100 Years Ago (1919)

Alliance’s Lt. Fred Kochli, of Company K, 146th Infantry, had received a citation from Maj. Gen. C.S. Farnsworth, commanding officer of the 37th Division for his "gallant conduct and devotion to duty" during the Meuse-Argonne Offense. Kochli, who had been sent to Toronto, Canada, on military business, refrained from speaking of the commendation, but The Review had obtained a copy and printed it in its entirety. It stated that Kochli had successfully advanced his patrol for several kilometers against a stubborn resistance, attacked and overcame a hostile battery and captured three officers, several enlisted men and three field pieces.Continuing the attack in the face of intense machine gun fire that threatened to hold up the advance of the division, Kochli broke the hostile resistance, captured 14 machine guns and several more enlisted men. Again continuing the attack, Kochli led his men into the town of Montifaucon, an enemy strong point that had successfully rousted the numerous attacks of the French army. Kochli and his men were the first American soldiers to enter the town. During the campaign, Kochli had been severely wounded but still ably led his command.

William Wallace, the Stark Electric motorman who was badly injured in a wreck in Sebring on July 4, 1918, was back at work, acting as a freight agent for the company in the absence of Thomas Matticks, who was taking a vacation.

An item on the Sebring page urged capitalists to build houses in Sebring as the demand was high for living space in the growing city.

75 Years Ago (1944)

A third oak leaf cluster to his Air Medal was bestowed upon Sgt. William F. McMahon, an Alliance High grad, an airplane mechanic-gunner on a B-24 Liberator.

Staff Sgt. Albert S. Coon, a former Alliance resident, had been awarded a Good Conduct Medal. A technically trained crew chief, Coon was among the enlisted men contributing to keeping the P-51s of Lt. Col. John B. Henry’s Mustang Fighter Group in the air.

Lt. Virgil E. Scobey, a pilot from Alliance, had received the Air Medal somewhere in India.

50 Years Ago (1969)

George H. Thomas, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and religion at Mount Union since 1963, was named Mount Union’s 1969 Great Teacher.

25 Years Ago (1994)

Sebring native Kendall Thornsley, who had a 30-year career in the military working as a photographer, had been serving as NASA’s photo editor for three years.

West Branch students chosen as delegates to Buckeye Girls State were Lisa Smith and Abby Wartluft, while delegates to Boys State were Michael Bruderly, Kyle Doak and Ben Sanor.