1919: Tribune puts in new press

This week in history

99 years ago in 1919:

l The Tribune was putting in a stereotyping press, the Duplex Tubular Press, made at Battle Creek, Mich.

The latest thing in the printing press had the capacity to print 35,000 papers an hour.

The press was purchased in the spring, but a few weeks after the order was given the Duplex Company was put on 100 percent war orders and so they were not able to finish the Tribune’s press until the armistice was signed and their war orders were finished.

Seven men worked to install the press, changing over from a flatbed press to a stereotyping press.

All county dailies used the flatbed press but Warren, getting to be a big city, and the Tribune, always keeping abreast of its growth, was not to be behind the 27,000 population.

The Duplex Tubular press was the only stereotyping press in Trumbull County and marked a great progress in the publishing business.

50 years ago in 1968:

l One of the world’s largest ordnance plants, the Ravenna Arsenal, idle since the end of the Korean conflict, was to be partly reactivated to produce artillery shells for the Vietnam War.

H.M. Krengel, general manager of Ravenna Arsenal, a subsidiary of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., which operated the plant, confirmed he was preparing cost estimates for the Department of Defense.

Between 1,800 and 2,000 workers would be hired to operate the ammunition lining orders, if the Defense Department decided to reactivate the arsenal, Krengel said.

At least several million dollars would be needed to put the arsenal back on partial wartime basis, Krengel predicted.

During World War II, approximately 18,000 persons were employed at the arsenal, and nearly 5,000 resided in Warren and Trumbull County and commuted to the ammunitions facility. During the Korean conflict, some 5,200 persons were employed, but personnel dipped to 260 in 1961.

It was expected to take between one to three months of construction to restore the facility for operations in mid-summer.

25 years ago in 1993:

l A former Mineral Ridge resident known for her independence and wit had a special 107th birthday party as residents of Washington Square Nursing Center would combine the party with their St. Valentine’s Day celebration.

Clelia Powers was in the center of activities at Washington Square for most of the nine years she lived there and she had been an active participant in all the home’s recreational activities — hiking, quilting, and playing games or cards.

“She is wonderful. She has always been independent, very friendly and talkative,” Betty Bennett, activities director said.

Although she had begun to “show severe signs of aging” she was still her “own woman.”

A woman remembered for her church-going, eating right and never drinking alcohol, at 5 feet 2 inches, she was called the “emotional head of the family.”

Married twice, the one-time sole supporter of her son and once remarried, the mother of a stepson, her hobbies were crocheting and gardening. She lived in her own home until in her mid-90s and said she “didn’t want to be a bother to anyone.”

10 years ago in 2008:

l It was cold outside as the Valley was bracing for heavy snow.

Champion resident Mary Jo Ohlin and her three children, Ryan, 16, Erin, 11, and Mallory, 8, were not prevented from spending time sledding at Packard Park.

“I’m originally from New York, so this doesn’t bother me at all. This cold weather and snow isn’t really a big deal,” said Ohlin, who moved to the area in 1993.

She was prepared for what was coming and planned to stop at the store for staples such as milk and bread and also gas in the car.

The children said they weren’t worried about missing school.

“I was happy to get another snow day. There were some years we only had one or two snow days. This year we already had four,” Ryan Ohlin said.

The bitter cold temperatures forced the closing of many schools and the National Weather Service was calling for a storm of between 4 to 9 inches of snow. Weather officials said the snow was expected to be heavy at times and mixed with sleet and freezing rain with some areas possibly seeing a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation from the freezing rain. The chance of snow was 100 percent.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart