Former mayor, 102, dies

Harold Milligan

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A former six-term Struthers mayor died at the age of 102 on Wednesday.

Harold Milligan, died early Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Milligan was elected Struthers mayor in 1952 and was re-elected five times until 1964.

Current Mayor Terry Stocker said Milligan’s legacy will live for years to come.

“He was a book of knowledge. He had a mind like a steel trap. He never forgot anything,” said Stocker. “He helped build City Hall. He went after funding for the building that we’re standing in front of today. He’s always been for Struthers, Mr. Struthers.”

The city is flying their flags at half-staff in his honor. Milligan served on the Struthers Board of Education from 1945 until he resigned to become mayor.

He was born Jan. 15, 1911 in Lowellville to Arthur and Martha Sloan Milligan and moved to Struthers when he was 8 years old.

Milligan became the first-ever Eagle Scout in Struthers in 1925.

He graduated from Struthers High School in 1929, attended Ohio State University for two years and went to Youngstown College.

Milligan married Margaret Anderson Sept. 4, 1931. The two were married until she died 12 days after their 76th wedding anniversary in 2007.

He served as president of the Ohio Municipal League in 1961 and its vice president and chairman of its Legislative Committee in 1959 and 1960, and he was also a member of the National Municipal League.

Milligan was a partner at Milligan Dairy for 38 years before the company was sold in 1960. He then worked as a researcher for Youngstown Sheet and Tube for 12 years, retiring in 1975.

Funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers. Interment will be at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Family and friends will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

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