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years ago | July 2nd

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Interesting moments in the history of our Valley are revisited with this daily journey through time.

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Vindicator File Photo / July 1, 1986 | Vindicator photographer Bob DeMay snapped this photo of a young Amish who took advantage of a rainy break 36 years ago to rake hay on a farm in Wilmington Township, Pennsylvania.

1997: Pat Mancini, 55, a graduate of Chaney High and Youngstown State University, completes a nine-day bike ride from Norfolk, Neb., to Youngstown to benefit the Youngstown Multiple Sclerosis Services Agency.

Some 370 workers at the 108-year-old Reznor Co. plant in Mercer, Pennsylvania are told about a third of the plant’s jobs are being sent to Mexico after unionized workers refuse to accept contract concessions .

A cleaner at Warren Town Hall says she saw a ghostly apparition while working at night, moments before a window was smashed. Mayor Hank Angelo says there have been rumors of hauntings for years, but he’s never seen anything.

1982: EW Bliss Co. in Salem, a division of Gulf & Western Manufacturing, announces 34 permanent white-collar job cuts and 32 hourly employees, bringing the salaried workforce to 175 and the union workforce to 225.

Citing “strong differences” in management and engineering philosophy with some key board members, Dr. Lynn Bollinger announces he will be leaving the board of Commuter Aircraft Corp, which is building a factory at the Youngstown Municipal Airport to build an airliner.

Box Car Willie delights the crowd in the stands at the Trumbull County Fair.

1972: Catherine Murphy, Director of Nursing at North Side Hospital, holds one of nine winning tickets in the Irish competition. She won $130,000.

The water at three Lake Erie beaches – Avon Lake, Rocky River and White City – has been declared unsafe for swimming due to high bacterial counts.

Robert Van Wingerden, a native of Girard, is appointed director of industrial engineering at the Packard Electric division of General Motors in Warren.

1947: Youngstown makes elaborate plans to accommodate Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary.

Cars, pedestrians and buildings on W. Front Street between Chestnut and Hazel streets are covered in heavy black soot discharged from a commutator engine at Pennsylvania Railroad yards. The damage is estimated at several hundred dollars.

Triplet daughters were born to Mr and Mrs John Simko of Youngstown at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and mother and children are doing well.