100 Years Ago (1917)

John Martin, the Alliance man who attempted to get out of military service by jumping into his bed after he had set it on fire, leaped from the troop train going to Camp Sherman when it was near Marietta in another attempt to dodge the ranks. Running at 25 mph, the train stopped and backed up to the spot where Martin had jumped. He was uninjured and was found in the open, but he resisted being taken back and it required three men to carry him to the train where a constant guard was placed over him. It was said he lost his mind over the remainder of the trip and either feigned or became manic and was hospitalized when the train reached Camp Sherman.

The Alliance soldiers transported to Camp Sherman were to be part of Company I of the 332nd regiment. Alliance men holding non-commissioned offices in the regiment included Carl McDonald, John Hendershot, Richard Colvin, Fred Goddard, Roland Jones, Albert Sebastian, Earl Mosley, Morrs Keith, Frank Mathias, Foster Crawford and F.H. Cochran.

While at Camp Sherman, local draft board member P.C. Leist stated he witnessed C.H. Bleich, the former secretary of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce whose books were allegedly more than $1,500 short, working at a drug store on the base, selling perfume to soldiers.

Sebring pottery workers were among the 10,500 members of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters expected to strike after the United States Potters Association refused to grant a 25 percent wage increase in the proposed two-year scale.

Mrs. T. F. Bailey returned from the state convention of the women’s committee of the Council of National Defense. She announced a house to house canvas of Alliance was being planned in which all housewives were to be asked to sign cards pledging themselves to assist in a food conservation campaign.

50 Years Ago (1967)

An early morning fire at the Rockhill Riding Stables, located on the southwest corner of West Vine Street and North Rockhill Avenue, destroyed 15 horses and caused an estimated $40,000 in damage. The flames were spotted from more than a mile away by patrolmen Roy Nutter ad Edward Johnson. There was no insurance, according to owner Harry Whiteleather. The stables were part of Rockhill Park, which in the early 1900s was popular recreation and amusement spot.