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1921: Dance hall violated city blue laws

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99 years ago in 1921:

• Threats that Sunday blue laws would be invoked in Warren as a result of the arrest of Leon Lackey, of Mahoning Park, Leavittsburg, on a charge of operating a dance hall for the transaction of business, were made by a group of Leavittsburg citizens.

The Sunday afternoon dance was stopped for just a moment when Sheriff Evan E. Thomas served a warrant on Lackey and placed him under arrest. The warrant charged operating a dance hall “for the transaction of business.” Lackey made the announcement to the dancers that he was having a Sunday concert for them. He intimated that if they cared to use the dance pavilion for dancing they might do so and that if any others wished to go fishing, he was sure he could do nothing about it.

Affidavits against many local persons who engaged in business Sunday for profit were being prepared, and were to be filed with the local justice of the peace.

The affidavits were understood to be in process of preparation against managers of local motion picture houses, and many other places of business, including gas stations, garages, tire shops, confectionaries, ice cream parlors and news stands. If the affidavits should result in enforcement of the Sunday blue laws there would be no gasoline sold on Sunday, no confectionaries operating, no Sunday newspapers sold, no motion picture shows, or any sort of Sunday work-for-profit done.

70 years ago in 1950:

• Nine city linemen who remained away from their jobs because of dissatisfaction over City Council’s wage adjustment, were back at work, Service Director Elmer Jones announced.

The men agreed to return to their jobs pending a settlement expected at a special meeting of City Council.

The men agreed to return to work following a four-hour round table discussion when committees were appointed to confer with J.C. Masters of Cleveland representing the international brotherhood of Electrical Workers AFL.

Councilmen Owen Burns, Dominic Raschilla and Ernest F. Zeigler represented City Council at the meeting. Supt. Bert Holloway, Service Director Elmer Jones and President of Council Edward Lenney represented the city and William Egglestone, Blair Dyess and Otis Thompson represented the linemen.

25 years ago in 1995:

• Security workers at the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic organized their efforts.

Security forces included a band of about 50 volunteers and up to five police officers at a time from the Howland Police Department.

The local tournament security workers did not expect paramilitary or the security to resemble the Secret Service.

“(Security) hasn’t been a problem,” said Traci Hale-Brown, tournament coordinator for the Star Bank LPGA Classic in Dayton, held in mid-May. “The only extra security we have is at night. There are people to walk the course – and that’s mostly to look for vandalism.”

Gary Cronenweit, one of three voluntary security and credentials coordinators for the Youngstown-Warren LPGA event, said he hesitates to ever use the word security to describe his work.

“… Most of the work we do is to make sure you have the right badge on,” he said.

10 years ago in 2010:

• Paul Clouser, owner of National Fire Repair, said all he saw was houses.

He was referring to the three-story wood and brick building over 141, 143, and 145 W. Market St. on Warren’s historic Courthouse Square. He had bought the building nine months before and was about to renovate the first floor in the two retail spaces — one of his businesses was to serve as a second location to his Youngstown headquarters, and one that was to be leased.

The second floor was to be turned into two 2,200-square-foot apartments. Clouser said he already had tenants even though the apartments were months away from completion.

The third floor was to fulfill his lifelong dream of living in downtown Warren. He was renovating it into a 4,760-square-foot apartment.

“I am all about downtown and as a Warren native, this is my dream,” Clouser said while looking out his newly installed windows.

The 150-year-old building previously housed Vautrot and Meyers jewelers, the Knights of Columbus, a dance studio, a hardware store and Midwest Fur Co. It had housed All American Cards and Comics before the comic book store owner moved a few doors west eight years before.

The renovations were planned to be finished by the end of the year and Clouser expected the cost to be $400,000 by the time the project was done.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Emily Earnhart

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