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This Week In History: A festive 1920 Columbus Day in Warren

99 years ago in 1920

Columbus Day, a legal holiday throughout the state of Ohio, saw banks closed, and many stores and business places owned by Italians were locked up.

Italian societies of the city had chosen a fitting way to observe the holiday by making it a special Americanization Day with band concerts, parades, speeches and fireworks, features of the observance.

The Warren Italian band serenaded the officicals of the city building and then marched about the downtown section playing stirring martial airs and later played for half an hour in the court house band stand.

50 years ago in 1969

A 17-year-old Warren youth was being held by city police in connection with a burglary at 12:15 in the morning at a home on Transylvania SE.

According to police, Mrs. Johnson was en route to her home and noticed someone inside. She telephoned police from a neighbor’s home and when Sgt. Raymond Bagaglia and Patrolman William Misocky arrived, the youth ran from the home and fled west on Transylvania SE.

Police said the youth then ran south on Caroline SE toward a wooded area, but stopped when the officers threatened to fire.

The youth attempted to hide a paper bag in the brush, and the officers found a transistor radio, a wristwatch, and two change purses in the bag.

25 years ago in 1994

Howland Township Administrator John Emanuel said Howland had no legal grounds to file a class-action lawsuit against contractors who did not restore residents’ property after completion of Trumbull County’s multi-million dollar water system.

The township had received numerous complaints from residents primarily living on Howland Wilson Road, King Graves Road, Cain Drive and Altura Drive.

“The township has no legal barrier in which to take legal action because the board of trustees was not involved in contracting the work,” Emanuel said during Tuesday’s trustees meeting.

Contractors hired by Trumbull County had landscaped and seeded and the county also hired contractors to correct and replace several concrete drives.

10 years ago in 2009

While Postmaster Thomas Kerns was at home raking leaves on his Columbus Day holiday, Warren firefighters were dousing flames on the rooftop of his post office.

The fire sparked by workers using torches as part of a roof replacement project wasn’t enough to damage any mail or delay delivery to residents when the 201 High St. NE office opened for business.

“As far as I know, we’ll be fully operational, and all mail will be delivered tomorrow,” Kerns said.

Workers accidentally started the fire about 3:30 p.m., a half-hour before they were done for the day. They were using torches to melt tar when they accidentally caught the roof’s wood trusses on fire.

The fire was contained on the west side of the building, and smoke billowed out of exhaust chimneys on the roof. Firefighters had to break the window to a superviser’s office and through aluminum angled roofing on the side of the building to reach some of the flames.

The work was part of a $200,000 project that began a month prior. No damage was done to the new work or to the mail.

— Compiled from the Tribune Chronicle archives by Emily Earnhart

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