100 Years Ago (1917)

A further discrepancy of $200 was discovered in the books of former Alliance Chamber of Commerce secretary C.H. Bleich after missing receipt books were found and examined. Meanwhile, Bleich had written the Automobile Club asking for an extension to pay his $170 debt to them although the deadline of Oct. 10 had passed. Bleich said he had been unable to secure a position until recently in Columbs and his letter bore a Columbus postal cancellation. However, Bleich had been seen at Camp Sherman at the time the letter was dated.

Elliott L. Gyger resigned as the major commander of the Alliance Home Guard. Cant. E.B. Silver was to replace him until a new commander was elected.

William F. Johnston, a resident of Smith Township whose family’s farm was located near Quaker Hill and was known as Johnston’s Crossing, died at the home of his son in Carey. One of the most successful farmers in Mahoning County, Johnston served as a township trustee for a number of years before moving to Larue where he and his son became involved in the grain elevator business. Johnston’s Smith Township farm had been flag stop for the Pennsylvania Railroad prior to the founding of Sebring. W.F. Johnston’s father had served as a Mahoning County commissioner, the only man from the southwest part of the county to ever hold the office.

John Hartsock, a chef at the Dairy Lunch, was recovering from a shattered finger after he shot it with a rifle, the loaded gun having discharged while he was grabbing for something on top of the restaurant’s ice box where it was placed loaded for safe keeping. The gun was used to shoot rats in the establishment.

The first snow arrived in Alliance.

50 Years Ago (1967)

Canton resident Ruth Ann Dalton, 20, was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after arguing with Earl Kimbrough, 31, at his home in the 300 block of South Seneca Avenue after an alleged argument over a $20 debt. After Kimbrough refused to go outside to talk with Dalton alone, she allegedly pulled the gun and shot Kimbrough in the neck before turning the gun on herself. The gun she used had been reported as stolen from a Canton tavern earlier in the day after Dalton had caused a disturbance there.

Ken Corbett, Beste Reed, Shari Scott, Anna Smith and Janet Thomsson were in the running for homecoming queen at Mount Union.