1918: 2 die from Spanish flu

99 years ago in 1918:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

• Two deaths were reported in Niles from Spanish influenza, both having developed broncho-pneumonia. Mrs. Malcolm Milliron, 23, of South Main Street, who had taken ill one week previous, developed pneumonia and had died leaving her husband and her 4-year-old son, Kevin. Her husband and son were both very ill from the disease. Her father was expected to arrive to bury his daughter.

Vittiro Pettilo, 20, a well-known painting contractor, of Mason Street, also died after being ill for one week. He had lived in Niles for 20 years, was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and left his wife, two daughters and a son, one brother and a sister.

• The Liberty Grocery Company, which had been incorporated for $20,000 to conduct a general wholesale grocery business, leased the Cream of Oats plant on Dawson Street and was to be doing business very soon. The company had been remodeling the old buildings there so that they were “well suited” to be doing business. The firm’s new officers were also announced.

50 years ago in 1967:

• Seven encores and a standing ovation proved the merits of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra from Tokyo, Japan, guest directed by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, under the aegis of the Monday Musical Club.

In brilliant display of sound musicianship in a varied repertoire, the the symphony thrilled the large audience with its versatility. A varied program was presented by the orchestra which was founded in 1962.

The orchestra was on a cultural mission from Japan.

• Members of the Warren Township Fireman’s Auxiliary of Station I, West Market Street, convened at the firehouse and entertained special guests Buckeye Girl Staters and their mothers. Representatives of the Athletic Club Auxiliary were also guests.

A short business period was held when the Firemen’s Auxiliary served a dinner to the Regional Fire School. The auxiliary voted to sell Christmas cookies and were to take orders. Proceeds of the sale were to help needy families in Warren Township.

25 years ago in 1992:

• Bazetta police arrested and released two Tribune Chronicle reporters after the pair protested an illegal executive session called apparently to discuss an investigation into activities by a township police officer.

The newspaper had information that the trustees intended to hold an illegal meeting to discuss an officer’s paid leave pending an outside investigation by the police department. The newspaper cited Ohio’s Open Meeting Law commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Law,” which allows public bodies to retreat into private meetings to discuss only five specific areas, personnel among them, contended any executive session that did not openly cite reasons would be illegal.

The reporters were released and charges were dropped shortly after the arrests. The Tribune Chronicle agreed not to press charges and the township attorney later apologized to the reporters.

• The Upton House was named a historical landmark by the National Park Service.

The 19th-century home, once a meeting place for women suffragettes, was named a national landmark by Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan.

“I think it is marvelous. Landmark status gives a lot of clout to the association and to Warren,” Upton House Association President, Kenneth Conklin said.

The formal announcement by representatives of the National Park Service had not yet occurred. The home, deeded to the Trumbull County Historical Society in 1989, was divided into three apartments and rent was being used to defray the cost of the home’s mortgage.

10 years ago in 2007:

• Newton Falls council voted unanimously to support American Municipal Power of Ohio as it prepared to build three hydroelectric power plants along the Ohio River and one coal-fired plant in an attempt to generate electricity rather than buy it from the open market. The city would have a share in the power plants by purchasing the electricity they generate, AMP representatives and city Manager Jack Haney said.

Council had delayed voting as it waited for more information about costs as the new plants were to cost about $6 more per megawatt hour as the city was to pay for construction along with other AMP municipalities. The city would borrow against their future savings on power, he said.

AMP engineers said the participation by the city would head off increases which would double the cost of power, a little more that $60 per megawatt hour, instead increasing cost to $90, by 2027.

• Businessmen flying themselves to meetings from the airport in Vienna was not helping the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, the airport director said.

“It’s a very expensive proposition,” Steve Bowser said of “fractional ownership” — a group of people buying blocks of time allowing them to use an airplane.

“I think there are companies in the community that use it, but it’s only a handful,” he said.

Bowser said people trying to avoid the delays and congestion at major airports had other options. Airport charter service required customers to reserve a plane for a specific date and trip instead of being able to set up a flight quickly, he said.

The need definitely was growing however for such flights, as there were 15,000 airports in the country — many of which could be used for smaller aircraft and allowed for fewer security issues than a public format, Bowser said.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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