This Week in History: Columbus Train Crash Claims Warren Editor’s Life | News, Sports, Jobs

99 years ago in 1923

Warren’s Horace Holbook was killed near Columbus when a Big Four fast passenger train crashed into an automobile and the locomotive jumped the tracks, dragging a front Pullman off the tracks and eventually upsetting four other steel cars . Six people were killed and 13 injured.

Mr. Holbrook, editor of the Western Reserve Democrat and a resident of Warren for 16 years, was the only passenger on the train to meet death. A woman and her two young children, occupants of the car, were killed in the accident.

Holbrook was prominent in Warren’s business and political circles. He had been editor of the Western Reserve Democrat, a weekly newspaper, for the past 16 years, coming to the Bucyrus area, where he was editor of the Democratic Forum. He was a barrister and well and favorably known in Trumbull County.

50 years ago in 1972

The first Chevrolet Vega rolled off the production line at the General Motors plant following a three-week strike by 7,800 members of United Auto Workers Local 1112.

About 700 Vegas were produced in the first shift. Soon after, production resumed on the Chevrolet truck.

About 1,650 workers at the Fisher Body manufacturing plant laid off by the strike have returned to work. Fisher Body manufacturing workers were members of another union and were not on strike.

25 years ago in 1997

In the vernacular of the 1990s, the winter of 1996-97 was low sodium and low fat for local governments.

Road salt use and snowplow driver overtime declined across the county, not only beginning in the winter of 1995-96, which saw heavy snowfall, but also beginning in an average year.

Most townships and cities in Trumbull County, as well as county and state road crews, reported using significantly less road salt.

Niles auditor Neil Buccino said the mild winter saved about $5,000 between November and March in street department payrolls. Most of this came from the reduction in overtime wages.

10 years ago in 2012

Wearing brightly colored outfits and waving the Greek flag, hundreds of locals of Green origin took part in the 12th annual Green Independence Day Parade on Sunday. The march was followed by an afternoon of celebration at the St. Demetrios Center.

Participants marched from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church to City Hall for a flag-raising ceremony and prayers. The parade included decorated banners and floats, the American Legion Post 540 Honor Guard, and the band and cheerleaders from Warren G. Harding High School.

“This is a great day of remembrance and celebration for Greeks everywhere. Today we keep the dream of freedom alive,” said Dr. George Ploumbis, president of St. Demetrios, guest speaker at the celebration.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic.

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