Read it Again: Week of June 20, 2002

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80 years ago this week. In Martins Ferry, Ohio, prohibition enforcement officer John C. Iddings was arrested for throwing home brew into the streets of the city, “contrary to law.” Health Officer Shannon had Iddings arrested, charged with violating the sanitary rules of the city.

The Carroll County Shorthorn Breeders’ Association’s sale averaged $92.78 per head on the 36 lots in the sale. Two animals sold for $165 each.

For sale: 97-acre farm, four miles from Alliance; nine-room house, large barn and straw shed, silo, poultry house and “other necessary outbuildings;” about 65 acres tillable; water in pasture. Selling price, $7,500. Also for sale: 100 acres one mile south of center of Warren; bank barn, silo, wells, outbuildings, 300 maple trees; centralized school; $6,000.

50 years ago this week. Paul T. Truitt, president of American Plant Food Council, pledged support of fertilizer manufacturers in furnishing farmers with the essential plant foods to feed a rapidly increasing population from existing crop acreage.

“Each year since 1938, the fertilizer industry has reached a new high in delivering fertilizer to farmers. This means that, since 1938 when we produced 7.5 million tons , the demand has now increased to 21 million tons plus,” Truitt said.

25 years ago this week. The Home Builders Association of Mahoning Valley and township trustees from Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties has asked the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to prove why rural residents should be charged more for electricity than those living within municipalities. In answer to a filed complaint, Ohio Edison said that the higher rates charged to township residents were based on previous approval by the PUCO. Is is said that the case could go to the Supreme Court. E. Ray Davis of Austintown, chairman of the plaintiffs, said at one time last year, farmers and rural dwellers were paying 50 percent more than city users.

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