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Past In Review

100 Years Ago (1918)

Members of the Class of 1918 at Alliance High School received a letter from Andre Delbary, a French boy that the class adopted as a sort of godson after his father was killed in action. The boy noted in his letter that his mother had written to Fremont Bradshaw, a member of the class that was in France, asking him to visit their home during his furlough.


William McKinley Perry, a former employee of the Morgan Engineering Co., became the 41st “East End Boy” to enlist in the military. He was assigned to the USS Meade, a shipmate of his bother-in-law and fellow Alliance resident Earl H. Ganslein.

75 Years Ago (75 Years Ago)

John H. Taylor, who lived in Alliance for nearly eight years when he worked for the American Book Company, had been  promoted to major in the U.S. Army and was the commanding officer of Camp Bell in Buffalo, New York, the Army Air Force’s Eastern Technical Training Command.

Cpl. John Dolan, a member of the Royal Air Force and native of Scotland, was visiting the area while on furlough and met his cousin, Mrs. Emmet Weizenecker, of Beloit, among other family members, for the first time. Dolan, who had spent four years serving in Europe, was stationed in the Bahamas at the time of his visit and said he planned to bring his wife and three children to the United States to live after the war.

Alliance native Noyes McVay, a first lieutenant, was set to return to duty after a furlough. He was to rejoin his bomber “Lady Halitosis,” on which he was the co-pilot for 43 missions during which his crew had attacked three submarines, shot down five enemy planes and dropped 34 tons of bombs on enemy objectives. He and his fellow 22 crew members were to tour war plants and air bases, telling of their operations in North Africa and Sicily.

The capital stock of the Limoges China Company in Sebring, which had been in possession of the late F.A. Sebring and members of his family, was sold to National Unit Distributors Inc. of Boston and New York, the largest distributor of dinnerware in the United States and a customer of Limoges China for many years. Limoges, which was organized in 1904, was one of the last to be built in Sebring and was a pioneer in the installation of tunnel kilns. it was reported to be the only Sebring plant to weather the depression period.

Robert R. Pierce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Pierce, residents of the 400 block of South Street, was the second son to be made a captain within six months. A Mount Union grad, he had completed his medical studies at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville. His brother, Don Pierce, had been made a captain and was an aviation instructor. A third brother, John, had just been inducted into the service.

Lloyd Smith, 23, a 1935 graduate of Alliance High, received his second commission in a year, advancing to the rank of first lieutenant. He was based in California in the quartermaster corps.

Clarice Siddall, a former golf champion at Alliance Country Club, had joined the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Services.

50 Years Ago (1968)

Mrs. Beverly L. Matz, 25, of Homeworth, sustained fatal injuries in a car crash in Pennsylvania. She had worked with her father, George Sanor, at his company, the Ohio Drill and Tool Co.

25 Years Ago (1993)

Marlington student Natalie Call, 13, won the Ohio Junior Division Showmanship Championship at the Ohio State Fair with her 9-year-old quarter horse Kate Redford.

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