The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 100 years ago:
Some miscreant slashed Old Glory just east of town
Another American flag has been mutilated in Norwalk.
Saturday morning, when Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Snoddrass of Medina Road went out on their front porth they were horrified to find their handsome American flag slashed in half in a dozen different places, utterly ruining it.
The flag hung between two trees and they have always been proud and careful of it, taking it in every night; but Friday night they were down town and it was raining when they got home and they neglected it for the first time.
Someone, evidently an ardent pro German, used a sharp knife and slashed it in three places, one cut being at right angles with another, thereby tearing a gaping hole.
Last summer, Mr. Bierberback of East Elm Street, wakened one morning to find his big American flag similarly slashed.
W.C.T.U. hears from teachers
The article published in the Greenwich Enterprise by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union of that place, in which it was stated that modesty of dress and conduct was expected of school teachers there, has been answered by the teachers. The teachers claimed the article was an uncalled for insult and for a time threatened to strike. The affair aroused the village as it has not been aroused for some time. The answer published and signed by each of the teachers, was as follows:
“We the teachers of the Greenwich school are at a loss to know what the W.C.T.U. deems proper in the matter of dress and conduct.
Freedom of muscle is essential to good health and for that reason we do not wear high collars and street sweeping skirts, however, we feel that we have at all times dressed with modesty.
“We are willing at any time to adopt a uniform at the expense of the W.C.T.U.
After careful discussion of the topic of conduct, we find that our idea of good conduct is not in keeping with the example set by some of your leading members, that that in order that our conduct be above reproach, it will be necessary for you to set a better example for us to follow.
“We feel this step taken by your organization has been uncalled for and insulting. If we fail to suit you in the future, come to us quietly and state your grievances. We will put a ban on coal throwing and treat you with all courtesy.”
Thurman Elliott takes Mason line
Thurman T. Elliott has taken the agency for Huron County of the celebrated Mason automobile tire, one of the best known on the market. Mr. Elliott is a prominent young businessman of Norwalk and a hustler and that he will make good goes without the saying. He will carry his tire stock and have his salesroom at 21 Whittlesey Ave., and is prepared to take care of any sized car in the market.
Lee Hiltz lands good army job
Leon Hiltz, private secretary to Congressman Overmyer, and a former popular reporter for the Reflector, will be an army field clerk in the new U.S. Army at a salary larger than that which he has received as a congressional secretary.
He was drafted but his name was next to last on the list. He received a communication from the war department a few days ago asking him if he had any objections to entering before his name was reached in regular order. He at once replied he was ready at any time for any service. He then received notification of his appointment for clerical work in the field and was ordered to report at the adjutant general’s office in Washington Saturday morning.
Coming Saturday — Sept. 9, 1917: Eleven claims are rejected
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok