This week in history

99 years ago in 1919:

The Tribune revealed suggestions taken by readers for the use of money left in the county War Chest.

Two suggestions receiving the most serious consideration were the erection of an auditorium as a permanent memorial to those serving in the world war and the other was a maternity hospital as a memorial.

After presentation to the Army and Navy Union by Chaplain A.A. Nellis, who felt the funds contributed by the citizens of Trumbull County for the good of men in the service, the citizens ought to be able to express their feelings concerning its disposition. Every man present at the meeting thought the money should be used for the benefit of those who had served, or who might be in immediate need or their families.

Another suggestion was that the money might be used in a permanent fund in the hands of the trustees and the principal to be loaned to those who might be enabled to purchase a home.

The committee was expected to confer with a similar committee from the American Legion and also to receive definite statement from the Army and Navy Union.

50 years ago in 1968:

An attempt by several Warren city councilmen and the city administration to push through council legislation establishing a city personnel department and hiring a full-time director failed.

An ordinance creating the department and the director’s post was presented to the council in a closed-door caucus from which the press was asked to leave. It was presented to Councilman-at-large Robert Holmes (D) and Councilman Sam Rizzi (D-6th Ward) and had the approval of Warren mayor Raymond E. Schryver.

Under the ordinance provisions, the personnel department would consist of a director and an executive secretary. The director would be paid $10,800 annually and be appointed by the mayor. The new director would have the responsibility of supervising all matters of employee relations within the city and would be the bargaining agent in city-employee labor negotiations and arbitrations.

Council had refused in the previous month to get involved in any labor negotiations with employees, claiming it was the responsibility of the mayor, who had been in negotiations with employees since August when the union had threatened to strike against the city.

25 years ago in 1993:

A new book published by a Trumbull County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, “19th Century Voice of Trumbull County” written by local historian and president of the Niles Historical Society Grace Allison, was expected to be released.

“Genealogists are not only interested in dates and family histories, they want to know what their ancestors did, what their lives were like,” Maureen Hyde, a past president and member of the Genealogy Society said.

The book contained information gleaned from old newspapers, including personal correspondence, eyewitness accounts of historical events, society announcements and even advertisements that gave the readers an idea of what life and survival were like in this country from the 1800s to the 1900s.

Hyde sad the genealogical society decided to sponsor the publication because along with its historical focus, it also was valuable to genealogists and those interested in researching family trees.

10 years ago in 2008:

A West Farmington resident, Pearl Westfall, 79, had made 29 quilts over the past year to give to residents at Burton Healthcare. Her daughter-in-law, Heather Westfall, said her mother-in-law had started the quilts in December 2007 right after Christmas and had worked on them each day throughout the year. The family, including Heather and her son, Mitch, spent Christmas Eve distributing the quilts to nursing home residents.

“This is the second year she has done this. She has always quilted but ran out of people in the family and friends to make them for,” Heather Westfall said.

She particularly wanted to make quilts for those who did not have any family or friends at the holidays, making sure they would receive at least something for Christmas. She made quilts for both men and women using a block patch quilt style of different colors to fit over a single bed.

Pearl said she was happy to be able to help make the holiday season brighter for others and her family said they were proud of her dedication.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart