21 WFMJ archives  / July 1, 1984 | The front page of The Vindicator’s Rotogravure section 40 years ago featured five Revolutionary War re-enactors, Tom Hornbrook of Mansfield; Bill Pierce and Steve Wickline, both of Warren; John King of Erie, Pa., and Bob Cairns of Canton.

July 3

1999: Tom Chema, who runs Gateway Consultants Group and was a driving force behind Jacobs Field and Gund Arena in Cleveland, says an arena in Youngstown could have a similar effect in revitalizing the downtown. Michael Rowan, a Florida hospital executive, is tapped by the board of trustees as chief executive of Humility of Mary Health Partners, which operates St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown and St. Joseph Hospital in Warren. The state will provide $8 million toward the $13 million cost of a new middle school in Niles to replace the 85-year-old Edison Junior High Building. 


1984: The American steel industry's newly formed second-largest company, Cleveland-based LTV Steel Corp., has officially merged with Jones & Laughlin Steel and Republic Steel Corp.

Gov. Richard F. Celeste signs legislation requiring drivers to take a vision test when renewing their driver's licenses. A Canadian motorcycle stuntman, Karel Soucek, 37, becomes the first person in 23 years to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He suffered only a gash on his head. 


1974: Heavy rains bring area reservoirs far above normal, except Lake Milton, where the Army Corps of Engineers is keeping the level below the 942-foot mark because of the dam's weakened condition. 

Douglas Dawson, 20, of Rigby Street, drowns while swimming in Lincoln Park pool. It was the first drowning in a city pool since 1971.

The Warren-based Packard Electric Division of General Motors Corp. will build a 193,000-square-foot automotive wiring system plant in Brookhaven, Miss. 


1949: The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce announces plans to organize a citizens committee to develop a "make work" program in the event that economic conditions deteriorate to the extent that one is needed. 

Ellen Horner, 18, of Hickory Township, wins first honors in the Pennsylvania American Legion's annual essay contest on democracy.

Peasants in Czechoslovakian villages arm themselves with pitchforks, scythes, and clubs to stand guard around their Catholic priests, protecting them from Communist police.