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February 18, 1975: With food prices still booming, home gardeners are ordering seeds for spring



Published: Mon, February 18, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



February 18, 1975: With food prices still booming, home gardeners are ordering seeds for spring planting in record amounts while the icy grip of winter is still on the land.

A Highland Avenue market owner shoots and captures one of three men who robbed him in a noon-time robbery. The suspect is in satisfactory condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The state auditor's office criticizes the Youngstown Municipal Court clerk's office for its processing of traffic ticket summonses and its collection of unpaid fines.

February 18, 1960: A dispute over relatives of Boardman officials on the township payroll explodes just before the end of a routine trustee meeting.

A 9-year-old West Side boy accidentally shoots his 5-year-old sister in the leg with a gun their father thought was unloaded. She is in satisfactory condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The Cuban cabinet ratifies a sugar trade pact with the Soviet Union, making it Cuba's biggest customer next to the United States.

February 18, 1950: A crowded Long Island Railroad commuter train speeds through a stop signal and rips head-on into another passenger train, killing 29 persons and injuring more than 100.

A new cold rolling mill capable of rolling strips to cigarette-paper thinness is being built by Cold Metal Products Co. at its Wilson Ave. Plant, President W.B. Lockwood discloses.

Rayen defeats Chaney, 52-43, before 1,357 fans at South Field House to capture its first city scholastic basketball championship since 1946.

February 18, 1925: "All future power will be extracted from the sun's rays," declares Burnell R. Ford, scientist and inventor, during a demonstration of electrical phenomena before 800 members of the Youngstown Education Association.

Public agitation over a bill to prohibit teaching of the Darwinian theory of man's evolution in state-supported schools attracts such a throng to the North Carolina statehouse of representatives that a near stampede develops.

Legal battle for the possession of pretty 7-year-old Helen Skrtic ends with a Mahoning County court order that gives her to her father instead of the foster-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pomgratic, with whom she lived since 14 months of age.February 19, 1975: Some 150 blooming mill workers at Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube Co.'s Campbell Works ignore a common pleas court injunction and remain on the picket line in a dispute of job eliminations.

A fire of suspicious origin breaks out at the Berih Food Market on Highland Avenue where the owner shot and captured one of three robbers a day earlier. Damage is estimated at $1,500.

A 46-year-old Pennsylvania parolee will be given a polygraph test to determine whether he was involved in the Dec. 14 murder of the Benjamin Marsh family in Canfield.

February 19, 1960: Three bandits make off with $59 and a case of beer after robbing the manager of a McAllister Farm Market at 501 Albert St.

Famed comedian Bert Wheeler flies in from New York to appear as the guest on the opening of the Bob Hagan Show on WFMJ- TV. The hour-long show will be broadcast each Friday from the Hotel Pick-Ohio.

Dr. Frank Bellino of Youngstown loses a hard-fought match in the first round of the National Championship of Golf Club Champions in St. Augustine, Fla.

February 19, 1950: Sister M. Adelaide, superintendent of St. Elizabeth Hospital, announces plans to raise $2 million for a major expansion at the hospital.

Cleveland's municipal electric plant reports it has only a nine-day supply of coal.

The board of directors of the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association picks Youngstown as the site of its annual convention. Some 300 conventioneers are expected at the Hotel Pick-Ohio in October.

February 19, 1925: Youngstown vice squad officers capture a large still in operation at the Manning Ave. home of Mike Sandek. Officers have been on the track of the still for some time.

Warren police have no clues in the disappearance of Betty Jean Britt, a school teacher missing for nearly a week.

Mayor Charles F. Scheible is considering removal of the criminal branch of municipal court from its present crowded quarters in the police building to the second floor of City Hall




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