100 Years Ago (1918)

Ira Hartman, 10, who resided at the corner of South Linden Avenue and Summit Street, accidentally shot himself while playing with a .32 caliber revolver. The bullet entered just below the heart, penetrated his left lung and passed through the body. Doctors said he had a chance of recovery, but feared pneumonia was developing. Hartman was the only one at home when he found the gun, which his father, N.E Hartman, said had not been loaded in 20 years. The boy also found some very old cartridges and loaded the weapon. He was pressing the gun against his body in an effort to get the bullet out when it discharged. The boy did not realize he had shot himself until he saw blood, then threw the gun out of a window and called for help. The bullet as found lodged in the post of an iron bed in the room.

Hundreds of Alliance people could be seen using smoked glass to witness an eclipse of the sun.

A band of gypsies, located near stop No. 12 of the Stark Electric line, were ordered out of the county and three of them were fined for begging, building fires and permitting horses to run loose.

75 Years Ago (1943)

Mr. and Mrs. F.L. McClure, residents of the 300 block of North 19th Street in Sebring, received word that their son, 2nd Lt. Robert L. McClure, a bombadier in the U.S. Army, had been missing in action somewhere in the South Pacific since May 19. McClure had been recently cited for the downing of a Japanese Zero.

Leaping from his burning single-engine plane while flying at a low altitude two and a half miles west of Graton, California, 2nd Lt. Virgil E. Wyss, 26, of North Georgetown, was killed when his parachute failed to open. A 1934 graduate of Goshen Township High School, he had received his wings May 20 at Luke Field, California.

James V. Ramser, a former employee of Taylorcraft, was suffering from serious internal injuries after a two-ton Army truck loaded with soldiers plunged through a guard rail near Nashville, Tennessee. The mishap killed 18 soldiers. It was noted that Ramser was a champion boxer in his camp.

50 Years Ago (1968)

Alliance resident Richard Burmeister, a resident of the 1200 block of Parkway Boulevard who had been discharged from the U.S. Marines in February after serving 13 months in Vietnam, died from injuries suffered in a one-car crash about a mile and half west of Sebring. Burmeister was a passenger in a car driven by Nelson Funkhouser, 25, a resident of the 700 block of South Linden Avenue, that went out of control, went off the left side of the road and caught fire. Robert McIlvain, 26, a resident of Sebring, was also a passenger in the car. Burmeister, a native of New York. had served four years in the Marines. His family had moved to Alliance after he joined the service about three years prior to the fatal accident.