1918: Number of flu cases down


99 years ago in 1918:

• Only 29 flu cases were reported one day against 39 the previous day that week. The total 299 cases were officially reported and the situation at the children’s home had shown improvement. The weather was considered “more favorable to the abatement of the epidemic and the crisis in the number of cases reported (was) about at hand,” according to Dr. Simpson.

• Peter Papas was placed under arrest in Niles and Beatrice Ramphe was arrested in Warren. Both were taken to the city jail in Niles and a charge of white slavery was placed against Papas. The couple was to have a hearing before the Mayor.

The girl told the story of her life to Warren and Niles authorities, that she had been in Farrell working as a waitress for several weeks before coming to Niles, where she was working as a waiter in a State Street restaurant. She said Papas had been influential in bringing her to the city for “immoral purposes.”

She had been in Niles for three days when officers became suspicious of the conduct of the two young people. The girl confessed she had given the restaurant keeper $12 for permitting her to be absent from her duties several times. The girl, very young, was expected to return to her home under the protection of an officer.

50 years ago in 1967:

• Miracles never cease in Niles, especially on the football field. Quarterback Lou Lukz and end John Ziegler collaborated on a sensational 43-yard scoring aerial with a scant 32 seconds left in the game to wipe out a three-point deficit and handed arch rival Warren G. Harding High School a 14-11 defeat before 10,500 stunned fans.

Harding came from behind in the second half to overcome an 8-0 lead by the Red Dragons on Gerald Wesley’s five-yard sprint and an eight-yard field goal by Paul Metzendorf. But Lukz led the Dragons on an 81-yard march, completing passes of 15 and 16 yards.

The victory enabled Niles to keep its home victory streak intact at 59 straight games. The last time the Niles home fans witnessed a defeat was the 1959 season opener against Youngstown Rayen.

• Harry Lynch of Warren, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and a partner in an investment counseling firm, was one of two laymen appointed to the board of education of Youngstown Diocesan Catholic Schools. The announcement was made by the Most Rev. James W. Malone, apostolic administrator of the diocese. Others named to the board was Mrs. Joseph Mahoney of Ashtabula to join Patrick White of Canton and William Harnisch of Poland, as lay members of the board.

25 years ago in 1992:

• The Trumbull Correctional Institution ribbon cutting left some residents nervous.

“If we see anything in our backyards, we will not ask questions first,” one woman of Leavittsburg said.

The resident said many of her neighbors were going to get guns and take firearms training courses after learning a 250-bed honor camp would be built on the site.

The deputy warden could not elaborate on the status of the honor camp, but said housing was to begin in a few weeks time. They were waiting for full medical and food service staffs and were expecting to employ 137 people at the 171-acre facility. The jobs were expected to grow to between 310 and 340 with an $11 million annual payroll.

• A spokesman for the new Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic said the July tournament would make up for about $1 million in shortfalls with community pride.

“Instead of the community falling back to that ‘we can’t accomplish mode’ individuals stepped forward to resurrect the tournament,” Jeff Purser, LPGA tournament director, said.

“Because of that, this event truly belongs to the community, where in the past it was the promotion of one company,” Purser said.

The goal to attract 100,000 spectators to the previous year’s Phar-Mor classic drew about 85,000. Tournament organizers looked to take tickets even before the Thanksgiving holiday, Purser said.

10 years ago in 2007:

• An eighth-grade student at Austintown Middle School was suspended after her older brother gave her a knife to protect herself “at night when she (went) out.”

The 14 year-old admitted to having a 4-inch foldup knife in her purse. According to school district policy, the girl was removed from school.

“Any time a student is found with a potentially dangerous object, we immediately remove that student,” Superintendent Doug Heuer said.

Heuer said they then investigate the incident and would have a hearing to determine whether there would be a move toward expulsion.

• Air Force One Former Chief Steward Howie Franklin, a steward for five commanders in chief, from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton, spoke to an audience of residents a Trumbull Town Hall lecture series at Packard Music Hall and Convention Center.

Franklin said he wasn’t concerned with the politics of his bosses, but he came to know them in their unguarded moments aboard a plane he called a flying White House.

He liked Bill Clinton’s taste in rock ‘n’ roll music, said the Ford family was down-to-earth and Ford was anything but a klutz, despite his reputation, Jimmy Carter was a bright man who never passed up the opportunity to teach, Ronald Reagan had great energy and a delightful sense of humor and George H.W. Bush had “unparalleled business skills.”

Franklin enlisted in the Air Force in 1965 at 20. He retired after 29 years to become director of Brunswick County Airport in North Carolina.

Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart