1919: Girl dies in accidental shooting

This week in history

99 years ago in 1919:

l Olive Nesca, a 2 1/2-year-old girl residing with her parents in McDonald, was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of a shotgun, the contents entering her body under her left arm making a fatal wound.

Olive and her little brother, a trifle older than she, were playing about a barrel that stood in the room. The brother got on the barrel and seeing the gun standing in the corner tried to pull it up to him by the muzzle, and it was supposed the trigger caught on some obstruction, causing the gun to be discharged.

Coroner J.C. Henshaw was called to view the remains and make an investigation of the shooting. He was satisfied that the killing was accidental although the caregiver in leaving the gun where the children could get it was not approved.

l Andrew Miller of Youngstown made fortune and fame as prince of horseradish growers. A very unpretentious man of German descent who had lived in this country only a decade but had found his way to the pot at the end of the rainbow, he believed in small beginnings. He had no desire to become an ambassador or a plutocrat or a malefactor of great wealth. He desired only to till his beloved acres and his soul was stirred most when he saw his God-given seed sprout and multiply. Horseradish is endowed with an inestimable desire to multiply and replenish the earth and weathers cold and drought with utmost indifference.

50 years ago in 1968:

l Winter kept an icy grip on the Warren area with record-breaking cold and snow flurries and only slight relief predicted.

Temperatures reached five below zero at the U.S. Weather Bureau at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, where meteorologists said the weather was uncomfortably cold with temps in the teens and winds 20 to 25 mph.

l The Warren district and the nation paused to observe the 159th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, as the curtain rose on the first public performances of the 14-week season of repertory in the newly $2.7 million renovated little brick structure on 10th NW, in Washington, which cost $75,000 to build. After 103 years of exile, actors were back in the Washington, D.C., playhouse where President Lincoln fell before the assassin’s bullet.

As a national monument, Ford’s Theater came under the control of the Department of the Interior and was administered by the National Park Service. The plays were entrusted to a citizen’s organization.

Skits, plays and programs emphasizing the role Lincoln played in American history were held at a number of schools in the county. All city, county and state offices were closed and the American flag was flying from buildings throughout the area.

25 years ago in 1993:

l Police and fire exam scoring changed so that minorities and women applicants were no longer to receive additional credit on entry level examinations to the police and fire departments.

The policy crediting an additional 20 percent to minority and female applicants’ total scores, established by a 1983 city ordinance, was a judged to be a violation of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1991.

The federal law which prohibited the credit for minorities and women, did not address the granting of the same additional points for veterans. The council initially passed the ordinance to qualify for certain federal programs.

l A study by the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland examined poverty across the Mahoning Valley following the loss of nearly one-fourth of manufacturing jobs in Trumbull County and one third of manufacturing jobs in Mahoning County.

“If we have 8,000 on the books, 35 to 40 percent are what we’d call underemployed. People in their 40s and 50s are having the worst problems, especially females who are the victims of separation or divorce. A lot are making money, but not enough to pay the bills,” Tony Mastramico, office manager of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services said. Many used to between $13 and $15 an hour learned to settle for jobs in small manufacturing firms making $4.50 and $5 an hour, wages Mastramico called “marginal.”

10 years ago in 2008:

l Several area roads were closed when, according to the National Weather Service, 2.44 inches of rain fell on the county in two days.

The Animal Welfare League rescued a dog from the high waters of Youngstown Road SE in Warren. Meanwhile, several Howland residents blamed a new sewer system– and not two days of steady, hard rain for the problem.

“Our road has been flooded three times over the last year,” said Richard Zackeroff of Henn Hyde Road, and branches and other debris filled ditches, allowing waters to rise three feet onto the road, he said.

The Fire Department in Warren Township evacuated a foster parent and seven children from rising waters inside a Meadowbrook Drive home.

“We had to go in with boats. That’s the last thing you want to use with the cold weather. But they were able to get out on their own,” fire Chief Ken Schick said.

l Local Democratic lawmakers argued Gov. Ted Strickland’s plan for Ohio held some hope following the Ohio Republican Party’s response that the plan outlined in the State of the State Address was a “missed opportunity.”

Rep. Sandra Stabile Harwood, D-Niles and Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, saw Strickland’s $1.7 billion economic stimulus package helping the Mahoning Valley.

Part of the plan was to invest $200 million in biomedical research, and Harwood said that could tie into U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan’s goal of making the Valley a link in a new tech belt running from Cleveland to Pittsburgh.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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