Flour mill gutted in 1922 fire; loss at $80K to $95K

This week in history

99 years ago in 1922

In a spectacular night and early morning fire, the origin of which was a mystery, the flour mill and grain elevator of the Wadsworth Feed Co., were gutted from basement to the fifth floor, entailing a loss of between $80,000 and $95,000.

For more than six hours, city firemen fought the hardest battle they had had against fire in many years and by dint of splendid work saved the feed plant less than 50 feet away and prevented collapse of the five-story flour mill building.

The building was a mass of flames from basement to fifth floor when firemen arrived on the scene and fire was leaping 20 feet in the air above the roof of the structure.

50 years ago in 1971

Coach Joe Rich’s Mineral Ridge Rams got in a bit of winning exercise in an Inter-County League battle with South Range, 8-0, after getting a short reprieve from what looked liked the season’s first loss against McDonald in a game that was suspended due to power failure the week before.

The Rams, unbeaten through six-and-a-half games and winners of five, got the edge on South Range in the second period when Adair went over from the 1-yard line, Kaloci and Hinks tackled South Range’s Stewart in the end zone in the third period for the other two points. The Rams had an earlier drive and stopped on the 1-yard line on downs.

25 years ago in 1996

The Trumbull County Farm Bureau, which represented about 3,000 farmers, came out against the proposed casino gambling measure on the Nov. 5 ballot, saying legalized betting was “morally wrong.”

The board voted to urge its members to vote down the proposal for eight gaming operations in the state, including one in Mahoning County.

“We are totally opposed to riverboat gambling and urge our members and all Trumbull County voters to vote no,” board Chairman Richard Houk said in a prepared statement.

10 years ago in 2011

The Warren native who built a factory on the city’s west side said he expected operations to continue as planned after being bought out by his Dutch partners.

“There’s no reason for anyone to be uneasy. There are no plans for layoffs. They have complete dedication to making the factory run,” Mark Marvin said in announcing that The Netherland’s van Marksteijn International had bought out his interest in Reinforcement Systems of Ohio LLC on West Market Street.

Marvin, who said he’d take full ownership of the sister factory in Las Cruces, N.M., said the Dutch company was the world’s largest manufacturer of the same type of steel wiring systems to reinforce concrete for bridges, buildings and other uses that the Warren plant made.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic


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