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The week in history: In 1921, Halloween pranksters sent to jail

99 years ago in 1921:

Jail for boys was the promise for those whose celebration of Halloween two weeks ahead of time was going to find their celebrations ending in incarceration, police promised.

Groups of boys in various sections of the city already had begun the pranks of former years and police had notified several residents. Bluecoats were going to nab the ones who commenced their pranks too early and jail was to be the result. Citizens’ property was to be protected and residents of the city were not to stand for a two-week period of annoyance.

Writing on the windows with soap was one of the principal complaints. Another was the throwing of vegetables and fruits, the ringing of doorbells, carrying away steps and porch furniture and similar tricks.

The wise residents were having screen doors taken down so that a well-directed cabbage head did not go through. Others were having their porch furniture stored away in garages, cellars and attics.

Parents who found their offspring doing Halloween tricks were to warn them of arrest and if unable to find them were told they might locate them in the city jail.

80 years ago in 1940:

Trumbull elections officials expressed the belief that more than the estimated 20,000 young men 21 to 35 years of age were to register in the county for one year’s military training.

Raymond E. Hipple, clerk, reported that virtually all of the 134 precinct offices were rushed by registrants and that a number sent S.O.S. calls for additional supplies.

“Unless the men are rushing to register early, the 20,000 estimate fixed by the state officials will be low for this county,” said Hipple.

Precinct workers in the county’s booths reported that the registrants showed a very good attitude of cooperation and no disturbing reports had come into the elections board headquarters at press time.

The booths were open until 9 p.m. and opened at 7 a.m. It was expected that only about 500 of the county’s registered men would actually be called for training. Each of the men was asked 11 questions,and the information was intended merely to put him on record of attaining draft age and to give him a number for the national draft lottery.

25 years ago in 1995:

In a bit of a stretch, Girard city officials were offered the chance to be affiliated with Jacobs Field.

Forest City Enterprises Inc. of Cleveland, the company that owned Tower City shopping and office complex and built the enclosed walkway to Jacobs Field, inquired about city-owned Girard Lake.

Forest City was the second company in a matter of weeks to approach the city about lakefront land purchased a few months previous for $2.5 million.

City officials had purchased the property including about 1,000 acres and two large lakes in the hopes of one day having a municipal water system. A treatment plant, dam repairs and land purchases were originally part of a $15 million package offered to the city by Consumers Ohio Water Service, but the city balked at the price and chose instead to keep an option on the idea by buying just the land.

Since then the city had been working on annexing all of the lake land that was in surrounding townships into the city. Dam repairs were estimated at a cost of $2.3 million, but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources gave the city leeway on the project so long as a plan for future repair was made.

10 years ago in 2010:

The DeNicholas family of Howland was preparing to do battle in its living room as the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers did battle on the football field.

Tom and Beth DiNicholas, both 59, were lifelong Browns fans. But their children, Erin, 32, and Scott, 29, vociferously cheered for the Steelers’ black and gold.

“Good taste skips a generation in this house,” Erin shrugged.

“Respect the rings,” Scott said, referring to Pittsburgh’s (then) six Super Bowl rings, the only jewelry that matters.

“It starts early in the morning, or maybe the week before,” said Tom, a financial planner. “If the kids aren’t here, then the phones start ringing during commercials.”

Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle

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