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Cunningham is appointed to police force

• Apr 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM

April 28, 1935

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1935:


Cunningham is appointed to police force

Russell Cunningham has been appointed a city patrolman to take the place of the late William M. Folk. He has been chosen from the field of three qualified candidates by Mayor Fred P. Link.

Mayor Link said today, “We have been vitally interested in giving the city the best possible police service. We believe the selection of Russ Cunningham is in line with that policy and judging by the many endorsements he submitted from local citizens, we feel sure the choice will receive public approval.”

The new officer is a son of Mrs. Catherine Cunningham of 46 Whittlesey Ave. At Norwalk High School, he ranked as a popular student and a star athlete, especially in football. By many, Cunningham is rated as one of the best linemen ever to represent an Ohio school team. For five years, he has been a member of the Ohio National Guard and has been a sergeant three years.


Rain needed to forestall crop failure

Huron County crops are suffering so much from lack of rain that a further continuation of the drought may bring about the most serious shortage of farm products on record.

Counting the light shower that occurred early this morning, total rainfall this month has amounted to only .95 inch. This is less than one-third of normal. More rain, however, is promised today.


Release six men involved in FERA riot

The following six Greenwich men, who pleaded guilty to causing a FERA strike riot recently at Greenwich, were released today by Judge Earl S. Miller, after furnishing a peace bond of $500 each: 

Everitt Sexton, Ambrose Lowery, Sam Brainard, Harry Hoose, Chas. Mekoleske and Byron Geary.

Rodney Snook of Willard, indicted on the charge of obtaining FERA aid under false pretenses, remains in the county jail and will be called before the court Monday to say whether he has engaged an attorney and whether he can furnish the $1,000 bond for his appearance.

Snook is county chairman of the local Workers Alliance and was one of the leading supporters of the county-wide FERA strike.


Local scouts are honored at Sandusky

Norwalk was well represented at the annual Firelands area Boy Scout circus held in the Junior High School auditorium at Sandusky last night.

Nearly 1,000 were present. Those to receive four-year certificates from this county are:

Clarence Tanner, Craig Tanner, Junior Sharbaugh, John Nichols, Carlton Riddle, Richard Johnson, Arthur Heck, Charles Meyers and Kenneth Frye, Willard; William Weston, Dalmen Leach, Cloyd Knapp, Floyd Eccles, Merrill Clark, Edward Beard and Byron Baier, New London.

George Merner, Denver Keplinger, Lawrence Greenwalt, Frederick Bever, Kenneth West, Minard Patrick and Donald Saladin, Norwalk.


Mourners pay touching tribute at last rites

When singularly touching and impressive funeral rites were held in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church yesterday afternoon for Teddy Thompson, 14-year-old high school student, a well nigh unprecedented expression of grief was manifested. Several of the young friends of the youth were palpably overcome with emotion and scarcely a member of the choir, of which the boy was a member, sang with dry eyes. The servcies were preceded by a procession of clergymen and the choir. The local high school was closed for the services. Scores of Teddy Thompson’s schoolmates attended.

The pall bearers, all high school students, were: Linn Sheldon, Pete Sofios, Billy Vail, Alfred Dossin, Thornton Patrick and Jack Orebaugh.


Mother of 12 will be buried Monday morning

Funeral services for the late Mrs. O’Dell LaVigne, 74, who died Thursday night at her home in Monroeville, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Monroeville. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cememtery. Mrs. Lavigne is suvived by her husband, 12 children, 35 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. It is expected that the 12 children will attend the funeral.


Coming Monday — April 30, 1935: W. Clarksfield woman trapped on bridge by train

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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