100 Years Ago (1918)

John Welsh, 18, an employee of the American Steel Foundries before enlisting in the Marines on March 17, 1917 with several other Alliance men, was killed in action in France. He had been a member of the Goat Hill Athletic Club. No details were given of his death.

It was reported that John Woods Brooks, the first soldier to enlist in Sebring, was killed in action June 7 while fighting with the 47th Company of the Fifth Regiment in the Chateau Thierry sector of France. Brooks, 27, had worked in the E.H. Sebring China Co. and for the Penna Railroad transfer.

It was also reported that another Sebring man, Lee Shively, a member of the same outfit as Brooks, had been dangerously wounded in action. The nature of his wounds was not discolsed.

Despite being confined to his bed with an illness for nine weeks, Alliance graduate Robin Charles Burrell was the only student in the 20-member graduating class at Mount Union to earn the distinction of summa cum laude and was awarded the Yost Scholarship Prize. Burrell, who majored in science, was granted a fellowship at Ohio State University.

Mount Union conferred honorary degrees on Maj. Gen. Edwin F. Glenn, commander of the 83rd Division; Maj. Gen. Evan M. Johnson, former commandant of the Mount Union battalion; William R. Day, a former Ohio Secretary of State and Justice of the Supreme Court; and Rev. Francis John McConnell, bishop of the M.E. Church in Denver who delivered the class address.

75 Years Ago (1943)

An article noted that Capt. Paul F. Heren, an assistant pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alliance for 18 months from 1939 to late 1940, was working as an Army chaplain "Somwhere in the North Pacific."

50 Years Ago (1968)

Approximately 30 members of the Traverse City (Michigan) Chamber of Commerce visited Alliance as part of their annual tour through neighboring territories. The group had been through Canada; Buffalo, New York; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Youngstown before coming to Alliance. The Traverse City contingent delivered a box of cherries to Alliance Mayor Dale Walborn, declaring their city the cherry capital of the world with a festival in July and also said it was quickly becoming the capital of the coho salmon with a festival honoring the newest breed of Great Lakes game fish in September.

The most serious act of vandalism to hit Alliance occurred when a vacant house in the 1300 block of East Front Street was set on fire. Fire Chief Karl Held reported that someone had piled debris on the front porch of the structure and set it on fire. The building, ownd by the estate of Elizabeth Pickett, had been condemned prior to the blaze.