100 Years Ago (1919)
— Work on the tower of the First Methodist Church was being completed as 13 new chimes were to be installed. The set of chimes, said to be among the finest in the country, consisted of 13 bells — two of which were reported to be heavier than the Liberty Bell. The chimes were a gift of Col. W.H. Morgan and W.H. Ramsey in memory of Morgan Engineering founder Thomas Rees Morgan Sr., his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, the late Mrs. Margaret Morgan Ramsey. They were to chime for the first time on Christmas Eve. A novel bronze illuminated revolving cross was also being surmounted on the tower.
— Howard Cook, a well-known farmer and stockman who at one time resided on a farm along the State Road south of Sebring, died at the age of 63 in North Carolina, where he had located nine years prior for the health of his family. In Ohio, he had been engaged in the breeding of Ayrshire cattle, becoming quite noted around the country and had been an exhibitor at the The World’s Fair in St. Louis where won prize awards.
75 Years Ago (1944)
— One of the first WACs in the United States to receive a direct commission from enlisted ranks was 2nd Lt. Beatrice Korosy, a native of Alliance. She was assigned to the Sixth Service Command Laboratory at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, as a laboratory technician. She held a degree in bacteriology from Ohio State and had been a medical technician at Cleveland Clinic before enlisting.
— Alliance’s Cpl. Irvin F. Cobbs, a car commander in a mechanized cavalry reconnaissance squadron, was awarded a Bronze Star. Under heavy fire, Cobbs had left his own vehicle and ran to another that had been abandoned, driving it to cover. His actions likely saved an armored car and its crew from destruction and death.
— Sgt. Edwin E. "Bud" Howell, former Alliance High football star who was serving as a gunner on a B-24, had received a presidential citation as part of a crew that destroyed two German airplane factories. He had flown 46 missions. On one, he and his crew were shot down over Yugoslavia and were hidden for six days, later escaping by boat from an area where there were 20,000 Germans at the time.
— Pvt. Robert A. Hively, a Salem soldier and former Mount Union student, had been awarded a Bronze Star while serving with a medical detachment in the Second Division of the First Army.
50 Years Ago (1969)
— Dale E. Baugh, a 1968 Marlington High grad who was a midshipman third class at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, became a member of the Marine Technology Society at the Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Carderock, Maryland.
25 Years Ago (1994)
— Anthony Grimes was installed as the worshipful master of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge.
— It was reported that Major Gary D. Jordan had retired from military service Oct. 31 after more than 20 years of active duty. The 1970 Sebring McKinley High grad entered the U.S. Navy the same year and made several cruises before separating from active duty in 1974. He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1977 as a law enforcement specialist with a rank of sergeant and after attending Officer Candidate School served at posts in Indiana, Greenland and Florida, accumulating several decorations.