Read it Again: Week of May 15, 2003

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80 years ago this week. Four hundred choice Thoroughbreds are stabled at Southern Park (Mahoning County) for the inaugural running meet at this track. “Much interest has been aroused as the call to ‘saddles and boots’ is quite a change from the harness events to which the followers of horse racing in this vicinity have been accustomed.”

the Ashtabula County Agricultural Society announced it will build a new 28-by-100 foot exhibition hall on the grounds In Jefferson.

Henry Ford has passed Rockefeller as the world’s richest man. Ford’s wealth is estimated at $750 million, while Rockefeller’s billion-dollar philanthropy has depleted his fortune to $300 million.

50 years ago this week. Inflation hit the fish market in Ohio last week – at least it did for two southern Ohio fishermen who were caught by a couple of hardy and tenacious game protectors.

Two fish, one a common sucker and the other a small rock bass, cost the two fishermen exactly $314 each. The violators were caught by game protectors on Salt Creek near Londonderry last week in a driving rain storm, operating a 50-foot illegal seine in the creek.

The protectors laid in the rain for several hours waiting for the violators, and it paid off. The violators were wrong. Wrong to the tune of $628 and they didn’t even get the fish.

25 years ago this week. The new Landmark Feed Plant in Massillon is progressing right on schedule, according to Landmark sources in Columbus, and the plant is expected to be in full production my middle or late summer this year. The multimillion dollar structure, located about 2 miles south of Route 30 on state Route 21 and north of Navarre, will serve more than 15 Landmark associations in northern Ohio. It will have an estimated yearly capacity of more than 100,000 tons of feed and will manufacture a complete line of bagged and formula feeds.

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