1918: Reports state influenza cases are waning

99 years ago in 1918:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

• A meeting of the board of health in Niles gave attention to the influenza epidemic. Reports from Sanitary Policeman Ohl reported the epidemic was waning and the ban would be lifted with the exception of schools and Bible schools. Churches would be reopened as well as all moving picture theaters, pool rooms and cigar stores in the city.

The board issued a warning that the people were expected to cooperate with the health officers and refrain from rushing into crowded places. It was also asked that people who were ill remain “away from assemblies” until they were well. The board reserved the right to close up all places again if the epidemic cases warranted it.

• Dog owners of Trumbull County that had been let off without prosecutions in the previous year were told they had had a year to “familiarize themselves with the law,” and that “next year there will be a strict enforcement of the law.” The fine for not registering by Jan. 1 was not to exceed $25. Delinquents also would be “rounded up and brought in” in the following year.

50 years ago in 1967:

• Four teenagers were held on open charges by city police for questioning in connection with an armed robbery staged at Knox’s Supermarket on Palmyra Road SW.

Two clerks in the store at the time said three young men came into the store with two displaying snub-nose revolvers and demanded money.

Approximately $50, including $25 in change was taken, according to reports.

The trio fled north on Parkman Road SW after the robbery. No one was injured.

Three of the youths held in custody were 18 years of age, the other was 17. They were picked up on the south east side, about three hours after the robbery.

Knox’s Supermarket was the target of a holdup Oct. 31 when two men, described as teenagers, robbed the clerk of $100.

• Future downtown development plans by the Warren Development Committee accepted two concept plans recommended by a New Jersey firm.

City Planner Harold Schultz explained the concepts were submitted to federal officials for consideration as additional Urban Renewal designed to give the downtown core and surrounding area a facelift.

The concentration core of the retail shopping area would be between the Mahoning River and Pine Street and bounded on the north by High Street NE and on the south by South Street SE.

25 years ago in 1992:

• The United Way 1992 fundraising campaign closed $409,000 short of its goal and about $300,000 less than the previous year’s tally.

Campaign directors said $3,106,095 was received in pledges and campaign contributions. The previous year’s goal had been $3.5 million with a little over $3.4 million raised.

Campaign officials did not tie the decrease in contributions to the problems on the national level of the United Way, including the group’s former president’s resignation after a cloud of questions were raised about his salary and expenses. The campaign chair said employee donors in the main industrial division were feeling the “brunt of economic tough times.”

• The Trumbull County Red Ribbon Campaign kicked off with the “Tying One on for Safety” project sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The campaign kickoff at Burger King included the distribution of about 40,000 red ribbons by law enforcement agencies, youth groups and businesses as well as anyone wishing to participate.

Others were to pick up ribbons through Jan. 2 at Burger Kings, police departments, government agencies and various Trumbull County businesses.

10 years ago in 2007:

• Gov. Ted Strickland made two stops in the Mahoning Valley, touting Ohio as once again, the most important state in the 2008 election of a president.

“I believe Ohio and Ohioans will determine who the next president will be. Both parties will be hugely involved in Ohio.”

Strickland made appearances at fundraisers for the Mahoning Valley Democratic Women and the Trumbull County Democratic Party, at the Maronite Center in Youngstown, then at DiVieste’s in Warren for a $100 to $500-a-plate fundraiser dinner and cocktail hour.

• A fire may have been caused by lightning but did very little damage.

The Brookfield Fire Department said a resident of Stateline Road SE called 911 to report smoke coming from a mobile home parked behind the house. He said there was a loud clap of thunder and a flash of lightning before he smelled the smoke.

The fire caused no reported injuries. It was contained to the wiring beneath the mobile home and did minor damage to the apron surrounding it.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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