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This week in history

This week in history

99 years ago in 1921:

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Union Savings and Trust Co. resulted in the presentation of financial conditions maintained during the year. The matter of increasing the capital stock from $300,000 to $600,000 was presented to the stockholders, and it was unanimously decided to open the New Year’s business by opening the books with an offer of increased capitalization. The stock was to be offered first to the present stockholders and if any was left unsold after a stipulated period of time, it was to be disposed of to outside prospects.

The annual meetings of two additional institutions were held. The Trumbull Savings and Loan Co., the pioneer institution of its kind in Trumbull County, also was held in the offices of the company, where officers were elected and the institution was experiencing a year of unprecedented prosperity. Also, the annual meeting of the stockholders of the People’s Savings & Trust Co. was held in the offices of the company.

50 years ago in 1970:

Howland Township trustees met for their regular session at the Town Hall and passed a resolution requesting the Ohio State Legislature to establish a curfew law for townships.

Trustee Stephen Yovich offered the curfew resolution, which was approved by Chairman R. Bruce Mateer and Trustee Orval Waldron. The resolution stated that vandalism in the township, county and state had become intolerable, and great damage was being suffered due to the lack of proper curfew legislation for unincorporated portions of the townships in the state.

The Howland trustees’ resolution petitioned the Trustees’ and Clerks’ Association of the county to take all steps necessary to have the Ohio Legislature pass an act authorizing the township trustees in Ohio to pass legislation creating a curfew to be enforced in the unincorporated areas of all townships.

25 years ago in 1995:

Faced with two isolated and unintentional shootings and random gunfire by vandals toting pellet guns, Howland Township police were stressing gun safety.

At the same time, township officials were banking on political clout in Columbus that might someday give police the right to make arrests for anyone discharging firearms.

Townships were powerless to enact ordinances and were to follow the Ohio Revised Code, which allowed target shooting or hunting on land with the owner’s permission.

Township administrator John Emanuel was planning to move the gun issue onto the agenda of a newly formed Coalition of Large Ohio Urban Townships.

“The idea would never work, of course, in the more rural townships. That’s where people hunt. But Howland is densely populated for the most part.”

Emanuel said in between 50 to 60 townships in the state had more than 15,000 people, and they had banded together to be a lobbying force.

10 years ago in 2010:

Liberty Township administration told the union leader of the fire department that it was wrong to take $331,000 of tax money raised specifically for the fire department to pay police salaries.

But the alternative, according to Administrator Patrick Ungaro and Fiscal Officer John Fusco, would have been to let the money for salaries run out and lay off the police department.

Both administrators stressed that even though it was likely the move would be cited in a state audit, they intended to pay the money back to the fire department fund through a loan with PNC bank.

“It was December. A decision had to be made. The worst thing would be to send them walking out the door before Christmas without pay,” Ungaro said.

Fusco said the township had more than enough to pay the salaries but called the transfer a “technical violation,” which would be considered seriously by the state auditor’s office if the money was not paid back, but that they had to do what they had to do.

— Compiled from

the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Emily Earnhart

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