100 years ago in 1923
A large audience assembled in the First Methodist Episcopal Church for a program of commemoration of the birthday of William McKinley.
A half hour before the program opened, every seat in the auditorium and balconies was taken. The program was arranged by Dr. S.B. Salmon, pastor of the church, who delivered a magnificent tribute to the “Life and Faith of William McKinley,” in a brief address, and Professor Lymm B. Dana, organist and choir master, who presided at the organ.
The service opened with three organ numbers by Mr. Dana. The hymn, “Lead Kindly Light,” sung the world over as one of McKinley’s favorites, was used as the opening hymn and was followed by the invocation and the Scripture lesson.
The entire program was broadcast over the radio connection and was heard in many stations in Warren, Trumbull County, several of the central and eastern states and as far away as Texas.
50 years ago in 1973
Likening the courage and strength of character of William McKinley to Richard Nixon, Congressman Thomas Railsback, R-Ill., assured the Mahoning Valley McKinley Club banquet crowd that an “honorable peace” had been achieved in Vietnam.
“We have kept our commitments and under President Nixon, have given democracy a chance to work in Indochina,” Rep. Railsback told 350 persons, who came to honor McKinley, the martyred 25th president of the United States who was born in Niles. The dinner meeting was held at the McKinley Memorial in Niles.
G. Stanley Kreiler, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican party, was named the next president of the McKinley Club at the 58th annual banquet. Kreiler succeeded Niles Mayor William Thorp.
25 years ago in 1998
Howland Township officials voted to fight any attempts to annex land into Niles for a proposed commercial / residential development on state Route 46.
Township officials — who had long stood firm against annexation — believed a compromise could be worked out to the satisfaction of Niles, Howland and Canton developer Harry Giltz.
“Reasonable minds can come to reasonable conclusions,” Howland Trustee Darlene St. George said. “We have to sit down and look and see how we can help the property owner without annexation.”
Giltz told Niles council that he needed sanitary sewer services for about 50 acres on the east side of Route 46 between U.S. 422 and Mines Road.
10 years ago in 2013
Veteran Betty Linera of Hubbard said the decision to lift the ban on women serving in ground combat had been a long time coming.
“A woman has just as much right to fight and die for her county as a man does, and if they choose to go into that line of work and can handle it, more power to them,” said the ex-Marine, who was present during an attack in 1979 on the U.S. Embassy in Karachi, Pakistan.
The Pentagon’s longstanding prohibition against women serving in ground defense combat ended Jan. 24, 2013, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that most combat roles would be available to female soldiers and Marines.
— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic
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