This week in history: Newspaper elected to AP

99 years ago in 1919:

• The Warren Daily Tribune announced this newspaper was elected to membership in the Associated Press “with its 52,000 miles of leased wires, covering the Earth… the Greatest and Most Reliable News Agency in the World.”

The story of the Associated Press organization was not one of selling news in the marketplace, like United Press or International News, but was a “mutual organization” of publishers of leading American newspapers. Newspapers combined their staffs to supply each other with important news within their own particular territories. Later were added Associated Press correspondents. A vast organization was set on foot to transmit the dispatches over telegraph wires.

The membership reached almost every city of importance in the world operating 22,000 miles of leased telegraphic wires every day.

• Heroism under a gelling artillery and machine gunfire at the front had won 1st Lt. Matthew B. Tayler Jr. of Warren a citation for the distinguished cross and a recommendation by his commanding officer that he be promoted to the rank of captain.

He won approval for the Gallant Conduct Under Fire and was recommended to receive the War Cross. Lt. Tayler played a heroic part in the the reorganization of the American lines and displayed unusual bravery during the 14 days from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12.

50 years ago in 1968:

• The announcement of the presentation of a 1968 “Motor Trend Achievement Award” to General Motors’ Packard Electric Division for its “Vigilite” lamp motoring system — developed with the use of fiber optic materials for certain automotive functions including interior illumination as well as exterior lamp monitoring — had special significance for Donald Baer of Girard, an engineer in the Research and Development Section of the Divisions’ Product Engineering Department.

The Vigilite lamp monitoring system enabled the driver to maintain a continuous check on the condition of essential exterior lamps without ever leaving the driver’s seat.

“Other exciting automotive applications we currently are researching include liquid level motoring devices that may be used to monitor the oil in the crank case, the amount of fluid in the braking system or the water level in the radiator,” Baer said.

• Naval Hospitalman Keith R. Bacorn, 20 of Warren, was the18th Trumbull County serviceman killed in Vietnam.

Bacorn, attached to India Co. Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division died of gunshot wounds from enemy rifle fire received while engaged in Operation Lancaster II against hostile forces near Camp Carroll, Quang Tri Province.

A graduate of Champion High School in 1965, he received special Medical Corps training and was assigned to Vietnam in November 1967. Survivors included his parents and his wife, a son, four sisters and two brothers.

25 years ago in 1993:

• A run-off election in Warren resulted in the election of William “Doug” Franklin D-4th Ward, and former Councilman Daniel Polivka to fill the unexpired terms of two former at-Large City Council members that took office as Trumbull County commissioners. The results of the run-off election, which included Jack Beard and Councilman Andrew Linko, D-8th Ward, were Polivka, who led with 35 votes, Franklin with 33 votes, Linko received 23 and Beard had 25 votes.

“I feel like the comeback kid tonight,” Polivka said. “I just want to thank everybody. I pray that it was God’s will for me to win.”

Polivka gave up his council seat to run a losing bid against Mayor Daniel Sferra in the 1991 Democratic primary.

“The diversity and the makeup of the 4th Ward were an excellent training ground to prepare me for the council at-Large seat,” Franklin said.

The Democratic Party, which postponed the meeting from Jan. 19 because of the presidential inauguration, had to fill the seats within 15 to 45 days after the vacancies occurred.

The new councilmen at-Large said they would seek seats in the May primary.

• A Council of Rural Governments was born as an attempt to bridge a gap between small Trumbull County communities and county officials. More than 20 township trustees and village council members met to organize their united effort and explain their motivation.

“We want to work with them (the Trumbull County officials),” Johnson Trustee Donald Barzak said.

Kinsman Trustee Thomas Berry said the decision to form the council was spurred by the county’s failure to seriously consider the needs of rural communities during the inside millage and 911 controversies and in the wake of personnel cuts at the Sheriff’s Department.

Representatives of all the communities involved — Fowler, Greene, Gustavus, Hartford, Mecca, Mesopotamia and Vernon townships and Orangeville village — attended the meeting, Barry said.

A Cortland and a Vienna official as well as representatives from the League of Women Voters were also at the meeting.

10 years ago in 2008:

• Students took first the tour of the 340,000-square-foot monster that was to be the new Warren G. Harding High School.

“I’m just awed by the size,” said Corrine LaMarco, a junior in the Warren City Schools.

LaMarco and her fellow members of the Warren G. Harding Key Club were the first of their peers to walk the expanse of construction going up right next door to their current haunts at the corner of Elm Road and Atlantic Street NE, part of Warren’s districtwide construction project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission that included it and four K-8 buildings.

“I think the students are the ones who will be there … I just wanted to let them be able to see it,” said Janis Sanfrey, French teacher at Harding and adviser for the club.

• Copper thefts plaguing Embarq, a local phone company, led to the offering of a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone caught stealing the cable wire.

Carolyn Angelotti, public affairs manager for Embarq’s Warren office, said the reward was first offered in late October after a rash of telephone wire thefts in Warren and the surrounding areas. She said those thefts left hundreds of customers without service and cost the company $142,000 for new lines, repairs and technicians.

The company had received no tips and the thefts had stopped for a short time following Embarq’s announcement, but activity picked up in the last several months.

The copper, used for the transmission of calls, impacted Warren residents and business customers as well as affecting 911, “putting the entire community at risk,” Angelotti said.

The company was awaiting the passage of Senate Bill 171, a bill proposed in Columbus by Sen. Steve Stivers, that would require scrap metal dealers to log purchases they made and buy only from sellers with government issued identification.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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