1968: Hubbard businesses accused of violating Sunday closing laws

This week in history

99 years ago in 1918:

• One of the proprietors of the Paris Cafe on South Park Avenue, who got his name in the papers in connection with the raiding of a gambling place over his restaurant, was missing.

Poulos was alleged to be “in” on a deal with Akron gamblers who came here and fixed up a place. He had a push bell to use in the cafe in case any “bulls” made their appearance in the vicinity. He endeavored to interfere with the officers on the night the raid was made, but was prevented from giving the signal to the group of men upstairs.

Poulos had been on duty at the restaurant that night, put the receipts into his trousers and skipped. Thomas Fagadore, his partner, could not tell how much money he took, but by the slips for meals served it was somewhere between $400 and $500.

Poulos also left market and grocery men with whom he traded stuck for accounts ranging from $50 to $100.

50 years ago in 1968:

• Three Hubbard store managers were released on their own recognizances and scheduled for preliminary hearings in mid-March in Municipal Court on charges of violating Sunday closing laws.

The three representing Lawson’s, Hubbard Family Foods and Valu-King, pleaded innocent to charges that they disregarded Blue Laws. The charges were made by three local ministers.

Lawson representatives were slated to appear March 14, Family Foods was set for March 18 and Valu-King, March 25. Each hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the respective dates.

Filing suit against the markets were the Rev. Harry Hull, pastor of the First Methodist Church, Valu-King; the Rev. Phillip Thorne, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Lawson’s and the Rev. William Slates, pastor of Hubbard Grace Lutheran Church, Family Foods.

25 years ago in 1993:

• A thin wisp of alfalfa that separated Cardinal Middle School eighth-grader Lisa Avalon from fourth-grader Talya Havice was not because the two Middlefield students were bringing in harvest together. It was alfalfa as in a-l-f-a-l-f-a, the wining word in the school district’s spelling bee at Jordak Elementary. Avalon, 14, finished ahead of Havice, 9, Randy Thompson, 12, and about 30 other class winners in the competition for fourth through eighth grade. Avalon and Thompson attended the middle school, while Havice went to Parkman Elementary.

“It was fun. I was excited to win,” said Avalon. It was her second year in the school’s spelling bee championships.

“I just studied the book and I guess that’s what I’ll do for the next one.”

Avalon moved on to the district competition at Painesville Riverside High March 25 where she was to compete against spellers from Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties.

10 years ago in 2008:

• Someone used a doggy door to get into a northwest side home where video games, jewelry, boots and money were stolen.

A woman called police to report the burglary at about 3 p.m. saying she had left her home at 7 a.m. and returned at 2:30 p.m. to find many items missing.

She said the burglar crawled through a doggy door at the back of the house and left through a back door.

The woman said she suspected a friend of her juvenile son committed the crime.

The items missing included X-Box, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable video game systems, 18 games, a woman’s gold watch, boots and $80 in change.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart