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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Dr. Grabill, former Huron County physician, hangs himself

• May 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

May 14, 1921

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 95 years ago:


Dr. Grabill, former Huron County physician, hangs himself

Dr. J.F. Grabill, formerly of Townsend but for many years dwelling in Elyria, committed suicide yesterday morning by hanging. A dispatch from Elyria says:

Dr. J.F. Grabill, sixty-five , long known as county physcian, a friend to the poor, hung himself to death in his barn yesterday morning.

The physician had been worried about a cancerous growth on his face During the night, he was troubled with insomnia, his wife said. She fell asleep about 3 a.m. and awoke 3 hours later to find her husband missing. She later fond the body.


Missing student leaves note partly explaining absence

Ernest Delameter, a high school junior who has been missing from his home north of this city since last Wednesday, is believed to be safe. A note found in the pocket of one of his garments  left at home states that the young man had left home and that he would write in due time and explain everything. Young Delameter is the son of B.E. Delameter.


Huron County gave 40 lives in the war

Huron County suffered a loss of 40 boys killed in the recent war, according to official information sent the Reflector-Herald today by the state Adjutant General. Of this number, ten were killed in action. The entire list of names is furnished. Of Ohio troops, a total of 6,093 were killed or died in the war. Cuyahoga County leads with 922 dead.


Geo. Picker is barred as restauranter

Judge Roy H. William this morning granted a  permanent injunction restraining George Picker from engaging in the restaurant business in Norwalk.

Application for the injunction was made by J.M. Enomoto, a Japanese restaurant man who avers that when he bought the Arlington Cafeteria last year from Picker for $3,400, the latter agreed not to reenter the restaurant business.

Frank G. Jones, attorney for the plaintiff, asked E.W. Hiett if Picker was financially interested in the Hiett’s new cafeteria on E. Main St. Hiett said no. Jones then called in a local banker who asserted that Picker had turned over $1,500 to Hiett. This money was in the nature of a loan without interest. Hiett explained it was also brought out that Hiett’s son, Howard, had an interest of $1,000 in the place. Don Young represented Picker


Rehfield to be first of eight murderers to die

Columbus — Of the eight men in death row in the Ohio penitentiary here, Charles Rehfeld of Norwalk, convicted for the murder of Dr. H.A. Benson in that city, is scheduled to die first. He is to be electrocuted on May 28.


Big farm in Bronson sold today

C.H. Blatt of Norwalk today purchased the 183 acre farm in Bronson, known as the Brightman farm, from Herman Ott. It is one of the finest farms in the county and lies four miles south of the old water works. H.C. Barre of North Fairfield made the sale.


Boy scouts enjoy camping expedition

In command of Assistant Scout Master Willard Bennett, the following Boy Scouts, all members of Troop I, enjoyed a camping and hiking expedition to the Oetzell farm, a short distance north of Milan: Sprague Yeager, Allen Haines, Grant Bemus, Robert Bechtol and Currie Slout. The party left here on Friday and returned Sunday.

The scouts had three tents and slept on browse beds. Several of the party made a hike to Rapaha, north of Fries Landing.

Coming Monday, May 16, 1921: Lawrence’s body found in field

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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