100 Years Ago (1918)

Dean Brady, 8, was accidentally shot by playmate Rinaldi LaCivita, 8, at the LaCivita home in the 1200 block of Patterson Street. The shot from the .32 caliber revolver went through Brady’s right arm and into his right side while the two were playing in the cellar. Brady, whose wounds were not considered serious, left the scene through the window and tried to hurry to his home across the street but collapsed before he could get there. The LaCivita boy, crying bitterly, picked up his baby sister and hurried down the street, later abandoning the girl and disappearing. It was the latest misfortune for the LaCivita family as Rinaldi’s brother, Emilio, had been killed while stealing a ride on the back of a delivery truck July 3. His mother, Marie LaCivita, who was widowed the previous year when her husband died from blood poisoning, was said to have become somewhat mentally deranged and it was rumored that she had given the revolver to her young son with instructions to shoot the driver of the truck under which Emillio had received his fatal wounds despite the fact the driver and the company had been exonerated of blame in the accident.

The barn of Nelson Hartzell, who lived three miles south of Deerfield, was destroyed by fire after being hit by lightning. Lost on the blaze was 200 bushels of wheat, 350 bushels of oats and all of the hay of the present harvest as well as machinery.

75 Years Ago (1943)

Alliance Councilman Sam Kirkland won the Republican nomination to run for mayor in primary voting, while Frank Oakley was to run on the Democratic ticket after being unopposed. Oakley had lost the previous mayoral election to Mayor F.H. Senn, who was retiring after three terms.

In Sebring, the mayoral candidates in the general election were to be attorney H.L. Kattman for the Republicans and former mayor E.F. Harmon, who won by a single vote in the primary. Philip Schroeder, who was filling the unexpired term of the late Lewis Brady, finished fourth in the Republican primary voting.

Donald M. Canfield, a resident of the 500 block of East Oxford Street, was commissioned a second lieutenant after graduating from the 30th Candidates Class of the U.S. Marine Corps. An Alliance High grad, he attended Mount Union where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

June Warren, an Alliance High and Mount Union graduate who was teaching music and speech at Ravenna Township High School, was to report to American University in Washington, D.C., to take up duties as an American Red Cross recreational director.

It was reported that members of Battery C of the 135th field artillery who left Alliance in October 1940 to join the 37th Division had played a crucial part in the capture of the Japanese air base at Munda and were drawing praise from Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Alice Imogene Gallaher, a 1941 graduate of Mount Union and teacher of music and physical education at Marlboro High School, had enlisted as a WAVE.