1919: Iron moulders get shorter days, as well as back pay

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

99 years ago in 1919:

• Moulders got an eight-hour day when the War Labor Board granted local iron workers shorter hours and back pay.

Approximately 50 iron moulders employed at the plants of the Trumbull Manufacturing Company, the McMyler Interstate Company and the Aetna Foundry and Machine Company had been granted an eight- hour day and additional hour of pay for each nine-hour day they worked between Sept. 3 and Dec. 31, 1918.

The ruling affected about 25 moulders at the McMyler plant and approximately 25 moulders at the other two plants.

• Trumbull County soldiers arrived in New York from France as two divisions were ordered home.

The soldiers with the 83rd Division and 37th Division were to “be home soon.” Many of the local boys landed in New York and more were to land there or in Newport News before the end of the week.

The 308th Motor Supply Train of the 83rd Division, composed almost entirely of Warren soldiers, was one of the units arriving. The men from Ohio and Pennsylvania were stationed at Le Mans, France, shortly after the armistice was signed. They were expected to return to Camp Sherman for demobilization.

50 years ago in 1968:

• A wildcat strike at the building products division of American Welding and Manufacturing Co. saw 20 out of 66 workers on the afternoon turn leave their jobs in violation of the no-walkout clause in their contract.

The workers, representing Local 3418 Steelworkers, apparently walked out after a worker was sent home for the day after reporting late to his work station. Company officials said they were studying the situation to determine what further action should be taken.

• A Republican-backed plan for congressional redistricting introduced in the Ohio Legislature put portions of Trumbull County in the 11th and 19th Congressional Districts.

The plan put 11 Trumbull townships, including Champion, in the 11th District with the counties of Portage, Lake and Ashtabula and Geauga and the remaining 14 townships and the cities of Warren, Newton Falls, Niles, Girard and Hubbard in the 19th District with a portion of Mahoning County.

25 years ago in 1993:

• Gambling was illegal, the law was clear — no matter where the money went in gambling-for-charity games.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said the poker and dice tables, taken during a fundraiser / dance sponsored by the Cortland-Bazetta Optomist Club, were legal as long as the club had a nonprofit Internal Revenue Service exemption. But, he said, craps, roulette, slot and poker machines were illegal as the exemption only entitled groups to sponsor bingo games and raffles.

Watkins said it was within the rights of Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere to search for the owners of slot machines, a dice table, one manual and one electronic roulette wheel and six poker tables, or conduct any similar raids in the county.

• Plans to rededicate the McKinley Memorial Jan. 29 were under way.

The 150th birthday of Niles native and 25th U.S. President William McKinley was to include a rededication ceremony in which Ohio Secretary of State Robert Taft was to carry on a family tradition. Taft’s great-grandfather, former President William Howard Taft, first dedicated the memorial in 1917. In 1976, Taft’s father, then-U.S. Sen. Robert Taft, R-Ohio, rededicated the memorial.

10 years ago in 2008:

• Several city officials argued the merits of city ordinances that defined pit bulls as vicious dogs, required owners to have insurance and register the animals.

Barb Busko of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County argued the law needed to be enforced. Councilman Andy Barkley, D-3rd Ward, said banning pit bulls would lead irresponsible dog owners to move to another breed and train them to be vicious.

One councilman said dozens of incidents involving two pit bulls made more legislation required. Councilman Robert Dean, D-at large, wanted to place the responsibility on the owners.

• The Lucasville Five Defense Committee of Cleveland and other prisoner-advocacy groups outside of the prison housing the inmates, protested executions and prisoner treatment in general as part of an annual event to oppose the death penalty.

Family members of Ohio death row inmates wanted more personal contact with their loved ones inside, according to letters turned over to Warden Marc Houk.

Local attorney and author Staughton Lynd spoke to the gathering at a news conference that preceded the protest.

“Here in Ohio, we consider ourselves among the enlightened. but we don’t have the contact that we see in places like Louisiana, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Tennessee. We allow one visit right before execution,” Lynd said.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart.

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