This week in history

99 years ago in 1919:

• A number of local telephone subscribers in residence had been experiencing a kind of “nervous flurry” over the report that resident phones would have to pay an extra fee for all the calls in a month over 50, a claim the telephone company denied. Instead, the only tax to be charged above the usual monthly payment was 25 cents per month, which went into effect June 1, and persons paying their phone rent three months in advance would not be charged the fee.

50 years ago in 1968:

• An international Tractor-Trailer, loaded with 16 tons of aluminum scrap, was demolished when struck by a Baltimore and Ohio freight train in a “freak accident” on the Carle Street crossing in Niles.

Joseph W. Wycoff of Cleveland, the operator of the tractor-trailer, told police he was traveling south on Carle Street, approaching the plant of Oakwood Billett Inc. where the aluminum scrap was consigned. As he was crossing the railroad tracks, the dolly wheels of the trailer became wedged, and he was unable to proceed. When he left the vehicle to get help, it was struck by a B&O freight train going westward and was carried 60 feet west of the crossing, scattering the aluminum scrap over the area.

25 years ago in 1993:

• A new state law that made it more difficult for teachers and administrators to paddle misbehaving students was to kick in quietly in Trumbull County, as sparing the rod became the unofficial policy.

A handful of districts had already banned the practice, and many educators expected the new law to reinforce the policy.

“I haven’t paddled a student,” said Southington Superintendent James Allen– about his district where paddling was permitted but discouraged. “Courts are not looking fondly at parents or teachers or anyone paddling kids.”

The new law required schools to either ban corporal punishment or to appoint a local task force to study the issue.

10 years ago in 2008:

• The Raymond John Wean Foundation, the largest in the Mahoning Valley, awarded $107,000 in Neighborhood SUCCESS grants to 29 projects in Warren and Youngstown. The grassroots selections committee of six Warren and 12 Youngstown residents representing diverse cultures, experiences and ideas awarded grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to eight recipients in Warren and 21 recipients in Youngstown.

Compiled by Tribune Chronicle reporter Emily Earnhart from Tribune Chronicle archives.

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