1918: Woman treats kids to Christmas dinner

This week in history:

99 years ago in 1918:

• Every needy child in Warren was given a Christmas dinner through the generosity of Mrs. Estelle Farnsworth of North Park Avenue.

Mrs. Farnsworth had two sons with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, who were not able to come home to enjoy the usual Christmas cheer of home with her, and her heart went out to the children who might not be blessed with parents or guardians who would be able to supply them with the joys of the Yule tide.

She opened her home to the children, desiring there be no limit placed on the number to be entertained.

• William Wagstaff had agreed to improve west side streets within a specified time and nothing had been done. Families residing there were deprived of groceries and milkmen and butchers refused to deliver commodities on account of the impassable condition of the streets.

Howard Turner, city engineer, disappeared from the city five weeks prior and had not been seen since. The demands made on the engineer’s office, and evidence necessary to produce in court in several cases in which the city was involved, was felt more keenly everyday.

Mr. Turner had been seen in Chicago, but when an investigation was made by the police department, it was learned that he had left Chicago for Montana, went into the mountains with a lumber crew and was expected to remain there during the winter months.

50 years ago in 1967:

• The youth choir and the senior choir combined to present Christmas services at the First Baptist Church.

The program featured sacred and traditional choral music including “Adeste Fidelis,” an 18th century carol.

A candlelight and choral service Christmas Eve included music of a “Christmas Fantasy” and an organ piano duet, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” by Bach.

• Three men, arrested on a warrant by Youngstown police in connection with a Dec. 5 armed robbery at Abe’s Market in Youngstown, were lodged in city jail to await a hearing in Municipal Court to answer charges of destruction of Niles City property after they attempted to set fire to the jail block.

The three men, ages 18, 19, and 21, used paper napkins and bags in which their meals were served to start a fire in the corner of the jail, stuffed papers into the toilet, kicked the door and otherwise destroyed furnishings. They continually harassed and annoyed the officer on duty and they had to be placed in separate cells where they could do no damage.

Police Chief Ross said the fire was minor and extinguished in minutes by members of the adjoining fire department.

25 years ago in 1992:

• Chants of “93” and “still number one” seemed to say it all as hundreds of red-and-white clad Penguin fans waited for their team to file through the gates at Youngstown Municipal Airport. Fans who turned out to welcome the football team said they were not discouraged by the close loss to Marshall University in the final moments of the Division I-AA championship game in Huntington, W.Va.

“We’re looking forward to next year,” said Eric Nashbar, 25, of Youngstown.

“I was disappointed, but I’m still proud,” said long-time Penguins fan Robert Smith, 68, of Youngstown, “This is hard — they’re still number one in Youngstown, though.”

Coach Jim Tressel, not surprised by the fans’ optimism, said it was obvious that people in the Valley were behind the team. “Here’s just another example of that,” he said.

• A standing room-only crowd was treated to a healthy dose of politicians’ humor at a swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected Trumbull County officials.

Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay presided at the 10 a.m. ceremony at the county courthouse. After they were sworn in, each new official took to the microphone to thank those that had made his or her election possible.

Commissioner Joseph J. Angelo Jr. apparently had enough of the humble gratitude when he approached the microphone and said with a smile, “I want you to know I did it all myself.”

He retracted the statement and proceeded to thank his family for their support.

Clerk of Courts Margaret O’Brien thanked her staff for their help and for assisting her in producing a cookbook as a fundraising project, adding they were “only $5 each now and make great stocking stuffers.”

10 years ago in 2007:

• Hubbard police got a call from Reed Middle School where a 13-year-old girl had been overheard earlier in the day saying she brought a toy gun to school.

The girl’s locker was searched and police found what Sgt. James Taafe said looked like a target gun that shoots soft-tipped darts.

“Yes, that’s a violation of the school policy, but it’s not a firearm,” Taafe said.

The teen was taken into custody and brought to the police station because a parent could not be contacted immediately.

The 13-year-old faced possible charges following police consult with prosecutors at the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center.

• Members of Believers Christian Fellowship and Joe Cameneti, senior pastor, had a pretty big idea — to fill the angel wish lists for toys, clothes or any other item of 270 students in kindergarten through second grade.

“We decided to adopt Jefferson Elementary School, and we’re going to do different things for them throughout the year,” Cameneti said.

The students were met with more than 3,000 presents and the church planned to continue the giving through the year, promising books to students at Easter.

“I’m awe-inspired,” principal Jeff DeJulia said.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart.