This week in history

This week in history

99 years ago in 1921:

Warren was to have a Young Men’s Christian Association. The announcement was not to follow with the opening of a building, but the YMCA that was to be organized like those in Massillon and a number of other medium-sized cities, who were found to be facing the same conditions as the city of Warren, and handicapped for the large sums of money necessary to build a suitable building and to furnish it properly. To solve these problems for the average small city, the executive committee of the state YMCA promoted workable plans. In order to place this matter before the men of the city, a meeting of the representatives of each of the civic, industrial, social and religious organizations of the city was to be held.

50 years ago in 1970:

Formation of a committee of leading northeastern Ohio executives and physicians had been announced by the Citizens Council for Kent State University College of Medicine.

Paul E. Martin, president of Martin Chevrolet, Inc. and council chairman, said the new executive committee was formed to assist Kent State in developing its new concept of medical education, and to provide guidance and ideas for creating an awareness of the needs for a new medical college in Northeastern Ohio.

The new educational concept would be dedicated solely to the training of practicing physicians in family medicine and would utilize actively practicing physicians in Northeast Ohio as faculty members, Martin said. In addition, hospitals in the area were to provide the teaching beds, eliminating the need for construction of a large teaching hospital.

The Citizens Council was working within a 13-county northeastern Ohio area comprising the counties of Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne.

25 years ago in 1995:

Investigators from the state auditor’s office reviewed financial records to determine what happened to $16,000 unaccounted for in the Niles athletic department since 1987.

School treasurer Frances Barta confirmed investigators were in the city, but declined further comment.

“The matter is under investigation,” Superintendent John Bruno said.

Barta began an internal investigation into money collected from a soft drink vending machine.

“We noticed changes in spending and revenue patterns in the athletic department,” she said.

Administrators said the school system was looking at whether the cash was used to purchase equipment without following proper purchasing procedures and bookkeeping.

The state auditor’s office became involved at the request of board member William Allen, who said an independent agency should review the records since public money was involved.

10 years ago in 2010:

One hundred fifty swimmers aided Special Olympics when they took part in the Polar Plunge at Mosquito Lake.

Patty Maffit, 82, was the oldest person to take part in the annual fundraiser where swimmers — if one could call someone who dashes through waist-deep water in the middle of January a swimmer — take a dip in the waters of Mosquito Lake State Park.

Maffit said she wanted to take part because she had a handicapped sister-in-law and thought it was a good cause.

“It wasn’t bad,” Maffit said, swaddled in a robe after she made the plunge in a wetsuit. “My feet were cold. But other than that, I’d do it again.”

The fundraiser, held by the Cortland Trumbull County Moose and Special Olympics Ohio, attracted 150 plungers in its third year, an all-time high, and raised about $25,000.

— Compiled from the archives

of the Tribune Chronicle by

Emily Earnhart


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