Barbara J. Scott
January 15, 1933 - May 07, 2008
Barbara Joy Waller was born in Newcomerstown Ohio, January 15th, 1933. Her deceased parents were, Eldon H. Waller and Madeline I. Norman also of Newcomerstown. She grew up and attended school in Newcomerstown through the 6th grade. Her father enlisted in the US Coast Guard during World War II and was stationed near San Pedro CA. In order to stay close to him Madeline moved Barbara and her older sister to Los Angeles CA where Barbara attended 7th and 8th grades in El Monte.
When Madeline discovered her two daughters were getting too involved with the local “California Ways”, like smoking and a small tattoo, she remarked, “This is no place to raise kids”, and at the end of the school year they returned to Newcomerstown where Barbara entered the 9th Grade with her old classmates.
Barbara met her future husband Vane Scott, while he was performing in a supper club as vocalist with the band. They were married Nov. 18th, 1951. After their three children were born she was taken into the Scott family parade float & decorating business named “Great Scott” Displays. She was trained in direct sales and toured with the company for the next twenty years. When Vane’s parents died she and Vane took over the company and quickly became the largest parade float and decorating company in America. Some of the events they did were, “Miss America” homecomings, Hollywood motion pictures world premiers, national conventions, National ProFootball Hall of Fame, state and county fairs and centennials. They traveled coast to coast for 20 years.
In 1968 they decided not to travel any more and started the Colonial Flag Co. in Coshocton Ohio, then later sold but continued to manage it as a Division of Annin & Co., largest flag makers in the world. Barbara and Vane were co-managers when they made flags for the United Nations, World Olympic Games, World’s Fairs, Presidential Inaugurals Super Bowl and many other world and national events. Barbara continued to manage the division when Vane began traveling America with his one man show, “Many Faces of Old Glory”. Barbara retired from Annin & Co. in 1995 and since 1991, was President of the Newcomerstown Historical Society till her death in 2008. She made great strides in her new roll and brought the “Temperance Tavern, Cy Young Museum” and the Historical Society into the modern business world. She dreamed of a new Social Center that would help keep the Society in business and ended up creating the now very popular “Olde Main Street Museum & Social Center”. It is a 1904 Midwestern town of 23 store fronts that is actually a museum and display artifacts from the era in the windows. They cater to the tour bus trade and can seat up to 80+ people for lunch or dinner while they sit in the middle of Main St. 1904.
Although Barbara knew she attracted a lot of attention when she walked into a room she never thought she was beautiful. Even during the 1950’s and the 1960’s, when she was being sought by Hollywood, she considered herself a wife, mother and businesswoman but craved no future as a movie star.
Barbara was involved in many things including Secy. of USS Radford Association. The organization she and her husband Vane founded to commemorate Vane’s ship during War World II. They also were instrumental in establishing the USS Radford Nat’l Naval Museum. She was active in many organizations and received many awards. She was a Past President of the Local Rotary Club, Business & Professional Women’s Club. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce she received the Member of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also recognized, with her husband, by the Knights of Columbus as Couple of the Year. She also received, with her husband, the “Zeisberger-Heckewelder Humanities Award” from the Tuscarawas County Historical Society. In 2007 she was “Runner Up” in the Tuscarawas County “Woman of the Year” awards and was elected with her husband, to the “Citizen of the Year Wall” at the local high school.
In earlier years she was a long time member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, (to honor her father’s service in WWII) and served as a Division Officer. She taught boating safety and inspected boats for safety. Before that she was a Cub Scout Den Mother for four years. She and her husband Vane have been recognized numerous times in the US and Ohio Senate and House for their long time work in Patriotism.
Barbara is survived by Vane, her husband of 56-1/2 years, three children, four grandchildren and five great grand children and a brother and a younger sister. She is interred in West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown, Ohio.