‘Nellie’ shows he can pitch at Camp Sherman


99 years ago in 1918:

• Pitching against the Army team instead of a Warren industrial league outfit,“Nellie” Nelson kept up his winning habit at Camp Sherman.

He was picked as hurler for the 35th Company in the 9th Batallion of the 158th Depot Brigade soon after reaching camp.

The story of the victory was told in a letter received by Patrolman John Chinnock from Tom Lavender, a member of the same company with Nelson, who left with the other draftees.

“Nellie pitched for us against the 34th Company today and we won, 10 to 5. He had 13 strikeouts and walked one man. Fifteen hundred men saw the game.”

• When discovered in Market alley at an early hour by Patrolman Heinlein and Hilston, a trio of youths from Youngstown were booked at police headquarters on a charge of suspicion.

The lads, giving the names of Allen McCullough, 12; Sidney Harris, 13; and Fred Thexton, 15, were to be returned, probably, to Youngstown to answer a charge of burglarizing a cigar store in that city.

When arrested, the boys had in their possession 52 packs of chewing gum, a box of chewing tobacco and a quantity of cigar cakes.

50 years ago in 1967:

• Special centers were opened in the municipal buildings in Niles, Newton Falls, Girard and Hubbard to give voters in those communities the opportunity to register for the November election. The deadline for registration was Wednesday, Sept. 27.

• Youngstown city officials closed the main runway at Youngstown Municipal Airport after heavy rains dislodged chunks of the surface. An alternate runway was used and flights were operating normally.

The 7,500-foot runway was expected to close as the engineer did not have the government’s contributions of $137,500 for the $352,000 project for improvements.

United Airlines manager J.F. Walton said he feared closing the runway for the winter would probably force United to withdraw jet service. City street crews from Youngstown were working in an attempt to repair the damage so service would continue on the main runway.

25 years ago in 1992:

• Hubbard city council delayed a decision to extend water sales outside city limits to allow businesses to relocate to the township. Council delayed a decision as it waited to get a letter from the city of Youngstown approving the sale of its water. Hubbard city supplemented its own well water with additional supplies from Youngstown and was seeking an alternative source — the Shenango Valley Water Co. – to meet the guidelines of the Safe Water Drinking Act, which was to take effect in 1993.

Officials said they wanted to wait to extend those lines outside the city limits until the alternative source was secured.

• First lady Barbara Bush mixed a little bit of humor with a dash of fundraising at a Republican Party luncheon. But she took a full helping of politicking.

” Each morning you wake up to a freer, safer world — thanks to George Bush,” she said.

She told the luncheon crowd to “get out there and work your hearts out for him. We have 47 days to go out and win this election.”

Bush was trailing challenger Bill Clinton by a margin in double figures in some polls.

A crowd of about 500 attended the luncheon, which was billed as a party fundraiser, and tickets were sold for $50, $100 and $500.

10 years ago in 2007:

• A long-standing eyesore was set to be demolished in Brookfield.

“I have been pushing for that building to get torn down since I was elected and that was 10 years ago,” Trustee Gary Lees said.

The former Isaly’s Dairy had been a car care storage, a body shop and an apartment building. It was finally declared unfit by the fire department.

“I just couldn’t afford to keep up with the renovations and it’s been a mess forso long, “ Michael Syersak, former owner said.

The site was expected to be used by the fire department for a practice burn and then demolished.

• While $1 million had long been set aside for the historic preservation of the facade of Warren G. Harding High School, the exact scope of the project had remained a mystery.

“The hard thing for most people to get a grip on is what is going to be left,” said Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg during a special school board meeting to discuss the project. A locally funded initiative for $1 million also was passed to preserve part of the historic Harding building.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart