"Years Ago" – Bicentennial Events in 1975

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Here is a photo gallery to go along with the "Years Ago" photo published in The Vindicator on Sunday April 15, 2018. April 20, 1975: The Youngstown-Mahoning County Bicentennial Commission kicked off events for the nation's 200th birthday in 1976. A ceremony on Federal Plaza in downtown Youngstown marked the bicentennial of Paul Revere's midnight ride in April 1775, which many historians signal as the start of the American Revolution. Members of The Sons and Daughters of Liberty helped re-create a colonial atmosphere for the ceremony. The photos in the album are from 1975.

VALLEY FOUNDERS MEMORIAL - A bicentennial memorial of white Vermont granite will pay tribute to Youngstown's first settlers.  Taking part in ground-breaking ceremonies at Spring Common Bridge and Federal Plaza this morning were: (left to right) Walter Damon, architect and co-chairman for the memorial: Mrs. Walter Schaff, vice chairman of the Bicentennial Commission; Edward J. Hulme, director of the Bicentennial Commission; Prosecuting Atty. Vicent Gilmartin, representing Mahoning County; John Logue, of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, co-chairman for the memorial; Ted M. Kramer, business agent of Carpenters Local 171, and Louis Rich, business agent for Cement Masons Local 179.  It is being constructed under the Joint Apprenticeship Program.  (Story on Page 8)

Photo published September 9, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

VALLEY FOUNDERS MEMORIAL - A bicentennial memorial of white Vermont granite will pay tribute to Youngstown's first settlers. Taking part in ground-breaking ceremonies at Spring Common Bridge and Federal Plaza this morning were: (left to right) Walter Damon, architect and co-chairman for the memorial: Mrs. Walter Schaff, vice chairman of ...


RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - Clingan Jackson (right foreground), chairman of the Mahoning-Youngstown Bicentennial Commission, and Merv Jones (at microphone on Jackson's left), WKBN Broadcasting Co. production director, discussed the historical importance of Paul Revere's famous ride with area residents Saturday in Youngstown Federal Plaza.  Jackson noted many historians date the start of the American Revolution from Revere's ride, which occurred on April 18, 1775, and Jones read "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Longfellow.

RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - Clingan Jackson (right foreground), chairman of the Mahoning-Youngstown Bicentennial Commission, and Merv Jones (at microphone on Jackson's left), WKBN Broadcasting Co. production director, discussed the historical importance of Paul Revere's famous ride with area residents Saturday in Youngstown Federal Plaza. Jackson ...


LIBERTY ART AUCTION, EXHIBIT - Exhibition and auction of original oils, graphics, etchings, and water colors will be held by the Liberty Township Bicentennial Committee at E. J. Blott School Friday, Nov. 14.  A preview, with refreshments, will be from 1 to 8 p.m., with the auction following, and proceeds go for the Community Youth Center.  Displaying several of the exhibits are Mrs. Jan Kralovich (front), chairman of the ways and means committee, and (back, left to right) Mrs. Audean Patterson, co-chairman of the Bicentennial Committee, and Mrs. Carol DeFrank, secretary.

Photo published November 11, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

LIBERTY ART AUCTION, EXHIBIT - Exhibition and auction of original oils, graphics, etchings, and water colors will be held by the Liberty Township Bicentennial Committee at E. J. Blott School Friday, Nov. 14. A preview, with refreshments, will be from 1 to 8 p.m., with the auction following, and proceeds ...


RECRUITS NEEDED - Joseph Alessi (standing left), commander of the Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade, is seeking recruits for the group and asks interested persons to attend a meeting at 2:30 p.m. Today in the Bicentennial offices, 7 Federal Plaza West.  Parading Saturday in the plaza in observance of Washington's Birthday were (seated, from left) Terry Noble, Bill Jones, Roy Moore, and Arnold Ylonen and (standing from left) Alessi, Harry Noble, Jim Mann, and George Wedlin.

Photo published February 23, 1975.

RECRUITS NEEDED - Joseph Alessi (standing left), commander of the Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade, is seeking recruits for the group and asks interested persons to attend a meeting at 2:30 p.m. Today in the Bicentennial offices, 7 Federal Plaza West. Parading Saturday in the plaza in observance of Washington's Birthday ...


