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NEWTON TOWNSHIP Officials will mark historical settlement



Published: Thu, September 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The township marks a special year in history.

NEWTON FALLS -- In recognition of Newton Township's bicentennial, trustees will hold a historical marker dedication ceremony near the site on which the township's first settlers lived.

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hallock-Young and Hallock-Sook Roads. The public is invited to the unveiling of the state historical plaque, which will commemorate the township's 200th birthday.

J.D. Britton of the Ohio Historical Society and Wendell F. Lauth of the Trumbull County Historical Society will participate in the ceremony. Also participating will be state Sen. Timothy Ryan; Trumbull County Commissioner Michael J. O'Brien; and Trustees Delbert Woloski, George Prelac and Peter Augusta.

Alexander and Sarah Sutherland arrived in Newton Township in 1802 and settled on 205 acres near the Mahoning County line. Alexander was active in county and local governments for more than 30 years, serving as the second Trumbull County recorder (1813-1821) and the first elected county surveyor (1832-1835).

In addition to working briefly as a teacher in Warren, he served three terms as a trustee and one term as clerk. He provided early postal services and was justice of the peace for many years. With another early settler, Ezekiel Hover, Sutherland was credited with marking the first path from this wilderness area to the mills of Youngstown.

The township will also introduce its new official seal designed as part of the bicentennial observance by Elizabeth Traina, a graphics design student at Youngstown State University. The seal reflects Newton Township's enduring ties to its agrarian economy and the existence of early grist, paper, lumber and woolen mills along the Mahoning River.




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