100 YEARS AGO (1920)
— Lassetta Lamborn Fletcher, the eldest child and only daughter of Dr. Leslie L. and Maria Grant Lamborn, died at the age of 70 at Euclid Avenue Hospital in Cleveland following a fall at the Cleveland home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Seith, with whom she had lived since 1912 after leaving Alliance. Mrs. Fletcher, who was born in 1850 in Mount Union and later moved with her parents to the corner of Union Avenue and Main Street in Alliance, married Alexander Fletcher, an official of the Pennsylvania Company, in 1872 and had one child. She was also survived by two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and three brothers — LeRoy, a florist in Alliance; Lora, a publisher in Marion; and Lebert, a chemist in New York City.
— Mrs. Amanda Borguin, 60, was instantly killed by an automobile in Louisville in front of the Catholic orphanage. She had been in Alliance visiting friends and was on her way to her home in Canton when she apparently became bewildered as she saw an approaching auto and crossed the street three times before being hit. The driver, H.C. Winner of Akron, also was reported as becoming bewildered in his efforts to avoid hitting Borguin, according to findings of a coroner’s inquest. Borguin had $1,800 in cash and securities on her person at the time of the fatal accident.
— Dr. Forest J. Farmer died at the age of 55 at his home in the 700 block of South Arch Avenue. A native of Columbiana County, he earned a degree from Wooster and later attended Western Reserve College, Johns Hopkins University, a medical school in Atlanta and lecture courses at Yale and Harvard. He had worked at a hospital in Philadelphia and was said to have "practiced his profession by systems of his own" and "regarded no man as master of the profession."
— Sixty-one students were to graduate from Mount Union. At the time, it was the largest senior class at Mount Union.
— The Cassidy and Allison grocery store, located at the corner of North Lincoln and Ely, was purchased by Mr. Riggs, who had previously conducted a store in the south part of town.
— It was reported that Homer Bishop, 11, of Alliance, had a new mother, Mrs. Phyllis Sholtis, of Canton. Sholtis had seen the boy on a train and admired him, stating "I would like to have you for my boy." Homer’s mother was crippled and unable to care for him, so he started out to find a new mother, making his way to Canton where he was taken to the police station. Sholtis came to the police station and took the boy to her home.
75 YEARS AGO (1945)
— Maximo’s Pfc. Jerry Toussant was mentioned in an Associated Press article by Louis P. Lochner, who described his visit to Berchtesgaden, Adolph Hitler’s hideout atop Kehlstein Mountain. Toussant had been assigned to guard duty at the palatial estate on April 2 upon his return to duty after being wounded in Belgium on Dec. 19 while serving with the 101st Airborne Division. He had written his parents on April 19, stating he was on guard duty but had not specified what he was guarding.
— Alliance’s 2nd Lt. Lorin L. Millard, missing in action over Yougoslavia since March 20, had been returned to the United States Army Air Corps. Millard, a co-pilot on a B-17 Bomber based in Italy, had gone missing during the return on his first mission.
— Alliance’s Pvt. Pete Drakulich, missing in action since Dec. 21, wrote his mother with the news that he had been liberated from Nazi prison camp on April 2.
— Pvt. Stanley Baughman, a former star basketball player at Mount Union, had been wounded on Okinawa April 16 while serving as a medical corpsman attached to the 106th Infantry. He had been hit by shell fragments as he was aiding wounded infantrymen.
— Alliance’s Pvt. Dempsey B. Collins, 18, was reported to have been wounded in action in Germany while serving with an infantry unit.
— An Air Medal and oak leaf cluster as well as the Purple Heart was awarded to Alliance’s Sgt. Lawrence E. Murphy, who was serving as a tail gunner on a Liberator in the Pacific.
— Alliance’s Sgt. Harold R. Devies was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
— Two Alliance men — William F. Voss of the Ohio Public Service Company and C.B. Alexander of the Morgan Engineering Company — were installed as vice presidents of the Stark County Foreman’s Club.
50 AND 25 YEARS AGO
(1970 and 1995)
(NOTE: Material for the month of May for these years was not accessed from microfilm files at Rodman Public Library prior to its temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.)