Sam and Evan Kready, the current owners of the former Lydick Building in Newcomerstown — in more recent years known as Schrickel Chiropractic — have purchased a property rich in Newcomerstown history.
The original structure they’ve recently aquired was a wood building that dates to around 1878. Records of the building have not matched up with recorded dates, but that is because the wooden structure burned to the ground in 1906 and was rebuilt in 1907 as a brick structure.
At that time, the location even had two addresses as there were double store fronts. The building now goes only by 223 Main Street.
Prior to Dent Lydick having the brick building reconstructed, the older building was dubbed the Wood Building. Sam and Evan recently opened the Treasure Trove which is a thrift and consignment shop offering similar items to what may have been sold in the Lydick Building over the last 143 years.
Many businesses have been housed in this building since 1878. First a furniture store, then an undertaking parlor, which is now called a funeral home. Mr. Lydick was a mortician and dealt in the furniture business which is what many undertakers did at that time.
Some of the other businesses to call the Lydick Building home were auto sales, grocers, a radio service, clothing store, dry goods, as well as a fraternal organization — the Knights of Phythias. A highlight for the day was from 1942 to 1956 when Miss Twila McElroy had a counter within the clothing store housed there at the time. Miss Twila was a millinery — a designer of hats — and this would have been quite elite for the ladies of our village. The late Henry Schrickel acquired the building later, and operated his chiropractic office, rented the apartments to tenants, and provided space to other businesses from the early 1970s through the 1990s.
There is an accounting of all the businesses, owners, and the time period of each store’s existence as part of the Lydick Building and many more area businesses/properties at the Newcomerstown Public Library located at 123 E. Main Street. Gary Little was instrumental in gathering and documenting this information.
Evan and Sam have added their stamp to the building as well, offering a myriad of items such as: antiques, hardware, power tools, furniture, glassware, movies, comics, games, watches, clocks, and so much more. New items are also available in the store and are ones that will save you a trip out of town such as soaps, sanitizer, etc.
“There is something for everyone, and if we don’t have it, we will find it for you,” Sam said. “We do some consignments – buy and sell, and will deliver locally for a small fee. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as PayPal and Venmo. If you visit the Treasure Trove Facebook Page and see something you want to purchase but aren’t local; we can ship directly to you.”
Evan and Sam have been residents of the Newcomerstown area for four years, and they have a daughter, Rachel, 9 months old.
Sam shares: “after we purchased the property a few years ago, we knew we wanted to renovate the four apartments on the second floor and formulate a plan for the third floor, which was a dance/social hall. Evan and I buy estates and often the houses as well to remodel and flip or rent so we begin accumulating many antiques and other neat items from the homes we have acquired over the years. I opened the first floor for a yard sale during the Newcomerstown Yard Sales weekend earlier in the Summer, and did very well. Visitors asked if we would be open every weekend, and we decided to go for it. We both work through the week with our property management/construction business, and I save a few days here and there to attend auctions, and gather new items to offer in the Treasure Trove.”
Sam and Evan’s love for treasure hunting is how they met. Sam started digging at age 12 as she had a passion for saving history. She is Ohio born and raised and loves the narration of the area. She has been involved in helping people recover lost items such as rings, keys, and other metal objects lost at one time or another. She developed the Civil War Preservation Project of Ohio (CWPPO) with the goal of locating evidence of the battles fought and areas traveled through the American Civil War between General John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate cavalry troops and elements of the Union Army and Ohio militia troops.
Evan also has a love for metal detecting and the past. They both ended up on the same dig together several years ago, and the rest is history. The recovered historical materials Sam and her team have found were donated to local museums through the historical society of the county they were found for displays to educate visitors about this little-known Civil War event.
Evan explains: “Sam has found a neat way to offer top notch items to Newcomerstown, and surrounding communities, and the proceeds will beautify our Main Street building, as well as offer four renovated apartments in the near future, and for the ballroom on the third floor – we are definitely open to suggestions.”
Sam ends by saying: “The Treasure Trove is open weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but if the doors are open – stop at 223 Main Street in Newcomerstown and see our offerings. In addition, if you want to make an appointment to shop, you may call 330-260-8747. Our prices are very reasonable as we care about the community and citizens, and we want our items to be affordable to all. If you are looking for something in particular, or if you have items to sell, please contact me. I encourage you to visit our Facebook Page – The Treasure Trove, and enjoy a glance of our inventory. We have felt a very welcome vibe in the community and as a part of the Main Street family of businesses, and we want the chance to become more involved, and to meet as many of the locals as we can. If you want to talk history; we would love that too.”