100 YEARS AGO (1920)

— With the intention of building a modern pleasure park, J.L. Snyder, of Newton Falls, signed an eight-year lease with Stark Electric Railroad Manager F.L. Mowry for Lake Park, located between Alliance and Sebring. Snyder, builder and promoter of Summit Beach Park in Akron, planned to spend $80,000 to $100,000 in getting the park in shape. Already used for picnics and parties, Snyder planned to clear the lake for boating, improve the beach, make repairs to the dancing pavilion and construct a children’s playground. Also planned for the future was a roller coaster as well as a midway, featuring a merry-go-round, shooting gallery, soft drink stands, park games and other popular amusements. He also planned to construct a baseball field. In order to make the park accessible by automobile, he planned to construct a boulevard from Alliance to the park, extending it to the State Road as well so that the park could be reached from all points.

— The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house was completed and its members had taken up residence in the three-story red brick structure known as "the house on the hill," located along College Street and adjacent to the campus. The house and furnishings were valued at more than $35,000.

— Papers of incorporation of the Alliance Racing Company were filed by J.W. Hillis, C.L. Aiken, E. Heitsman, Egbert Ellis and Charles Heitsman. The capital was $5,000, represented by 500 shares of common stock valued at $10 each. The object of the company was to conduct horse races, auto races and other outdoor sports. The grounds had not yet been announced. 

75 YEARS AGO (1945)

— Alliance High’s James Scott Flynn, 16, was killed when he was struck by an automobile while crossing State Street at Ridgewood Avenue. A companion, Robert Schweikart, 16, was in the hospital with serious injuries. Both boys lived on Ridgewood Avenue and were reported to be crossing the street on a Saturday around midnight when they walked out from between parked cars in front of a car driven by Center Avenue resident Derwood Clayton, who struck Flynn. Shchweikart was struck by a car going the other way. Clayton was absolved of any fault in the accident due to witness testimony. Flynn, the son of Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Flynn, was treasurer of the junior class, was a member of several social and academic clubs and played in the orchestra.

— Eleven people escaped death when the residence of Jack Wright, located in the 200 block of Norman Avenue, was blown to pieces around them in a freak explosion. It was attributed to a collection of gas under the floor of the one-story frame dwelling caused by a leak in the pipe leading from the street. No fire ensued. One of the children was thrown against the ceiling by the impact and hung there with his head through the plaster until someone came to his assistance. Another occupant was blown under the floor of the dwelling, which had no cellar. With Wright were his wife, Della; a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Ormiston and her two small children; and several visitors from the Felton family, neighbors of the Wrights.

— Alliance’s Pvt. Harry P. Alviani and Beechwood’s Lt. Fred Kirby Schwall were reported as being released from prisoner of war camps. Alviani, freed from Stalag 4B in Germany, had been held captive since Dec. 30 when he was taken prisoner in Luxembourg while fighting with the 38th Infantry Division. Schwall, a pilot, had been listed as missing in action for 17 months over Burma and was freed from a Japanese camp during a British offensive. Louisville’s Floyd M. Kohr was also liberated from a prison camp in Germany.

— Sebring’s Pvt. Curtis Fahnert Jr. was reported as receiving a serious jaw wound while serving in Germany.

— The Minerva VFW Post 4120 was named in honor of D.C. Whetstone, a Minerva servicememan who amde the supreme sacrifice in World War II.

— Alliance High graduates Elaine Lauener Biery and Donna Jean Eyer were preparing to graduate from the Youngstown School of Nursing. Meanwhile, Alliance residents Edna Linerode and Lois McClelland were among 33 set to graduate from the Aultman Hospital School of Nursing.

50 AND 25 YEARS AGO

(1970 and 1995)

(NOTE: Material for the month of May for these years was not accessed from microfilm files at Rodman Public Library prior to its temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.)