21 WFMJ archives  / July 5, 1999, | Nikolaus Boehm, 6, of Dayton, dusted his family’s 1939 Packard at the 100th-anniversary Packard Motor Car Co. celebration in Warren 25 years ago.

July 5

1999: Enthusiasts from all over the world bring their Packard automobiles to Warren to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Packard Motor Co. 

Soda Construction Co. of Niles is the contractor for the first leg of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway project in Mahoning County, a 5.8-mile stretch from Kirk Road to Western Reserve Road. 

The hippest, funniest action movie of the summer, "Wild Wild West," starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kenneth Branagh, is playing at the Austintown, Boardman, and Eastwood Regal cinemas. 


1984: In an appeal to blue-collar workers, President Ronald Reagan said during a stop in Detroit that "the American auto industry is back," thanks to his administration's economic policies. The UAW countered that Reagan's early policies plunged the industry into a depression that forced plant closings and massive layoffs. 

Mayor Patrick Ungaro announces his selection of Gerald Sanfrey as director of Youngstown's Community Development Agency.  He wants the agency to seek more federal funds for housing rehabilitation and economic development. 

Rich Karlis, who booted 32 of 38 field goals in his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos, returns to Salem for an off-season visit with his parents, Dick and Helen Karlis, before reporting for training camp.


1974: The Civic Improvement Committee of the Salem Chamber of Commerce proposes adding an indoor swimming pool to the Memorial Building at an estimated cost of $1 million. 

Most Ohioans favor the death penalty for criminals but do not support ending the lives of terminally ill patients, even at the patient's request, the Ohio Poll shows.

With little more than a month before the first Ohio Lottery ticket is sold, only 4,900 of the expected 8,000 to 10,000 ticket agents have been approved. 


1949: With temperatures reaching 103 degrees, Youngstown ties a record set in 1919. Hundreds find relief in the cool waters of the North Side Pool. 

Mrs. Mary Wick Pollock of 603 Wick Ave., a member of one of Youngstown's oldest families, dies of pneumonia in North Side Hospital. She was 79.

More than 10,000 people celebrate Independence Day in East Palestine with baseball games, picnics, diving contests, and fireworks at City Park.