Sunday theater openings result in arrests

99 years ago in 1915:

l The streets of Warren thronged with people Sunday when, as promised, the four local managers of picture playhouses attempted to open for business. From 1 to 2 p.m., the crowd upon the streets began to grow larger for the first show.

Promptly at 2:30 p.m., an officer appeared at the Duchess Theater and took the manager and assistant manager to the mayor’s office. Shortly after, officers arrested the managers of Dreamland Theater, the Opera House and the Crescent. The entire party was kept in the city hall while the prosecutor prepared warrants for their arrests.

Following the announcement in Saturday’s paper of the intention to open the shows “on trial,” a great deal of interest was manifested in the case and its outcome.

l Citizens are making complaints about a women whose husband, according to her, is ill. She has to support him and the family, and has taken up the sale of the medicine as a means of securing enough money to pay expenses.

Her story has touched many hearts and the pockets of nearly everyone. A man came into the Tribune and told the story.

However, he stated that some of those who were interested in the case had started an investigation.

They found the husband who was supposed to be suffering from tuberculosis to be working every day, and the family was well-fed and -clothed.

The man said he knew the woman but refused to disclose her name.

He wishes the story to have publicity to prevent others from purchasing the liniment out of sympathy.

50 years ago in 1964:

l The new John F. Kennedy 50-cent piece in commemoration of the late president of the United States will be distributed to the two banks in Warren, Union Savings and Trust Co. and Second National, later this week.

Bank officials report that the first distribution will be limited and in order to accommodate the greatest number of customers, amounts will be kept to a minimum.

Later, the new 50-cent Kennedy half-dollars will be plentiful.

Allocation of the new half-dollars will be in ratio to the size of the banks.

25 years ago in 1989:

l Students in the multi-handicapped class at Labrae’s Vaughn Elementary School received handmade gifts from the Warren Rotary Club. The club donated 65 pieces of wooden equipment that will be used in therapy and teaching programs with the students.

Susan Shutrump, occupational and physical therapy supervisor for the Trumbull County Board of Education, said Vaughn was in dire need of the equipment because it is the newest multi-handicapped unit in the county.

Most of the children suffer from motor and communication problems and the equipment enhances those skills.

More than 100 Rotary members took part in the project, and some businesses donated supplies.

10 years ago in 2004:

l Michael Benich signed his first autograph shortly after winning the 13th annual Tribune Chronicle-Scripps Howard Spelling Bee.

Fellow contestant Jeremy Lucas, representing Cortland Elementary School, who dropped out midway through the competition, asked Benich for his John Hancock, telling him how he admired the older competitor’s smarts.

His father, Jim Benich, said his son did not study spelling to prepare but instead prayed.

Benich beat 13-year-old Jordan DiBell of Neal Middle School, who misspelled “aerosol” after 15 rounds.

He defeated 51 students from area schools to win the champion distinction at Kent State University Trumbull Campus.

As a reward for his No. 1 finish, Benich will spend a week in Washington, D.C., representing Trumbull County in the 2004 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

l Youngstown State University football fans once again may be able to pop the top on their favorite brew at tailgate parties in the parking lot surrounding Stambaugh Stadium.

State Rep. Kenneth A. Carano, D-Austintown, has introduced a bill that would permit open containers at those autumn festivities.

A House panel held a hearing on the bill that created a special liquor permit for tailgate parties.

Carano said YSU police Chief John Gocala spoke in favor of the bill.

A YSU spokesman confirmed that if the bill passes, officials will permit alcoholic beverages at tailgate parties next fall.

School officials banned drinking at tailgate parties for the last home football game of 2003 after the student newspaper, The Jambar, published an article questioning the legality of allowing open containers at three stadium parking lots.

l The accomplishments of women from all walks of life were noted at the 18th annual Women’s History Month celebration held with representatives from more than 27 local women’s organizations and groups attending.

Martha Ellers, treasurer and historian of the Trumbull County Women’s History Committee, said history has traditionally focused on political, military and economic leaders and events and excluded women’s important contributions.

The aim of Women’s History Month is to include women’s lives and stories to help in creating a deeper and more relevant appreciation of American history.

Each year at the dinner, the committee presents re-enactments of historical figures from Ohio.

This year, E. Carol Maxwell and Lana Eisenbraun portrayed Harriet Taylor Upton and Mary Edwards Walker.