100 Years Ago (1918)

It was reported that William Leroy Blanc, 27, became the first Alliance man to die in service of his country during World War I when he was stricken with pneumonia in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he had just been named a bayonet instructor. After being called by the draft board, Blanc, a hammerman at Transue -Williams, volunteered to go in the first call in September 1917 and through rapid promotions quickly became a sergeant. He had grown up in Maximo, the son of French immigrants.

Raymond L. Van Stan, business agent for Local No. 1023 United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, said that 15 local contractors and employers not affiliated with the Alliance Contractors’ Association had signed a scale that provided an eight-hour day at 70 cents an hour and approximately 160 of the 200 union members were back to work at that wage.

75 Years Ago (1943)

It was reported that Cpl. Richard C. Burnside, 24, who attended Alliance High School, was killed in action while serving in North Africa.

Alliance went over the top in the Second War Loan Drive as 6,539 subscriptions were secured, totaling $3,629,258.75 — well above its quota of $2,650,000. Nationwide, about $17 billion worth of bonds were sold.

Charles Earl Shaffer, 51, a resident of the 300 block of South Mahoning Avenue and an employee of Machined Steel Castings, was killed when he was struck by a train. His body was found dressed in working clothes near the north rail of track No. 3, east of the depot. It was believed he had been hit by Passenger Train No. 63 and that railroad personnel had not been aware of the accident.

Dean J. Benshoff was elected business manager of Mount Union College

William G. Gotschall, 11, a sixth-grade student at Lincoln School in Sebring, placed in the top six among 93 students at the Mahoning County Spelling Bee in Youngstown

50 Years Ago (1968)

A photo showed employees of the Howard Gott Excavating Co. of Alliance demolishing a cement block home in the 1300 block of East Front Street that had been deemed in violation of the Board of Health housing regulations. It was the first structure to be torn down under the new codes.

The Alliance Clay Products Co. honored six retirees, including Attilio Negro (44 years), John Belan (40), Bruce Peterson (20), James Carter (20),  Lawrence Castina (17) and Emery Powers (30) who had died on April 21.

25 Years Ago (1993)

Christine M. Niner, 25, a resident of the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue, was killed when she was struck by a westbound two-engine Conrail train just west of Park Avenue at 2:32 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The report stated that Niner was believed to have been chasing her husband, Robert Niner, 32, from north to south down the tracks, when the accident occurred. Robert Niner was not injured in the accident, but was hospitalized for shock.