99 years ago in 1922:
• Authorities started the city’s case against Alex Bollis, who was accused of running a South Pine Street playground that police had stripped of lavish toys in two raids.
City Attorney Lea investigated and interrogated witnesses before Judge Jones in a police court.
Bollis and his brother Steve talked about running a bare house and “Rooms” where soft drinks could be served if desired.
Police found the site carefully guarded during a double attack, it is said, and access was only gained after breaking through a heavy door. Bollis was also charged with violating the Screen Act for the door and closed entrance.
South Pine Street “Gambling Palace” located on the second floor of a business block and stocked with the best and most complete random gadgets found in recent raids by local police.
50 years ago in 1971:
• David St. Clair, author of “Drum the Candle” was scheduled to speak at the third Elders Forum at Howland Community Church.
St. Clair should speak on “Adventure in the Occult” and group discussions were to follow, with St. Clair answering questions.
The Warren writer completed his volume “Mental State” in which he wrote of his observations of occult movements in the western United States. He was expected to speak about his book and his experiences in South America writing for Time, Life and Holiday Magazines.
25 years ago in 1996:
• Melvin and Middy Smith had been husband and wife together for over 50 Valentine’s Day.
The secret of their marital longevity: They went on dates.
“We keep every Saturday evening to ourselves; you shouldn’t stop meeting “ said Middy Smith, who married Melvin 10 days after returning from four years of fighting in World War II. “Even when we had a family, we made it a practice to get a babysitter and spend Saturday nights together.
“We’ve had some tough times – marriage is hard work – but we’re still in love” She said.
The Smiths of West Farmington were among 250 couples who came to the Old Country Buffet to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free dinner. All shared one requirement – they had to be married before February 14, 1946.
10 years ago in 2011:
• Historical groups from Trumbull County gathered to hear plans for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, which began with the Confederate Forces attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC on April 12, 1861, and four years later in 1865 ended the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
The bicentenary of the Civil War would be celebrated from 2011 to 2015 and allow the public to learn how the Ohioans had a profound influence on the war.
Rachel Doddato, coordinator of the Northeast Ohio Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee, said events are planned across the state, including Trumbull County.
Doddato said many organizations wanted to promote their Civil War programs with special exhibits, reenactments of characters from the period, tours, and publications.
The aim of the anniversary was to show new generations how the Ohioans had a lasting impact on the war, how the war changed Ohio and how the culture was still influenced by historical times today.
– Compiled from the Archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic.
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