This week in history: Calf exhibit highlights 1919 fair

99 years ago in 1919:

• One of the most interesting features of the Warren Fair included the Trumbull Calf Club exhibit of Holestein calves, including a papier mache talking cow that gave real milk, drawn by an attendant and told about the records of the $60,000 bull owned by William Coale. Attending the exhibit were about 40 young Trumbull County lads, proud owners of as many calves and members of the Trumbull Calf Club, an organization fostered by the People’s Savings Company that loaned the money to the boys to buy pure bred heifer calves and included the chance to win prizes including $100.

“Every boy thinks his calf is worth a million dollars,” said Mr. Coale.

50 years ago in 1968:

• Trumbull deputies were investigating a counterfeit $20 bill passed at the Champion branch of the North Bloomfield Banking Co.

The suspect had been described by a spokesman for the banking company as a white male about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and had escaped in a black 1958 Chevrolet station wagon with a blue and white license plate, probably of Maryland. The suspect had been pursued on Route 45, but no apprehension was made. Several $20 bills with serial numbers beginning with the letter L and ending with the letter A had been circulated on unsuspecting businessmen in the Mahoning Valley in the previous weeks.

25 years ago in 1993:

• Customers in Niles received a higher than normal bill for the month of July because of the increased use of air conditioning and refrigeration units. According to Jim Newbrough, Superintendent of the Light Department of Niles, Niles delivered a record amount of electrical power. The 25,872 megawatt-hours in July shattered the old record of 24,144 megawatt-hours in July 1991. Newbrough attributed the high usage to the unusually hot and humid weather experienced for the month.

“The absence of any major problems with the city’s electrical system during this period is a reflection of the major program undertaken in recent years to upgrade and modernize the city’s distribution network,” Newbrough said.

The average cost per kilowatt-hour was 3.9 cents as compared to 4.1. cents in July 1992.

10 years ago in 2008:

• The rate of suicide in Trumbull County appeared on track with the previous year’s record high, 41, according to Trumbull LifeLines coordinator, Ilona Roth-Cohn.

“Unfortunately, the trend does not seem to be going down,” said Roth-Cohn. With a confirmed 22 self-inflicted deaths through Aug. 20, she predicted an increase over the 38 (total) suicides in 2006 and 36 (total) in 1999 alongside “a poor economy, job losses and foreclosures and new stressors adding to the typical stressors of relationship issues and substance abuse.”

Suicide Prevention Awareness Week coincided with World Suicide Prevention Day, recognizing the 1 million suicides, as of that year, committed worldwide.

— Compiled from Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart