99 years ago in 1915
l When the Trumbull County Fair opens here on Tuesday, a fair such as this has never been held in the history of Trumbull County will be in progress.
This year, the 70th annual fair will be held, and the directors have authorized Secretary George Bunting to make it a bigger and better one than ever before. Mr. Bunting has been carrying out that idea in every department of this year's big event, and just now he is the biggest hustler in the city.
A new midway is one of the finest improvements at the place. Dirt has been hauled in so that the front entrance to the south is now a smooth, even and fine looking drive. Twelve hundred loads were required. An entirely new, second midway is being made. The trees almost everywhere about the grounds have been whitewashed, adding a great deal to the attractiveness to the surroundings. The stables for horses have been fixed up and the buildings put in a modern and sanitary condition.
A feature of much importance is the very up to date and complete lighting system which has been installed by N.W. Wing of Youngstown. Fifty-five lights fitted with reflectors have been placed about the grounds and 80 candlepower light will furnish illumination.
50 years ago in 1964
l Evidence of an old Warren brewery, which apparently operated in the late 1800s, was uncovered recently by members of the staff at Lynn and Associates, engineers, who were making a water main survey in connection with the proposed construction of a waterline to Republic Steel Corp.
It was discovered on South S.E. Ext., east of Chestnut. Existence of the brewery was known to Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Green who live nearby, but apparently no record appeared on maps used by the engineers.
The water department dug up the cave but found no remnants of the old brewery whose buildings were torn down sometime ago. The Greens have filled the mouth of the cave again, fearing that children in the area might get hurt.
Discovery of the brewery site has caused a slight change in the plans for laying the water main.
l The Holstein-Friesian Association of America reports that several cows owned by Trumbull County farmers have been given officially recognized milk and butterfat records.
Stan Kenn Bess Gloria, owned by Kenneth Brown of Cortland, produced 19,560 pounds of milk and 689 pounds of butterfat in 305 days.
Three cows owned by E. K. Dillon and H. K. Brugler, both of Kinsman, have been recognized by the association. The cows are Kirtland Della Coburke Meg, 19,950 pounds of milk and 694 pounds of butterfat in 305 days; Lou Ida Miss Kirtland Ideal, 17,470 pounds of milk and 643 pounds of butterfat in 305 days; and Kirtland Sir Roburke Topsy, 15,010 pounds of milk and 601 pounds of butterfat in 305 days.
The Ohio State University supervised the sampling, weighing and testing operations in cooperation with the Holstein organization's herd and breed improvement programs.
25 years ago in 1989
l "We're going back in time, it looks like," said a member of the Farmington Senior Center Wednesday evening as a hitching rail for horses and buggies was dedicated.
Ruth Jean Hawkins, director of the Senior Center, called the rail the newest addition to the center. It is intended for use by the Amish who come to the center and also shop in the village.
The rail is on Fourth Street on the north side of the center.
"The Amish are quite excited about it," Hawkins said. "It was all done for free too."
Freeman Yoder of Bundysburg Road donated the posts, while Trustee Hans Schlacht and his son, John, dug the holes for them. The elder Schlacht also donated the pipe. Wayne Sloan and Richard Hawkins put in the posts, and ServiStar Hardware in the village donated other items necessary to construct the rail.
l James A. Philomena said festivals like the Italian-American Heritage Festival are important as a way for ethnic groups to share and celebrate their culture - including their sense of humor.
Philomena, Mahoning County prosecutor, was the guest speaker as the festival began its fifth year this morning with the Mayor's Kick-Off Breakfast in Courthouse Square.
The festival "gives non-Italians a chance to spend the day with people who have a vowel at the end of their names," Philomena said. "Just remember, this country has a vowel at the end of its name."
10 years ago in 2004
l An empowerment program focusing on responsibility, self-respect and career opportunities for young people will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Highland Avenue and Fourth Street.
Abdu Awolowo of the Marcus Garvey Institute of Awareness, said he will discuss the local school tennis program, and representatives from the Alliance Outreach Program Center will discuss general education development programs. There will also be information on first-time home buyers and distribution of school supplies.
l The African country of Uganda is some distance from Warren - both geographically and culturally.
Kimberly Merrell, missions director at New Jerusalem Fellowship Church, traveled to Uganda in 2002 as part of the Food for the Hungry program. While there, she met Pastor James Okallo Ekwang of Truth Evangelistic Foundation Ministries in Uganda.
Now Ekwang is visiting the United States through Aug. 23 as part of an exchange to learn about churches while sharing his message of what is happening his country.
Ekwang, 30, said the biggest difference he sees is services are indoors in America while in Uganda, gatherings and religious activities are outdoors.
Ekwang spoke recently at the Alliance Community Outreach Program center with members of the Trumbull County Interdenominational Alliance and the Evangelist Ministerial Alliance.