The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 100 years ago:
Huron County sends seven to new army
Huron County today sent seven of its finest young men to Chillicothe to begin training for service in the new national army. Those who went were Thomas Kerner, William Wagner, Raymond Gandolf and Glenn West of Norwalk; Francis A. Rupp of Monroeville, Donald L. Hoffman of Chicago Junction and Edward Peck of Collins.
The young men were among those whose names were drawn in the draft lottery. They made no attempt to evade service and when orders were received to send five percent of the country’s quota with the first squad, they asked that they be sent first.
Each of these boys deserves great credit for the spirit they have shown and special credit should be given Edward Peck. Peck is a married man and has a six-months-old baby, but when his name was drawn, he refused to consider an exemption claim and stated that he believed it was his duty to go and serve his country as someone else would be compelled to go if he shirked.
Badly injured in fall from porch
Mrs. J.B. Faris fell from the front porch at her home, No. 131 North Hester Street, last night, breaking her arm in two places and suffering a nervous shock. She is under the care of a physician.
First death at hospital
The first death at Memorial Hospital occurred this morning. James Stauffer, aged 8 years and 8 months, died of complications developing from fractures to the bones of his right leg. He was injured last Thursday when he fell form a load of hay at Clarksfield.
He and his brother Walter had been living at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Brown of Clarksfield, during the past year. Dr. Bell of Clarksfield and Dr. Roseberry of New London, who were called when the accident happened, advised bringing the child to the hospital here, where he was given every attention, but complications caused his death this morning.
James was formerly an inmate of the Huron County Children’s Home where his gentle nature made him a great favorite. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. E. E. Burr, of Hartland, three brothers and two sisters, all in different homes.
Civil war veteran is called by death
W.S. Foster, 80, a civil war veteran, died this morning at 8 o’clock at the home of E.A. Osborn Sr., where he had been living since March 6. He had been in poor health for several months. He came here from the Soldiers’ Home at Sandusky and has lived in Norwalk at various times throughout his life. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ralph King of Toledo. He was made a member of Wooster-Boalt Post, G.A.R., three weeks ago.
Coming Thursday — Sept. 7, 1917: Wedding dinner poisons guests
Compiled by Andy Prutsok