Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, July 3 newspaper on Page A1.
WELLSTON — Newman’s Meats and Groceries of Wellston recently celebrated nine decades in business.
The community was invited to celebrate 90 years of service on June 21, with specials and drawings.
The business was established in 1929 by George Newman. Later his brother, Bill Newman, also began working at the store. It is now owned by Bill’s son, Joe Newman.
The Newman family acquired the business from the Scott family which once owned the building, and had operated Scott’s Slaughter House (now Dave’s Butcher Shop) in Wellston.
Joe, who turned 84 years old in March, took over the business in 1962 when his uncle George retired,
though he did work at the store on and off since 1948 on weekends and during summers.
Joe prides himself in the fact that he and his staff, which consists of employees Barbara Sims, Melinda Sheets, Paul Boggs, Sr. and John Boggs, cut all of the fresh meats themselves.
Paul Boggs and his son, John, started at Newman’s in late 2006 and are cousins of Joe. Paul stated that he actually worked at the store back in 1960 when he was in seventh or eighth grade.
Joe Newman told The Courier that he makes his own sausage using a special family recipe handed down to him from his uncle, and it had been handed down to George from his mother (Joe’s grandmother).
Newman, who graduated from Wellston High School in 1954, claims that he learned most of the tricks of the trade from his uncle, though he did attend an eight-week course at the National Meat Cutting School in Toledo in 1958 after serving in the U.S. Navy for four years.
One of the main things that keep customers coming back to Newman’s, according to Joe, is the store’s signature Jackson County veals. The business makes 400 veals a day, six days a week.
Newman’s Meats and Groceries is open on West Broadway Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.