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99 years ago in 1922:

• An arrest on a charge of driving an automobile while intoxicated, a fall resulting in fracture of the skull and a stern police court looking before him were the result of intoxication to a man from Greene.

L. J. Hickcox, 37, was arrested by Patrolman Blake when Blake observed Hickcox’s hectic piloting of an automobile.

On the way to a cell in city jail, Hickcox stumbled and fell, striking his head on the concrete floor. When he failed to regain consciousness, quickly Dr. Knappenberger was summoned. Examination disclosed a fractured skull.

50 years ago in 1971:

• Warren miniature train owner Howard Murphy added another steam engine to what was dubbed “Murphy’s Railroad” and was busy getting the new miniature locomotive ready for a special train meet that would be held in Alliance.

Murphy purchased his first train, a then-32-year-old Ottoway steam engine and track, several years before from an amusement park. His second, a Cagney over 70 years old, was purchased in 1971. Both engines burned coal and traveled on a small-gauge track in Murphy’s backyard.

25 years ago in 1996:

• The West Farmington village post office celebrated 100 years of rural delivery.

The celebration included delivery of some mail by a horse and buggy as it was done a century before.

Postmaster Luane Lunger said many residents enjoyed getting their mail the old-fashioned way.

A number of residents snatched up cameras to capture the event or walked alongside the single-horse buggy.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service marked the anniversary by issuing a Rural Free Delivery stamp in which the local clerk, Liz Bean, took care of the special cancellation.

On hand at the celebration was local resident John Elwell, who recounted his memories from bygone days when horse and buggy delivery was standard practice. Two vehicles were used then to make rounds, he said.

“West Farmington is a friendly, kind community and the post office wants them to know we appreciate their support,” Lunger said.

10 years ago in 2011:

• A 1976 time capsule buried in Bazetta Township Park for the nation’s bicentennial would be unearthed and its contents displayed for the public at Bazetta Community Day.

Park board members and community members wanted the day to be like an old-fashioned family picnic in the park.

Those attending could bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and water were provided.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Allie Vugrincic.

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