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Radical post circulars throughout city

This week in history

99 years ago in 1921

Alleged radicals took advantage of the “present unemployment situation” to spread their dangerous doctrines to “overthrow the capitalists” and “take possession of the workshops” here in Warren. They were busy and police had considerable work in seizing quantities of literature posted on telephone poles in the city.

The men, some of whom are said by police to be members of the “Industrial Workers of the World” and radicals of the worst kind, were becoming increasingly active in Warren. Their work posting circulars preaching revolt and communist doctrines was thoroughly done.

Police found bunches of posters and circulars nailed up so that they could be torn down one by one as passersby noticed them. Hundreds of the circulars were taken to the city police station where they were being held.

None of the men who posted the literature were caught by police, as the gangs were working in the early morning hours and taking care to avoid officers.

The radical advertising was the biggest propaganda spreading job that had been executed in many months. There were hundreds of the circulars, each calculated to stir up discontent and appealing to all classes of working men to “rise” against “capitalist tyranny.”

50 years ago in 1970

Some 3,000 hourly rated employees of General Motors Corp’s Lordstown Chevrolet and Fisher Body assembly plants were to be given temporary layoffs in the coming month for 10 weeks to permit changeover to production of the new minicar, it was announced.

The changeover shutdown date was set for the week of March 9 with production of the new GM minicar tentatively set to begin June 2.

The assembly plant, used to manufacturing big line Chevrolet models, will make only minicars after the changeover. The new Chevrolet truck plant was expected to begin production in mid-March of new 1971 Chevrolet van and Sportsvan wagons.

GM-Lordstown was to be the only plant in the nation producing the minicar and the two truck models.

25 years ago in 1995

Though no longer rated the sixth-worst high school dropout district in the state, Warren continued to lead Trumbull County by a wide margin, the latest statewide report showed.

Warren City Schools, classified by the state as an inner-city district, checked in at 8.4 percent for the 1993-94 school year, the 11th- worst dropout rate in the state. Nearby Youngstown registered the worst rate, at 24.9 percent.

Warren’s dropout figure increased from 8.1 percent rate for the 1992-93 school year.

— Compiled from the Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart.

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