War cuts off supply to Ohio Leather

Looking back at this week in history …

99 years ago in 1915:

l A local industry of importance which has been affected by the War in Europe is the Ohio Leather Co., which has a large plant in Girard. This plant is equipped for making what is known as box calf, a leather produced from calf hides.

It is said that it has a reputation as the producer of the best box calf made in this country. The supply of calf skins has been largely imported from northern Prussia, and since the war has been in progress this supply has been cut off, making it difficult for local plants to secure enough raw material to keep in steady operation.

Another leather industry being crippled is the manufacturer of colt skin, which is largely used in shoes and comes almost entirely from France. The war has almost stopped the importation of colt and horse skins, and factories using them have been compelled to substitute some other forms of hides or shut down.

l Irwin Ladd, one of the pioneer citizens of Warren, has in his possession a box which has historical value because it is the first box of matches that ever came to Warren.

At that time people had to depend upon flint and steel when their fires went out. Most people had never heard of matches, and very few had seen any as few people traveled away from home.

A.W. Porter went to New York City to buy goods, and when he came back, he bought about a dozen boxes of matches to show the people of Warren. One of these people he gave to was Mr. Ladd’s mother. Before her death, she placed a chain made of her own hair. This chain was always kept in the box, and in this way the box happened to be preserved.

50 years in 1964:

l Kent State University will make a feasibility and site survey in the Warren area to see if the establishment of a college campus as a branch of KSU is needed here with day as well as night classes.

Presently, a KSU Warren Academic Center has night classes at Harding. A campus here would mean KSU would have its own site and buildings. If a two-year day campus college is started here it could virtually evolve into a four-year college program.

KSU will receive money from the $250 million statewide bond issues passed last November. Local citizens will be called to support the college when the program moves forward. It will probably take at least several years before a day campus branch could be realized here.

l Gov. James A. Rhodes, Ohio’s top industrial go-getter, was in Warren this week for Saramar Aluminum Co.’s open house at its new 250,000-square-foot plant. More than 1,000 invited guests, civic businesses, industrial and professional leaders attended the open house.

Saramar, one of Warren’s newest industries, employs several hundred at the old Mullins Manufacturing-Youngstown Kitchens facility with an annual payroll topping $2 million.

Besides its production of aluminum extrusions, the plant houses the operation of another Saramar division, the Aluminum Fence Company of America.

There was an unscheduled fire drama when a transformer overheated and the blaze went up into electrical equipment in the ceiling, briefly cutting the power and causing fire trucks and two fire squad cars to raid the plant.

25 years ago in 1989:

l Warren industrialist Harold E. Van Huffel, who died Wednesday, May 17, was president of Van Huffel Tube Corp., a family-owned business, until 1967, when it was sold to the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. He was president and director until retiring in 1970.

Mr. Van Huffel, 84, died of a stroke at his home. He moved here in 1923 when his father established the business.

He was a member of several professional and business organizations, and was listed in Who’s Who of Industrial Leaders in America in the 1970s.

l A revised sex education curriculum is expected to receive good marks from the public when it is unveiled by the Trumbull County Board of Education.

This is the second effort in writing a curriculum guide, founded by the Teenage Sexuality & Pregnancy Prevention grant for the program. While abstinence was part of the first curriculum, it has now become a major emphasis in each of the revised lesson plans.

The county board received a $156,000 grant to help pay for the $86,170 sex education program. The $30,170 local share came from community agencies that work with adolescent issues, donations and in-kind services.

If adopted by the board, the curriculum would be recommended for use in county schools, but adoption would be left to the discretion of each board of education.

10 years ago in 2004:

l Major Molly Shotzberger, who provided direct supervision to the Salvation Army’s grief counseling center at Ground Zero, spoke at the annual meeting of the Mahoning Valley Salvation Army.

She shared her reflections on her unique service opportunities, which included service in the aftermath of 9/11 to the medical examiner’s office, fire and police rescue personnel and families at Ground Zero.

Shotzberger recently served for several months as an Ambassador to Iraq for the Salvation Army.

l People suffering from minor trauma injuries now can be treated in Trumbull County after two local hospitals received provisional status as Level Three trauma centers.

Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Health Centre both received an official report from the American College of Surgeons, allowing them to treat more serious injuries.

TMH Community Relations officer John Gonda said the status is the first step in a $6 million emergency room expansion project at Trumbull Memorial.

Each report is based on the college’s findings after representatives made consultation visits to th hospitals in March. From those visits, the college was able to evaluate each hospital’s current capabilities and formulate guidelines outlining the steps each hospital needs to take to become a trauma center.


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