This week in History: Auditor calls for streetcar line in 1920

99 years ago in 1920:

• Warren City auditor George Hecklinger mailed notices to representatives of all factories in the northeast section of the city advising them of a meeting which was to be called to discuss the advisability of constructing a streetcar line to connect their factories with the main line of the Mahoning Valley Street Railway system. The meeting was scheduled in the city building on Franklin street. Besides the representatives of the factories present at the meeting, city council’s street railway committee attended.

Factories in the rapidly growing northeast section had long complained of the inadequate streetcar service and demanded regular service to be rendered by the construction of a line direct to the factories.

50 years ago in 1969:

• Two young horsemen from Trumbull County and their 4-H Club, the Saddlemasters, were in the spotlight at the Ohio State Fair.

Jackie Sandberg, 16, of Hubbard, was awarded first place for 16-year-olds in the horsemanship category in the 4-H horse show and Jack Williams, 11, of Sodom Hutchings Road, also of the Saddlemasters, was reserve state champion in horsemanship in the 10-12 years of age category. It was the first time Trumbull County had dual winners in the highly competitive state show at Columbus. Sandberg, was a Liberty High School junior and Williams was a seventh-grader in the Fowler-Vienna school system.

25 years ago in 1994:

• The Youngstown Regional Airport announced the conversion of one of its shortest runways into a taxiway.

The Western Reserve Port Authority, which operated the airport, decided to make the change because the 3,700-foot runway was the shortest and airport manager Lawrence Diemand said it gets only about 3 percent of the total takeoffs and landings.

The change was to allow the port authority to lease as much as 20 acres of land north and south of the runway for development.

“There’s no one ready to sign a lease, but there’s a number of people with an interest in developing here,” Diemand said.

10 years ago in 2009:

• The Youngstown Business Incubator received $350,000 from the state to continue providing incubator services.

Julie Michael Smith, YBI chief development officer, said the money was the agency’s yearly state allocation through the Ohio Thomas Edison Program to “provide entrepreneurial resources and services to emerging companies.”

YBI was one of eight Edison Technology Incubators in Ohio given awards. Additionally, five Edison Technology Centers, which focus on companies in the market entry and growth sustainability phases, were given awards.

YBI’s allocation was part of $9.6 million approved by the state.

Compiled from the Archives of the Tribune Chronicle.