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City health board was accused of gross neglect

This week in history

99 years ago in 1922:

• Charges that the city health board had been guilty of gross neglect of its businesses were made by member John Schell when he cited the fact that the board had not met in regular session since June 20, 1921. The law had required monthly meetings, but none had been held for seven months.

Schell superheated the chilly atmosphere of the city council chamber with charges that the new law standardizing the sale of milk was not enforced upon all dealers in Warren and then revived the old garbage collection fight.

“Employees of the Board of Health aided and abetted the independent garbage collector, Bartlett, to defy the Board of Health in its garbage collection contract,” Mr. Schell said. “I never saw anything so rotten imposed on anyone,” he continued.“And we have proof that employees of the board collaborated with Bartlett against the board.”

The garbage collection fight dated back to early 1921 when as prescribed under law the only man authorized to collect garbage in Warren was N.J. Bartlett whose verbal contract with the city lasted until June 1. Advertisements had been published asking for bids and M.L. Gardner was awarded the garbage collection contract. He furnished the $1,000 bond and began to work, while Bartlett continued in the work and advertised he was an independent garbage collector. He was arrested and the case continued to circuit court.

50 years ago in 1971:

• Herman T. Pfennighaus, officer in charge of the Warren Post Office since Jan. 16 of 1970, had been promoted to postmaster by Postmaster General Winton M. Blount.

The appointment was made under the new, non-political merit system contained in the recently enacted Postal Reorganization Act.

Pfennighaus was the first Warren Postmaster to be promoted up through the ranks.

Pfennighaus, Warren’s 28th postmaster since the office was established in 1801, was selected by the Board of Governors with Postmaster General Blount as chairman.

Pfennighaus began his postal career as a substitute clerk in September 1948. He was promoted to supervisor in March 1965, and served as assistant postmaster from January 1967, until his appointment in charge Jan. 16, 1970.

He became officer in charge following the death of postmaster Donald Campbell who perished in a house fire in 1969, along with his wife and son.

A member of the Warren Rotary Club and the National Association of Postal Supervisors, he attended McDonald Schools, was a Warren resident and had been a Warren resident for 30 years.

25 years ago in 1996:

• Trumbull County schools were busy crunching ninth-grade proficiency numbers seeming to agree on one thing: in the sometimes confusing analysis of the state-mandated tests, apples and oranges don’t mix and sometimes apples aren’t even apples.

“I don’t think you can hang your hat on the figures across school district lines,” said Newton Falls Principal Rich Hura. “It’s going to vary from subject area to subject area and it’s best to pull back any specific conclusions from raw numbers.”

Hura, whose ninth-grade class did remarkably well overall, said he had spent most of his time looking not at how his school stacked up against others in the county or against private schools, but instead created a lost of specific students who failed the exam to get a bearing on whether they need to get help.

Statewide results released showed that 72 percent of private school ninth graders passed all four parts of the proficiency test compared to 48 percent in public schools.

10 years ago in 2011:

• Police arrested a man and woman just after midnight Saturday after they had run away from officers.

The 47 year-old man of Larchmont Avenue was in Trumbull County Jail on charges of driving under suspension, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. He also had a fugitive warrant from Niles police.

Reports stated the man was in the driver’s seat of a car at Mercer and Belmont at about 12:04 a.m. where officers thought a drug transaction was taking place.

As an officer approached the car, the man jumped out and began running away. He was tracked down by a police K9 and was arrested a short distance away.

Meanwhile, a Kinsman Street woman in the car jumped in the driver’s seat and began driving away, according to police.

Officers chased her for a short distance and stopped her on Warren Boulevard.

The suspectwas booked into the jail on a charge of obstructing official business.

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

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