Inspecting a powder horn and candle molds from a past era are Pamela Jackson (left) and Tina Lilley.

Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

Inspecting a powder horn and candle molds from a past era are Pamela Jackson (left) and Tina Lilley. Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975. Photo by Paul R. Schell.


Jingle bells from a horse harness of yester-year ring their pleasant peal for Voncile Judge (left) and Viola Penson.

Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

Jingle bells from a horse harness of yester-year ring their pleasant peal for Voncile Judge (left) and Viola Penson. Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975. Photo by Paul R. Schell.


Patricia Mattison, fifth grader, tries a bonnet from the collection when it made a recent visit to Mary Haddow School.

Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

Patricia Mattison, fifth grader, tries a bonnet from the collection when it made a recent visit to Mary Haddow School. Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975. Photo by Paul R. Schell.


Mark Boyd (center) seems skeptical, but Ream Jadallah already is delighted with the bonnet.

Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

Mark Boyd (center) seems skeptical, but Ream Jadallah already is delighted with the bonnet. Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975. Photo by Paul R. Schell.


MUSKETS IN HAND - Members of the newly-organized Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade, costumed and bearing muskets, paraded through the Youngstown Federal Plaza Saturday in observance of George Washington's "real" birthday.  Participating were Jim Caylor (seated) and (from left standing) Howard F. Sarver, Howard P. Sarver, John Caylor, William J. Sarver Jr. and William J. Sarver Sr.

Photo published February 23, 1975.

MUSKETS IN HAND - Members of the newly-organized Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade, costumed and bearing muskets, paraded through the Youngstown Federal Plaza Saturday in observance of George Washington's "real" birthday. Participating were Jim Caylor (seated) and (from left standing) Howard F. Sarver, Howard P. Sarver, John Caylor, William J. Sarver ...


RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - Ready of the British advance, thanks to Revere's prompt response to pre-arranged lantern signals, were the colonial minutemen, waiting at Concord.  An earlier skirmish killed eight Americans and wounded 10 others at Lexington.  Few recall that William Dawes was with Revere on that midnight ride of that 93 Americans fell at Lexington along with 273 Redcoats.  Members of the Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade reenacted the scene, captured Vindicator Photographer Lloyd S. Jones.

RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - Ready of the British advance, thanks to Revere's prompt response to pre-arranged lantern signals, were the colonial minutemen, waiting at Concord. An earlier skirmish killed eight Americans and wounded 10 others at Lexington. Few recall that William Dawes was with Revere ...


ARTISTS WITH NEEDLES - A Liberty Bell hooked rug, colorful afghan, patchwork quilt, needlepoint tote bag, and calico chain and doll are admired by (left to right) Mrs. Robert Anderson, bazaar chairman; Mrs. David Starkey, Mrs. William W. Hanks, chairman of the bicentennial workshop, and Mrs. Steward Hume, chairman of the Women's Association of First Presbyterian Church.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

ARTISTS WITH NEEDLES - A Liberty Bell hooked rug, colorful afghan, patchwork quilt, needlepoint tote bag, and calico chain and doll are admired by (left to right) Mrs. Robert Anderson, bazaar chairman; Mrs. David Starkey, Mrs. William W. Hanks, chairman of the bicentennial workshop, and Mrs. Steward Hume, chairman of ...


STYLES FROM THE PAST - Darren Boatwright (above) finds it takes some pulling to get into an old-fashioned boot.  Mrs Paul Hunter, Junior League member, wears a dress which might have been in style when such boots were the fashion. Jingle bells from a horse harness of yester-year ring their pleasant peal for Voncile Judge (center, left) and Viola Penson. At far right, Patricia Mattison, fifth grader, tries a bonnet from the collection when it made a recent visit to Mary Haddow School.

HISTORY IN SUITCASE - This red-white-and-blue suitcase (left) will be visiting fifth graders in 26 of the Youngstown public schools during 1975-76 as a bicentennial project. Mrs. James Lang, Junior League's assistant chairman for the Junior League's assistant chairman for the Junior League-Arms Museum program, opens the collection for students at Mary Haddow School.  Mark Boyd (center) seems skeptical, but Ream Jadallah already is delighted with the bonnet. Inspecting a powder horn and candle molds (above) from a past era are Pamela Jackson (left) and Tina Lilley.

