Auto club joins ‘Ride with Me’ for soldiers

99 years ago in 1918:

l Motorists in many cities found posters attached to the windshields of their autos. Warren motorists would not be behind.

Plans by the Warren Automobile Club to start a “Ride with Me” movement for soldiers on leave was under way as ideas for a poster design in national colors with statements such as “Salute and Ride” with room for the automobile club emblem on them.

l Three junior high schools were expected as rooms at East Market street and Tod Avenue schools were to be used for the new junior high schools. The Market Street building was to be known as East Junior High and the Tod Avenue as West Junior High. The Junior High at Central Grammar school was to be known as Central Junior High, and far too small for the expected enrollment in the fall.

It was estimated the city’s Junior high enrollment would be increased more than 50 percent with the reopening of the schools.

50 years ago in 1967:

l The International Union of Electrical Workers, IUE, of General Motors Corporation Conference Board, representing five locals including the 8,500-member Packard Electric Local 71 and a total of 30,000 employees, unanimously rejected a contract proposal made by General Motors Corp., Ed Fire, president of IUE Local 717 at Packard said. “The GM proposal is totally inadequate in every area, does not meet the needs of our members and is an insult to the intelligence of our bargaining committee based on the fantastic profits of General Motors Corp.,” Fire asserted.

Negotiators were attempting to avert a strike as a work agreement was expected to expire within the week.

l City police held a 37-year-old Warren man on an open charge pending further investigation .

Sgt. James Leigh smashed a front door window of the building after the suspect was spotted inside the Ohio Spring & Welding Co., 1916 Niles Road SE. The suspect was captured in the shop area after he had attempted to break into the cash register and three vending machines.

The robbery, one of two ongoing investigations, included the theft of an adding machine, a typewriter and a thermopack copy machine from the office of Horace Mann Elementary School on Austin SW.

25 years ago in 1992:

l Trumbull County residents remembering disasters like the tornado of 1985 and feeling the anguish of their neighbors and hurt by Hurricane Andrew hundreds of miles away, rushed supplies through the help of local organizations to Dade County, Fla., where tens of thousands were left without homes.

“I know from the addresses, we got way more from the (1985) tornado victims,” Rita Gregory, Red Cross volunteer, said.

A donor, Gregory said, sobbed while recalling her response to Andrew’s sweep through Florida.

“She felt she had to do something,” Gregory said.

l Alan C. Smith’s Great American Circus got a clean bill of health after an inspection by Trumbull County Animal Humane Services. The first circus appearing in Warren since the 1970s was cleared following fines earlier in the year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for mistreatment of animals.

“We found it to be the exact opposite of previous reports,” said Christopher E. Steinhoff, a field investigator for Animal Humane Services.

The citations against the circus following an incident involving a rampaging Asian elephant giving rides to children were thought to be “of a suspicious nature” by the sponsoring Warren Jaycees. Another competing circus, Carson & Barnes, may have tipped Steinhoff or the local media to Smith’s problems, organization members said.

10 years ago in 2007:

l “Sometimes the bigger ones will eat the little ones, and if it’s got a frog in its belly, it won’t jump,” Mark Finch said.

The Finch brothers — Bill, Shane, Mark and Tim — had run the frog jumping competition in Greene for the past several years, as Tim led his Boy Scout Troop 557 into the woods to collect the 150 or so frogs needed for the competition, with prizes awarded to the frog that went the farthest in three jumps from the center ring.

Frog jumping was a science in the township, where the competition was the centerpiece of Greene Home Day, the community’s annual Labor Day celebration.

Festivities included a parade down state Route 87 and live entertainment and dinner inside the Maplewood Elementary School.

l The Marcus Garvey Institute Awareness and Community Tennis Association sponsored the second annual African Cultural Weekend celebrating African American culture at the Warren Community Amphitheatre. The weekend-long event featured food, poetry contests, music, church services and historical activities. The purpose of the event was to bring people together in a common purpose, organizers said.

“When someone is trying to do something positive, I’d think everyone needs to be involved,” said organizer, Abdu Awolowo.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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