WWI soldier is first from Warren wounded in France


99 years ago in 1918:

• The first Warren boy to suffer injuries in action fighting on French soil in the Great War was announced as Cpl. Harry Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Williams of 40 Second St.

The parents received a telegram through a dispatch from Washington. It read: “Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported Corporal Harry Williams, infantry, was severely wounded in action May 28. Any further information received will be furnished you. (signed) McCAIN, Adjt. Gen.”

Williams, 21, enlisted May 1, 1917. He signed up in Youngstown and was injured alongside his cousin, Thomas Lewis.

• The War Economy Board at Washington issued an order that service stations close every night at 6 p.m. and close all day Sundays. The action was considered a means of discouraging pleasure rides during the war and particularly to cut down the use of gasoline for pleasure cars.

50 years ago in 1967:

• East Ohio Gas appointed Robert Sankey as assistant superintendent of the Warren division of East Ohio Gas Co. Sankey had begun his career with the company as a trainee, advanced as a junior engineer and was an assistant advertising manager and assistant to the vice president of marketing.

• A 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility was in the final stages of completion at the Westinghouse Plant in Sharon, Pa. The plant, expected to employ 150 additional workers when it reached full production, was announced by the J.W. Stirling Transformer Division’s vice president and general manager.

“At the present time, we are limited in what we can sell only by what we can produce. Our plant is loaded with work. We are turning out more product and have a higher backlog of unfilled orders, than at any time in our history,” he said.

25 years ago in 1992:

• The Trumbull County Fair was looking to the townships for help provide security. Fair board President Tom Sawyer received a letter from Trumbull County Sheriff Richard A. Jakmas stating that because of layoffs, he would not be able to provide deputies to patrol the fair.

“People come out here for the fair and we have a responsibility to them to make this fair as safe as we can,” Sawyer said.

Sawyer said at previous fairs, as many as 20 deputies would be on duty at any one time. The fair paid them about $10 an hour. Sawyer said he was confident he could work out a similar arrangement.

• Children were fingerprinted as part of a Boy Scout’s project when Ryan Criss, then 16 and a member of Troop 101, decided to help fingerprint young children. With four sessions throughout the township, the project printed more than 160 children in Howland.

He said the goal was to provide parents with a record of their child’s fingerprints in the event the child was reported missing. The embossed cards were returned to the parents for safekeeping.

Criss enlisted the help of the Howland Police Department, which provided the ink, rollers and cards.

10 years ago in 2007:

• The Mesopotamia Chamber of Commerce, only about 5 months old, said the new committee representing about 14 Amish and non-Amish-owned businesses was seeking to bring visitors into the township.

The nontraditional meetings were held at members’ farms, often including desserts and homecooked food.

“The Amish community doesn’t really have a way to advertise themselves. We have some Amish sitting on the board who want a voice for their business,” Scott Schaden, a co-owner of The Commons general store and president of the chamber, said.

A grant from Trumbull County tourism allowing the chamber to advertise and promote the town and its Fourth of July ox roast was high on the organization’s list.

• John Mosko, a 77-year-old Warren man, gave his 26th gallon of blood, a practice he started when his sister-in-law was in the Cleveland Clinic for a heart-valve operation.

The need of 900 units of blood daily in the 19-county area for use in 57 hospitals continues to grow, Red Cross officials said. Mosko, a regular donor though the drive at the Cortland Masonic Lodge, said he could have contributed more.

“I could have almost given another gallon,” he said with a laugh.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart