100 Years Ago (1818)
The East Ohio Co. stated it would shut off the supply of natural gas to Alliance on Oct. 31, the date a 10-year contract with the Alliance Gas & Power Co. was to expire. While East Ohio supplied the gas, Alliance Gas & Power sold it and distributed it to 6,000 residences and places of business. Alliance was the only case in which East Ohio did not own and operate the distribution system and declared it did not have enough gas to supply cities in which it did not own the distribution system. City Solicitor Curtis M. Shetler had filed an injunction against the East Ohio Co.
The Fourth Liberty Loan campaign in Alliance was believed to have reached its quota of $1,727,500 by calculations, but organizers were seeking an additional $300,000. The committee said that it needed an extra 15 to 20 percent to insure that the quota would be reached.
Harry Welsh, manager of the Welsh saloon in the 700 block of East Main Street, was in the hospital recovering from a severe knife wound across the face inflicted by Harry Evans, who was allegedy caught trying to steal bottles of liquor from his establishment. Evans, who had been badly disfigured about the face and lost some fingers in an accident at the American Steel Foundries some months before the incident, admitted that he had served time in prison but had not stolen anything from the saloon. He also admitted to slashing Welsh, but claimed it was in self-defense.
75 Years Ago (1943)
In a letter to her parents, Lt. Jane Thompson, a native of Beloit, described her work as an American nurse in the jungles of India. She said she relied on sign language to communicate with her patients who were mainly Hindus and could not register what little of the native language she tried to speak to them from out of a grammar book.
Alliance Structural was granted the honor of flying a new Army-Navy "E" flag with a star symbol, signifying continued high war production over the past six months.
50 Years Ago (1968)
Limaville resident Mildred Fox was the possessor of nearly 300 pieces of Carnival glass and was proud to display it for National Carnival Glass Week. Many of her pieces, which came in all shapes and sizes, were quite rare specimens of Carnival, which were manufactured by several companies and got its name because it was often given away as prizes at carnivals starting in the early 1900s. Fox, 70, and her husband, Francis, retired co-owner of K and W Motors, lived in a former schoolhouse on Jefferson Street that they had converted into two apartments — one used for a residence and the other to display the Carnival glass as well as an equally impressive antique doll collection