COFFEE MILL - Human energy used to provide the power for grinding.  Trying their hands (left to right) are Sherraine Thomkins and Christine Reisinger with Mrs. J. Walter Dragelevich of the Junior League providing instruction.

STYLES FROM THE PAST - Darren Boatwright (above) finds it takes some pulling to get into an old-fashioned boot. Mrs Paul Hunter, Junior League member, wears a dress which might have been in style when such boots were the fashion. Jingle bells from a horse harness of yester-year ring their ...


COFFEE MILL - Human energy used to provide the power for grinding.  Trying their hands (left to right) are Sherraine Thomkins and Christine Reisinger with Mrs. J. Walter Dragelevich of the Junior League providing instruction.

Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

COFFEE MILL - Human energy used to provide the power for grinding. Trying their hands (left to right) are Sherraine Thomkins and Christine Reisinger with Mrs. J. Walter Dragelevich of the Junior League providing instruction. Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975. Photo by Paul R. Schell.


Photo by Robert K. Yosay.

Photo by Robert K. Yosay.


BICENTENNIAL FLAG - Canfield City officials Friday hoisted two new flags, which will be flown over the Village Green day and night for the duration of the bicentennial celebration.  Left is City Manager Chris Paparodis with Orville Paugh, superintendent of parks and streets.  Regular flags were lowered and the Bennington flag - which has 13 stripes of red and white on a field of blue, 13 stars and numeral "76," was raised.  Below the American flag is a newly purchased Ohio State Flag.

Photo published April 19, 1975.

BICENTENNIAL FLAG - Canfield City officials Friday hoisted two new flags, which will be flown over the Village Green day and night for the duration of the bicentennial celebration. Left is City Manager Chris Paparodis with Orville Paugh, superintendent of parks and streets. Regular flags were lowered and the Bennington ...


BICENTENNIAL UNIVERSITY - Youngstown State University officially became a bicentennial university this morning as Ohio Sen. Harry Meshel, D-33, center, presented an official Bicentennial flag and certificate to YSU President John Coffelt, left, and Dr. Robert Smith, right.  The brief ceremony gave U.S. Bicentennial Committee sanction to the university's planned festivities to help mark America's 200th birthday.  Dr. Smith, assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, is chairman of YSU's bicentennial committee.

Photo published August 12, 1975

BICENTENNIAL UNIVERSITY - Youngstown State University officially became a bicentennial university this morning as Ohio Sen. Harry Meshel, D-33, center, presented an official Bicentennial flag and certificate to YSU President John Coffelt, left, and Dr. Robert Smith, right. The brief ceremony gave U.S. Bicentennial Committee sanction to the university's planned ...


HOMESPUN HAPPENING - Bicentennial crafts, like these being worked by Mrs. Eloise Rupert and Mrs. Daniel Altsman (seated, left to right) and Elanor Davis and Marion Maiden (left to right, standing) will be available at First Presbyterian Church's bazaar and luncheon at the church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

HOMESPUN HAPPENING - Bicentennial crafts, like these being worked by Mrs. Eloise Rupert and Mrs. Daniel Altsman (seated, left to right) and Elanor Davis and Marion Maiden (left to right, standing) will be available at First Presbyterian Church's bazaar and luncheon at the church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...


BICENTENNIAL FLAG - Robert Yeaton, 13, (left), and Kenneth Yeaton, 11, of Boy Scout Troop 25 of Canfield, Ohio, raise a Bennington Bicentennial flag in front of Packard Electric Division's Plant 10 in Warren.  The flags will be flown through 1976, in celebration of our nation's birth 200 years ago.  Robert and Kenneth are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yeaton of Canfield.  The Bennington flag with its unusual arrangement of stars and stripes flew over the military stores in Bennington, Vt., Aug. 16, 1777.  Gen. John Stark's militia led the Americans in decidedly defeating a larger British raiding force and thus protecting the precious military supplies at Bennington.

Photo published June 20, 1975.

BICENTENNIAL FLAG - Robert Yeaton, 13, (left), and Kenneth Yeaton, 11, of Boy Scout Troop 25 of Canfield, Ohio, raise a Bennington Bicentennial flag in front of Packard Electric Division's Plant 10 in Warren. The flags will be flown through 1976, in celebration of our nation's birth 200 years ago. ...


RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - It was "one if by land" and "Two if by sea," Merv Jones recalled of the lantern warning from Old North Church in Concord, Mass.

RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - It was "one if by land" and "Two if by sea," Merv Jones recalled of the lantern warning from Old North Church in Concord, Mass.


STITCH IN TIME - Mrs. Edward Reese (left) and Marietta Bagnall are working on patchwork napkins for the bazaar.  Reservations are needed for the luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A sandwich bar will be available for those who do not want a full course meal.

Photo by Paul R. Schell.

STITCH IN TIME - Mrs. Edward Reese (left) and Marietta Bagnall are working on patchwork napkins for the bazaar. Reservations are needed for the luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A sandwich bar will be available for those who do not want a full course meal. Photo by Paul ...


MINUTEMEN - March is "Minutemen Month" for the National Guard, and one step in the observance took place when minutemen of yesteryear and today met at Federal Plaza to do some military jawing.  Left to right are: Joseph Alessi, commander of the American Revolution Colonial Brigade, formed here in connection with the bicentennial observance; Raymond Moore, brigade quartermaster; Capt. Walter Duzzny, public information officer of the Ohio National Guard's 437th Military Police Battalion; Sgt. Kenneth Hoffman, 838th MP company and Sgt. Michael Kobitza also of the 838th.

Photo published March 3, 1975.

MINUTEMEN - March is "Minutemen Month" for the National Guard, and one step in the observance took place when minutemen of yesteryear and today met at Federal Plaza to do some military jawing. Left to right are: Joseph Alessi, commander of the American Revolution Colonial Brigade, formed here in connection ...


PLUGS GO PATRIOTIC - A number of city fire hydrants are being painted to resemble Revolutionary War patriots as a "plug" for the bicentennial, the project being sponsored by the education committee of the Mahoning-Youngstown Bicentennial Commission.  The artists are (left to right) Terri Prezioso, Janey Martinko, Mary Hulme, Lyn O'Neil, and Rick Schilling.  Miss. Hulme, who supervised the job, is a daughter of MR. and Mrs. Ed Hulme.  Hulme is bicentennial chairman.  The painters are students of William Diana, art instructor at Cardinal Mooney High School.  Paint for the seven-color "patriots" was donated by the O'Brien Corp. through its local distributor, Youngstown Paint & Glass Co.

Photo by Paul R. Schell

PLUGS GO PATRIOTIC - A number of city fire hydrants are being painted to resemble Revolutionary War patriots as a "plug" for the bicentennial, the project being sponsored by the education committee of the Mahoning-Youngstown Bicentennial Commission. The artists are (left to right) Terri Prezioso, Janey Martinko, Mary Hulme, Lyn ...


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STYLES FROM THE PAST - Darren Boatwright finds it takes some pulling to get into an old-fashioned boot.  Mrs Paul Hunter, Junior League member, wears a dress which might have been in style when such boots were the fashion.

Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975.

Photo by Paul R. Schell

STYLES FROM THE PAST - Darren Boatwright finds it takes some pulling to get into an old-fashioned boot. Mrs Paul Hunter, Junior League member, wears a dress which might have been in style when such boots were the fashion. Photo published Saturday, November 1, 1975. Photo by Paul R. Schell


Daphne Bowman, left, and Cecelia Karcher, two 9th grade students.  ..Photo by Paul R. Schell.

Daphne Bowman, left, and Cecelia Karcher, two 9th grade students. ..Photo by Paul R. Schell.


RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - Buffeted by chilly spring winds, costumed members of "The Sons and Daughters of Liberty" helped recreate a colonial atmosphere for the ceremony.  The group is a branch of the Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade, led by Co. Joseph Alessi.

RE-ENACT START OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT FEDERAL PLAZA - Buffeted by chilly spring winds, costumed members of "The Sons and Daughters of Liberty" helped recreate a colonial atmosphere for the ceremony. The group is a branch of the Mahoning Valley Colonial Brigade, led by Co. Joseph Alessi.