100 Years Ago (1918)
Communities across the area cheered wildly as peace was finally announced shortly after 5 a.m. when Germany signed the armistice ending the Great War. In Alliance, it was reported that the demonstration was unequalled in the city’s history as impromptu parades of factory workers, labor unions, lodge members, foreign societies, school children and the general public marched and danced to the music of several city bands and drum corps. Most notably in the procession were members of the John C. Fremont Post No.729 GAR, commanded by J.A. Matticks, who marched to drum and fife music provided by M.M. Southworth, Albert Hawkins and William A. Hoffmell. The parade included a large float with the kaiser hung in effigy. It was reported that in Sebring all schools were closed, factories ceased operation and all business was suspended in celebration.
Word was received that Harry L. Saunier, a soldier from Alliance, had died from wounds received in battle in France on Oct.14.
Two Garfield boys — Lawrence Wallace,19, and Bennie Wallace,14— were killed when a Stark Electric Railway car struck an automobile at the Hoppes Lane Crossing, about two miles southwest of Alliance. Injured in the accident were Glen Wallace,12, Leroy Antram,19, and Eldon Grimes, 16. The car had apparently gotten stuck on the tracks. Four of the boys had been in the car while one tried to get it free by pushing. Officials said the boys appeared to not notice the approach of the car. The vehicle, a Chevrolet, was owned by the Wallace family, and it was reported that Grimes, who was only familiar with driving a Ford, was behind the wheel when it stalled as it approached the track. Grimes, who was seriously injured and still unconscious, was being instructed by one of the others on the running board to get the car moving when the lever throwing the engine into second gear, started the auto forward and onto the track.
75 Years Ago (1943)
City residents awoke to a "winter blizzard" and a bomb exploding at 7 a.m. from the American Legion post home on East Market Street on Nov.11— Armistice Day. Bombs exploded every half hour until 9 a.m. and then every 15 minutes until 11 a.m. to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end World War I.
50 Years Ago (1968)
W.C. Alexander and Orvie Sanor, the last remaining Spanish-American War veterans in Alliance, were given special recognition during the city’s Veterans Day observance.
Sebring native Rose Mary Woods made national news when she was appointed executive secretary by President-elect Richard Nixon, the first of his administration. Woods, who made headlines in 1961 when she was the first secretary to ever be named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, had served as Nixon’s personal secretary since 1951.
Terri Briggs was crowned the Alliance High School Pigskin Prom Queen by her escort, Phillip Slifkin.