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Train passed with President Harding’s body

99 years ago in 1923

Warren G. Harding, the late president, a man whom the nation loved and revered, has died. Conqueror of one disease, he fell victim to another and his soul passed on.

More than a president of the greatest and strongest nation in the world was he. Warren G. Harding, the man, embodied the ideals of a nation and was loved as such.

These are the reasons why hundreds of Trumbull County citizens went without sleep and early in the morning stood along the railroad right-of-way in silent, respectful, sorrowful groups as the train bearing his remains passed by. For those reasons many thousands of other Ohioans did the same.

For these reasons, Chicago had the greatest outpouring of its cosmopolitan humanity in the history of the city with more than a quarter of a million people lined the city and environs respectfully viewing the train.

The special train, hours late because of the great crowds of people which lined its pathway sometimes in such dense masses that the train could proceed only at a slowest pace, passed through Newton Falls at 8:45 a.m. A quarter of an hour later it went over the crossings on leader roads running southward from Warren.

50 years ago in 1972:

It was expected that all of state Route 11, the Lake-to-River Highway, would be open by mid-September 1972, except the 22-mile section between state Route 82 in Trumbull County and U.S. Route 322 in Ashtabula County.

A state Highway department spokesperson said the department and the Cleveland Illuminating Co. were at odds about the cost of traffic lights, and that as soon as that issue was resolved, the lights would be put up.

Division 4 Deputy Director Frank Fischer said three consultants were working on plans for grade separations on the Trumbull County section, which was expected to be completed by March 1973. The estimated cost of the grade crossings was $10.5 million.

The Trumbull County portion of the highway had been scheduled to open in summer of 1972, but objections from area residents about at-grade crossings and safety hazards that might occur as school buses attempted to cross the four-lane highway delayed the opening.

25 years ago in 1997:

Current and former Niles residents gathered in unity and friendship for the second African-American Homecoming held at Waddell Park. Those attending saw not only local people but also former city residents who now live in Arizona, New Jersey, Cleveland, New York and Cincinnati.

Homecoming committee members had been busy since the previous November preparing for the second reunion — contacting those friends and families who attended the first reunion held in 1995. More than 150 people from 30 different families attended the weekend event.

Committee member Martha Tabor Truss said, “This get-together is to unite families and friends raised on the east side of Niles. Everyone comes back here to their original roots. This was even like a mini family reunion for several of the families attending.”

10 years ago in 2012:

The second tornado in as many years in Trumbull County touched down on Park Avenue, the National Weather Service in Cleveland confirmed. A spokesman said NWS officials were in the area and determined a tornado touched down, scattering hundreds of trees and branches through the neighborhood.

The tornado rose and fell rapidly and stayed mostly in the air, which caused most of the damage to roofs in the area, the spokesman said. The NWS classified the tornadoes an EF-0, meaning it caused little damage in comparison to larger twister.

The path was about three miles long and no one was injured, the spokesman said.

The storm also affected Liberty and Hubbard.

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

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