Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2013. There are 336 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1843: The 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, is born in Niles, Ohio.

1845: Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” is first published in the New York Evening Mirror.

1863: The Bear River Massacre takes place as the U.S. Army attacks Shoshone in present-day Idaho.

1919: The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which launches Prohibition, is ratified.

1929: The Seeing Eye, a 1936: The first inductees of baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, are named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

1963: The first charter members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are named in Canton, Ohio (they were enshrined when the Hall opened in September 1963).


1988: Bishop James W. Malone of the Youngstown Diocese says the ever-dwindling number of priests locally and throughout the nation will force the diocese to become increasingly dependent on lay ministers.

Mahoning County Domestic Relations Judge John J. Leskovyansky asks county commissioners for an additional $118,000 in his budget to hire three investigators and six clerks needed to perform duties required under the new state child support law.

1973: The largest class in the history of Poland Boy Scout Troop 44 receives Eagle Scout awards. The five recipients are: Larry Cracraft, Tim McKee, Mitchell Pavelko, Michael Leone and Matt Marinelli.

1963: In the middle of sub-zero weather, gas furnaces in between 10,000 and 15,000 homes in Youngstown, Boardman and Hubbard click off when pressure is lost in gas lines due to a valve malfunction on a 20-inch East Ohio Gas line.

Ahmad Mousa, operator of Mousa’s Grocery at 639 W. Madison Ave., sends two bandits scurrying from his store after firing four shots at them. Mousa says he’s never lost a dime to stickup artists, whom he describes as “cowards with guns.”

An application for $1.6 million for sidewalk improvements in Youngstown is rejected by the Federal Accelerated Works Program.

1938:Russell Helfrich, 28, and Perry F. Pepin, 26, musicians who had played at the Manhattan Caf , an East Liverpool night club, are killed when their car stalled on the nearby Pennsylvania Railroad trucks and is struck by a fast-moving freight train.

Three men from eastern Ohio are among the 500 small businessmen invited to a meeting in Washington with Secretary of Commerce Daniel Rober. They are Charles Gustav-sen of Youngstown, head of Eclipse Rubber Wrapping Band Co.; Dana M. Bailey Jr., Newton Falls furniture store proprietor, and W.H. Locke Anderson of East Liverpool, general manager of the Edwin M. Knowles China Co.

Mahoning County Engineer Robert J. Schomer, who at 28 is the youngest county official ever elected here, is presented the fourth annual Junior Chamber of Commerce award for outstanding service to the community during 1937.

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