schoenbrunn Village volunteer of the year. Besides his volunteer work at the village, Pastor John is involved in many other community projects that continue to make Tuscarawas County a better place to live. He helped organize and promote Sole Purpose which provides shoes and socks to elementary school children in the county. He has been involved with the Tulip Sales to beautify the community and support the Union Hospital Cancer Center. He helped organized the Good Friday Cross Walk between Dover and New Philadelphia. He directs the Sidewalk Chalk event in Downtown Dover for the elementary children. Pastor John is very active with the Tuscarawas County Food Bank and spends many hours there volunteering. He organized the “Grace in the Valley” event that commemorated the 175th anniversary of Dover First Moravian church, the 100th anniversary of the Dominic Greco Band, and the first 4th of July celebration in the United States. The concert featured music from the Revolutionary era to the present day. He has led the youth and adults in his congregation on mission trips, organized a “Water for Flint” drive, and referees Pee Wee Football.
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.
Welsch, Frederick 2018--Frederick Welsch has a keen interest in history and a love of music. He holds a Master’s degree in music education and taught vocal and instrument music in the Tuscarawas County school systems for 31 years, including 23 at Garaway. In 1972 he instituted the first Garaway Band Preview which continues to this day. He served as choir director at the Sugarcreek First United Church of Christ for many years and he was the orchestra director for the 1971 Little Theater production of “Hello Dolly”, the longest running Little Theater production. He has served on the Ohio Swiss Festival Committee, and has been Entertainment Chairman. He has played the alp horn at the festival and still teaches Garaway students to play it so the tradition can continue. In 2002, he organized the Garaway Alumni Band to perform at the 50th Swiss Festival.
Fred has cultivated his love of history through his memberships in the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, the Port Washington-Salem Historical Society, the Ragersville Historical Society, the Sugarcreek Museum Association, and the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society. He is working to gather the musical history of the Port Washington community for that society. Fred possesses a wealth of information from his lifetime and is also gifted with memories gleaned from his ancestors in the area.
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.
Wilson, Candace 2021--Candace Wilson and Brenda Stafford are retired teachers from Midvale Elementary. The two of them have been instrumental in preserving the rich history of Midvale and serving their community. They are the founders of the Mine-ding Midvale’s History Group. Together Stafford and Wilson created three books regarding Midvale’s past with the help of their students. The books are: “Mine”ding Midvale’s History 1889-2003, Re”mine”ding Midvale’s History, and “Mine”ding Midvale’s Schools: The Tradition Lives On. These two educators came together to tell the stories of Midvale as they realized as the older generation passed away, their stories went with them. Stafford and Wilson are also active members of their respective churches and very involved in the programming of each.
Youngen, Lowell 2010--Lowell became the volunteer director of the Alpine Hills Historical Museum in Sugarcreek upon his retirement from Brightwood Motors. He worked tirelessly to restore display cases and update displays. He was a member of the Ragersville and Tuscarawas County Historical Societies. He spend 27 years volunteering for the Ohio Swiss Festival and started the first Arts and Crafts Show there. He was a member of the Sugarcreek Village Council, the Garaway Scholarship Committee, and started a 4-H Club in Sugarcreek. He was also very involved in the First United Church of Christ in Sugarcreek.
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.
Zion, John 2017--John Zion has been a loyal supporter of Tuscarawas County in many ways over the years. He served as a County Commissioner from 1988 to 2000 and in that capacity created a lasting legacy through many projects. He was one of the commissioners who made the decision to place a levy on the ballot for the restoration of the 1882 Tuscarawas County Courthouse. As the restoration work was completed, he chronicled the process with over 500 photographs. He and his fellow commissioners also created the Norma Johnson Conservation farm, a valuable resource in Tuscarawas County. In 1976 John assisted the New Philadelphia Bicentennial celebration by heading the “Then and Now” photo booklet to capture the heritage of the town. He has been president of the New Philadelphia Lions Club and has served as the chairperson of the Class of 1946 Reunion Committee. He announced football and basketball games for the New Philadelphia Quaker Club and received the Quaker Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. John is a 1946 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. He served in the Army following graduation at occupied Yokohama, Japan. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1952 with a degree in history. He taught at Strasburg, Northwestern in Wayne County, and New Philadelphia High Schools until 1966 and then became Secondary Supervisor in the Tuscarawas County Schools. He was president of the Northeast Ohio School Supervisors from 1976-1977, serving 20 Ohio counties. John was an inspiration to his students and his love for history was infectious.
Zoar Community Association 2003--The ZCA formed in 1967 to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of the village of Zoar. Through their leadership and financial backing, they have restored the Zoar Schoolhouse and the Zoar Town Hall. The restored Town Hall serves as the offices of the village and also houses a unique museum telling the story of the Zoarites' involvement in the building of the Ohio Erie Canal.