This week in history

99 years ago in 1919:

For the first time, there was no visible signs of strike around the steel mills of Youngstown. No pickets were at any of the mills and great crowds were going to their work. The most stubborn were returning to work. Despite the scarcity of coal, the mills were maintaining their regular schedule of last week.

Chief of police Watkins released 50 members of the American Legion from strike duty because it was said the men would not be needed since the strike had apparently ended.

50 years ago in 1968:

William J. Copich, newly chosen architect for the new Trumbull County Fairgrounds, and members of the board’s building committee agreed at the Trumbull Agricultural Society’s annual meeting to travel to Bowling Green and Findlay to view modern fairgrounds and consult with a nationally known fair planner.

The group visited the four year-old Wood County Fairgrounds at Bowling Green and consulted with Gaylord Lewis of Findlay, who laid the original plans for the new Bazetta Township Fairgrounds.

The delegation, including Louis Majick, chairman of the building committee, was expected to review the plans with Lewis before Copich began the drawings for the grandstand and other fair buildings to be erected on the 130-acre site at the former Trumbull Experimental Farm.

25 years ago in 1993:

Some union members of General Motors Corporation’s Lordstown complex wanted the automaker to explain an August memo outlining the company’s local tax abatements approved for another year.

The memo outlined the reduction of as many as 2,900 jobs over the next few years contradicting the agreement in which the company promised to maintain existing jobs, the group of union workers represented by Youngstown attorney, Staughton Lynd, said. The memo and a letter from Lynd asking refusal of the abatements until the company had presented itself through a responsible officer, led to the meeting of the Trumbull County Tax Incentive Review Council.

Trumbull County Commissioner Arthur U. Magee said one option would be to revoke the abatement. Magee also said the company should get the chance to explain the memo.

“We don’t want to go into this with a negative attitude,” he said. “We need them to produce jobs, but they have an obligation to the public.”

10 years ago in 2008:

The Warren Family Mission served an early Thanksgiving dinner, including 800 boxed meals to people unable to get out and 2,000 at two locations on Elm Road NE and West Market Street.

People packed the dining hall for the meal: turkey, bread, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, which began at noon on Elm Road. Kitchen manager Wesley Cater Sr. noticed more families coming through the doors than in previous years.

“Times are tough. Flat out. Times are tough,” he said.

The stuffing seemed to be the favorite among the children in the room. It was up to the kitchen staff to cook up 780 pounds of stuffing alongside 300 pounds of corn and 2,500 pounds of turkey.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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