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In the later part of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century, many people came to Trumbull County in search of manufacturing and industrial jobs to make a better life for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, many also faced discrimination within and outside the factories, which led to developing their own customs and neighborhoods. In this episode, our guest Dr. Martha Pallante talks about Italian immigrants who lived and worked in the valley. Our guest shares the experience of her family immigrating from Italy to Ohio–what jobs they worked, traditions created, and lives lived. Dr. Pallante is a professor of Early American History, author, and a leading expert on local history at Youngstown State University. She was born and still lives in Niles, OH.

Earnie Shavers was a professional heavyweight boxer who grew up in Braceville. Earnie was known as one of the hardest hitting punchers in boxing history, recording over 70 knockout wins. Joining us for this episode is Earnie’s eldest daughter, Tamara Shavers, who talks not only about his life inside the ring, but more about Earnie the father, husband, and type of person he was and how Braceville influenced him everywhere he went.

Ted Toles, Jr., was born on December 4th, 1925, in Braceville to Ella and Theodore Barnes Toles, Sr. His love of sports started early, as he not only played baseball in high school but also boxed and participated in track and field. After graduating as valedictorian from Braceville High School in 1943, Toles began playing baseball professionally. He played for 4 Negro League teams from 1946 until 1950: the Pittsburgh Crawfords, the Cleveland Buckeyes, the Newark Eagles, and the Jacksonville Eagles. Toles then played for multiple Minor League teams including affiliates of the Cleveland Indians, the New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Athletics for 2 years. Throughout his career, he was known as a switch-hitter, outfielder, and left-handed pitcher. After his retirement from baseball in 1953, he worked for Republic/LTV Steel for over 30 years. He married his wife Jean on September 17, 1955, and the couple had 7 children together. He died at the age of 90 on April 4, 2016.

The Perkins family migrated from Connecticut and settled in Warren, Their name has become embedded in the fabric of the city and while living in Warren the family incurred both triumphs and disasters. This week’s guest is Eliza Kirkpatrick, a retired nurse and descendant of the Perkins Family who talks about the memories and objects that have been passed down from generation to generation.

This can’t miss, family friendly event will feature grape-stomping competition, children’s activities, music by the Youngstown Saxon Brass Band, and of course, a copious amount of BEER! Each ticket purchase includes two drink tokens and German inspired cuisine. Children ages 12 and under are FREE!

From Case Western Reserve University to Western Reserve High School, the Connecticut ‘Western Reserve’ is a term that most people have heard before. But what does it mean? Join us with the Curator of Collections at the Litchfield Historical Society, Alex Dubois, as we talk about how this northeast section of Ohio was once owned by the state of Connecticut and the early stories that created the communities that we have today.

Ernie Hall is Ohio’s unsung aviator. An inventor, teacher, and mechanic, he spent 50 years employed in aviation. From working with the Wright Brothers to training pilots during World War I and World War II, Hall left a legacy that continues through the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum in Howland, Ohio. Join us with pilot Bob Griffin as we talk about Hall’s upbringing and career–as well as what it takes to build and operate an aircraft.

Kenneth Patchen was an American poet and novelist who experimented with different forms of writing and incorporated painting, drawing, and jazz music into his works. He received an award for life-long contribution to American letters from the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.

Patchen was largely self-taught and never seemed to gain widespread recognition from the prominent literary critics or university professors of his generation. He suffered an early tragedy when his younger sister Kathleen was struck and killed by a car in 1926.

Writing in a style often referred to as “jazz poetry,” Patchen struck up a publishing relationship and friendship with James Laughlin, the original publisher of New Directions, in 1936.

The oldest remaining house in Warren, the John Stark Edwards House, dates to 1807, but the Edwards Family left an infamous legacy much earlier than that. Join us with Professor Ava Chamberlain as we dive into her book The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards.

James Ward and William Doud Packard left a legacy in Warren through Packard Electric Company and Packard Motor Car Company. They were a product of their time while driving innovation and engineering to new levels and leaving a lasting legacy on the city today.

Join us with special guest Charles Ohlin of the National Packard Museum to explore what it was like for the Packard brothers to grow up in Warren, develop successful companies, and make a name for themselves on the national scene.

In this postcard you can see the YMCA building and the former Packard Mansion, listed here as the Elk’s Club, which would be demoed in the 1960s for a YMCA expansion project.

Clarence Darrow remains one of Trumbull County’s most controversial figures. Known as the “Attorney of the Damned,” Darrow left a national legacy that started with his childhood in Kinsman, Ohio.

This podcast dives into Darrow’s upbringing and career with guests Donna & Gary Moss. Renovating Darrow’s childhood home, the Octagon House, Donna & Gary talk about Darrow’s legacy and the ups and downs of restoring a historic home together.