100 Years Ago (1918)

Henry Heisler, a pioneer of Sebring who had an illustrious career during the Civil War, died at his home after an illness of 10 weeks at age 75. Born in Goshen Township on Dec. 14, 1844, he enlisted with the Sixth Ohio Cavalry just before his 17th birthday on Dec. 9, 1861, and served until the close of the war, seeing action in 44 battles. Heisler was reported to have been at the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, and was said to have been one of the escorts to the surrendered general. He returned to the area, married Anna E. Smith, and engaged in farming about three miles north of Sebring. Once Sebring was established, he moved to the new town to set up a grocery business which he conducted until his death. For several years, he had served as a Smith Township trustee and was president of the Buckeye Building and Loan Company of Sebring.

Undertaker William Moosman, of Sebring, was being heralded for what was described as a humane act when he rushed to the site of a railroad accident that killed William Puff and left Virgil Cope and Vernon Baker seriously injured and clinging to life. When Moosman arrived, he was asked to look after the remains of Puff. However, being the first at the scene he stated that "the injured must be looked after. We can help them, but the dead is beyond help."  He then took Cope and Baker to the Alliance hospital.

W.L. Rockhill, manager of the Spring Water Ice Company, announced he had decided to retire from the ice delivery business after 31 years. That left only one ice delivery business in town — the Alliance Brewery, which advanced the price of ice from 40 cents per 100 pounds to 50 cents per 100 pounds.

Eight tramps, who had been captured at a hobo camp near the powerhouse at Lake Park, were taken to the Sebring jail. Found to be loafers, they were ordered to go to work and were marched from Sebring to Alliance where they were put to work as laborers at the Morgan Engineering plant.

75 Years Ago (1943)

An article described Lake Placentia, located three miles south of Westville, as one of nature’s rare beauty spots and ideal for year-round living or for vacations and picnics.

50 Years Ago (1968)

John J. Richard, a resident of Alliance-Sebring Road and a self-employed commercial painter since 1929, painted an eye-catching advertisement for Alliance on the back of his camper — a map of the United States that pointed out the location of Alliance, which it noted was the Carnation City in the "heart of industrial America." Richard, who had studied at three specialty schools, including the Detroit School of Lettering, the Towertown Studios in Chicago and the Irving Vance School of Art in Toronto, used his talents to pay for his travels as he painted signs for other travelers on their campers as well. Richard had traveled to 32 of the states, Canada and Mexico in his camper.

Vandals threw a bottle of flammable liquid into a vacant house in the 1300 block of East High Street, causing a minor fire.

25 Years Ago (1993)

City water customers were being urged to boil their water for three to five minutes before consuming it due to a contamination of bacteria that was thought to be caused by a possible broken pipe or insufficient chlorine.

Carnations were to be painted at the intersections along the Carnation Festival Grand Parade Route. The work was to be conducted by festival volunteers using materials donated by Graphic Industries, Stewart Brothers and Stambaugh’s.