100 Years Ago (1919)

Alliance resident Patrick J. Conlin was honored by the United States Railroad Administration with his likeness and biography in "The Pension Department Honor Roll." Conlin, who had retired at age 65 due to ill health in June after serving as maintenance of way storekeeper in Alliance, had started working for the railroad in 1866 at the age of 13 as a water boy on track work in his hometown of Beaver, Pennsylvania. By the age of 23, he was made a foreman of a track gang and in 1888 was promoted to supervisor. He was made storekeeper in Alliance in 1906.

Thomas Leeper, one of the oldest residents of Sebring, met with a doubly severe accident through a fall. A mason and bricklayer who had helped build Sebring "in a mechanical way," had just completed topping a chimney on a two-story home on Indiana Avenue and was about to descend by ladder, but it slipped and he fell to the ground, a distance of about 25 feet. As a result of the fall, he fractured his collar bone, his right arm just below the shoulder and just below the elbow, and his right leg just below the hip and just above the ankle, one of those fractures being compound in nature. It was still undetermined if Leeper had internal injuries.

Fred Grimes was reported as home after being honorably discharged from military service.

75 Years Ago (1944)

2nd Lt. Jim G. Lucas, a former writer with the Tulsa Tribune serving as a public relations officer, reported that the death of Alliance soldier Thomas E. "Tommy" Richards was being paid mourned by his entire battalion and that his commander believed that the former Fairmount Children’s Home resident would become a Marine legend despite being only a private first class. Noted as "brave, competent and loyal," it was said that Richards, 20, never considered his contributions as remarkable and called himself "just a yardbird" and that he "hadn’t done much." After being held back from the campaign in the Marshall Islands and assigned as an orderly for a colonel, he pleaded to go ashore at Saipan, As a stretcher bearer, he risked his life repeatedly to pull his companions back to safety and killed several enemies in his task. After receiving reports, the colonel let him remain at the front and Richards was killed while trying to save an officer that had been wounded. "Whatever you say about Tommy, it won’t be enough," said the commander.

Pfc. Roy M. Vandergrift, a resident of the 1000 block of South Seneca Avenue who enlisted in the Marines two days after he started his senior year at Alliance High, wrote his parents that he was recovering from wounds received in the South Pacific. A veteran of the Bougainville battle, he had been overseas for 23 months.

Alliance Council agreed to sell 9.41 acres of land lying north of East Patterson Street and west of Mahoning Avenue that was part of Maple Beach Park for construction of 40 homes to help relieve a residential shortage.

George Stanford Jr. was appointed as head football coach at Sebring McKinley High.

25 Years Ago (1994)

Cleveland news anchor Wilma Smith, who had just joined WJW-TV Channel 8 after spending 17 years at WEWS Channel 5, was the guest speaker at the Mayor’s Breakfast as part of the Carnation Festival.