The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1914:
Cleveland Leader sends staff writer to Norwalk
to interview John Gardiner, the oldest banker in the country,
on possible results of new laws recently enacted.
The Oldest Banker in the Country Has No Fear of New Laws,” the Cleveland Leader Sunday featured an interview with John Gardiner, Norwalk’s eminent citizen.The interview was obtained a short time ago by Miss Lucy Price, a clever Cleveland newspaperwoman, who made the trip to Norwalk to see Mr. Gardiner. The Leader also features a photograph of Mr. Gardiner similar to the one the Reflector-Herald has the pleasure of printing today.
Mr. Gardiner is well recognized as one of the clearest thinkers in the banking fraternity and his opinion always carries weight. Leader interview in full says:
To have lived through every panic the country has ever known, to have watched them from the inner citadel of the banker himself, is considerable of an experience. To have done this and still, at the present date, to be an active bank president, unscathed by panics past, unafraid of any in the future — that is an achievement..
This is the record of the oldest banker in America....Although John Gardiner is ninety-seven years old, nearly ninety-eight, not a loan is made, not a note extended, not a detail of policy settled, without his approval. And this is not merely a usage of his name by the bank; it’s the use of his judgment, his banking sense...
Suffers stroke of paralysis
Mrs. M.W. Bebout, of this city, suffered a stroke of paralysis Friday night at the home of Mrs. R.L. Walden in Wellington, O., where she went some weeks ago for an extended visit. The entire left side of the body is affected.
Mrs. Bebout was found helpless at midnight, and her daughter, Dr. Sarah Bebout, of this city, was sent for early Saturday morning and spent Saturday and Sunday with her mother, who has been prostrated since the stroke, although sh has partly regained her vocal powers.
Passes away Monday morning
Mrs. Maggie Brutsche, wife of Joseph K. Brutsche, of Battle Creek, Mich., and who was taken to the Norwalk hospital Saturday evening, suffering from an actue attack of kidney trouble, passed away at 9 o’clock this morning, having been in a comatose condition for several hours preceding her death. Mr. Brutsche, who was notified of his wife’s condition, was expected to arrive in the city some time this afternoon.
Mrs. Brutsche was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hanley of this city, and was born in Norwalk thirty-nine years ago. She was married to Mr. Brutsche about twenty-three years ago, and with the exception of a few months’ residence at Marion, O., where Mr. Brutsche was employed in a piano factory, her entire life was spent in Norwalk. One son, Earl Brutsche, is left to mourn the loss of a faithful and devoted mother. She also leaves two brothers, Dan and James Hanley, of this city, and four sisters: Mrs. Edward Buck and W.C. Newman, of this city; Mrs. Henry Gfell of Lorain, O., and Mrs. David Hollister of Rochester, N.Y.
Gfell named for board of electors
Unable to hold two political jobs, W.H. Kiefer has resigned his position as member of the board of elections to accept the position of deputy tax commissioner. At a meeting of a few of the members of the Democratic county executive committee, George Gfell was endorsed for the position on the board of elections and his name forwarded to Secretary of State Graves.
Coming Saturday — Feb. 3, 1914; Falling tree kills farmer
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok