100 Years Ago (1918)

A man was dead and his wife and a boarder in her home were in the Alliance hospital folllowing a tragic early morning incldent. According to what police could ascertain, Dave Stort, who had been estranged from his wife, Josephine Stort, since November, came to Alliance and apparently gained entrance to a duplex residence in the 1300 block of East High Street through a cellar window at around 2 a.m. and entered an upstairs window where he found his wife, and a boarder, Pete Gasperino. Dave Stort attacked the couple with a razor, slashing his wife’s throat and hands and Gasparino’s throat, head, face and severed an ear. Despite her wounds, Mrs. Stort was able to retrieve a gun and shoot it three times, two of the bullets sriking her husband and killing him instantly. When police arrived, they found Mr. Stort on a bed with a razor in his hand. They also found a .38 caliber Ivor Johnson gun, although the woman was alleged to have shot a .32 caliber. Neighbors acquainted with the customs of the people, said that Mrs. Stort and her children slept in one bed and Gasperino occupied another bed in the same room as the other bedroom was occupied by two other persons. Mr. Stort, 36, who was employed as a coal miner in Pennsylvania, charged his wife with intimacy with a boarder in March. The case was dismissed, but while Stort was at police headquarters, he had threatened the life of his wife and an interpreter.

Three people were burned when a small stove in Room No. 7 at the Colonial House, located at 615 East Main Street that was conducted by Prof. J.T. Bell with the building owned by Wesley Rockhill, exploded at 9:20 a.m. on a Sunday and started a fire. Mr. and Mrs. John Atkinson, who were registered to the room, were both taken to the hospital with severe burns. Mrs. Atkinson had jumped from a second-story window of the 19-room hotel that was over the Bennet & Brown Hardware Co. Mr. Atkinson and Charles Hannum, who was in a room adjacent to where the fire originated and suffered burns on his back, had escaped down the front entrance along with a maid named Vera Williams.

The First M.E. Church was to be the site of the Eastern Inter-State Prohibition oratorical contest in which Mount Union student Forest Conser, who had won the Fletcher Prize at Mount Union and then the state contest to advance, was a contestant. His subject was "Personal Liberty or Personal Responsibility."

75 Years Ago (1943)

Staff Sgt. Richard Leroy Johnson, a native of Alliance and former employee of the Galanot Products Company, was an aerial gunner that was among a unit being commended by Maj. Gen. Clayton L. Bissel, Tenth Air Force Commander, for their efforts in fighting the Japanese in Burma and Thailand. It was reported that over a period of 22 days in May, the group dropped 1.4 million pounds of explosives on 40 targets.

The second drownng in four days was reported in the area after Charles Howard Nair, 18, a resident of Morgantown, West Virginia, who was working for a carnival showing in Alliance drowned in the Mahoning River. According to the people he was bathing with, McNair could not swim and stepped off a log and went under.

25 Years Ago (1993)

Joseph Mastroianni, owner of Buckeye Village Market, was awarded the Alliance Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.

Five remaining members of the Alliance Jaycees — Denise Welch, Shawn Watson, Jamie Foith, Tim Aeling and Byron Knight — were busy preparing for the annual July Fourth fireworks display, an event the group had sponsored since 1946. However, it would be the last year for the Jaycees as they planned to disband the once vibrant and active club if more people didn’t step up and join by July