100 Years Ago (1918)

The flu situation in Alliance was improved with no deaths being reported for a span of 50 hours, according to Dr. P.C. Ramsey, city health officer. It was believed that the danger point had passed as only a few new cases had been reported. Meanwhile in Sebring, the influenza situation was the most pronounced it had ever been with several new cases and one death — John Saunders, 19, of West Michigan Avenue.

Sebring undertaker William Mooseman was called to East Palestine to help embalm the dead in that village as the town had been inflicted with Spanish flu so severe that local embalmers could not keep up and help was urgently needed.

New rules regarding ticket books for the Stark Electric Railroad were established as fallout from a dozen area men being arrested on the accusation that they split tickets in order to avoid paying a war tax by buying one ticket in Salem to Sebring and then another from Sebring to Alliance. It had been reported earlier in the week that that only one of the 12 accused men would stand trial as a test case before U.S. commissioners in Cleveland. Mr. Thomas, one of the men who lived in Salem and daily made a trip between there and Alliance, was to be represented by Metzgar & Smith. The outcome of the case would likely determine how cases against the others would proceed. The men had claimed they saved money by buying separate tickets, but government officials asserted they had done it to keep the total cost per ticket under the price that was taxed. So that it would be more difficult to split tickets, passengers buying a book of 20 tickets good for a trip between Sebring and Alliance at the cost of $1 were required to write his or her name in a book in the hands of agent Tom Erb and when the book was received by the purchaser, he or she was to write their name on the back of the book. Conductors were ordered to refuse to accept split tickets from points east of Sebring to Alliance.

Pvt. James B. Stouffer, a member of Company 318, Battalion M, at Paris Island, South Carolina, had qualified as a marksman.

Charles Giovanelli, who conducted a saloon in the 1300 block of East Broadway, was fined $5 and costs in municipal court after violating the health board’s order to not permit people in saloons. Giovanelli admitted to allowing the men to line up at the bar and that he had sold 17 bottles of beer. Giovanelli could have faced a $100 fine, 90 days in jail or both, but seeing that it was a first offense, the court went lightly on the saloonkeeper.