The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date in 1909:
Hearts thrilled with Spirit of ’61 as veterans marched through streets
Memories of Camp fires and battle fields, hospitals and southern military pens, brave deeds performed and life lasting friendships formed were revived in the breasts and minds of Norwalk’s veterans of the civil war, the members of the Wooster-Boalt post G.A. R., Monday, when, to the inspiring strains of band music, they marched through the streets of the city and paid tribute to the comrades who fell in the stress and strain of fighting, or who died from their wounds or from diseases contracted while following the flag of the union, or who, since the war closed, have passed to the last grand camping ground.
Memorial Day, which this year fell on Sunday, was observed in Norwalk Monday, and the manner in which it was observed showed that the Spirit of ‘61 has been handed down to the younger generations by the war heroes gone before and by the still living members of the dwindling ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic. From stories and business houses, from factories and residences and school buildings, there fluttered all day Sunday and Monday the Stars and Stripes, while in the cities of the dead in Norwalk, gray haired and aged women decorated with flags and flowers the graves of the fallen soldiers of the Civil and Spanish wars.
Col. J.H. Sprague, as president of the day, was in charge of the ceremonies. He was assisted by Colonel C.P. Wickham, Captain B.C. Taber, W.H. Cline, William Himberger and E.B. Harrison, vice presidents of the day; J. M. Chaffee, chief marshal; Revs. H.S. Powell, D.D., J.P. Quinn, Ross F. Wicks, J.A. Schaffeld, Arthur Dumper and H.G. Sutter, chaplins, and by the committeees on decoration, music and finance.
Death at New London
Mr. Watson Chase, florist, died Sunday evening, May 20, at the home of his son, C.C. Chase, in this village. The deceased was born and spent most of his life in Huron County. He served in the Civil War, was a member of the G.A.R., and passed away on the day devoted to that noble army.
Mr. Chase was a brother of the late A.B. Chase, of Norwalk. For thirty years he was a florist in different parts of the county,, having conducted a fine greenhouse here for a number of years.
He was nearly 62 years of age. His widow and son survive.
Cow has fish hook in stomach
While munching the long green lush that grows beside the bank of the creek in the rear of B.C. Taber’s residence on West Main Street, a valuable Jersey cow belonging to Mr. Taber in some way managed to swallow a fish and several feet of the line attached to the hook, which had been left lying on the bank by a man who was asleep underneath a nearby tree Monday.
Soon after this had happened, some women and children who were enjoying the sunshine in the field noticed the cow acting in a peculiar manner and few minutes later espied the man underneath the tree who had, in the meantime, awakened. He was dazed from drink, a fact that the children and women did not know, and they, alarmed at his strange actions, notified the police who repaired to the scene and arrested “Jack” Starbird, a former well known character of this city on the charge of acting in a suspicious manner.
In the meanwhile, the owner of the cow had been informed of the animal’s strange actions, and an investigation revealed the fact that the cow had swallowed a fish hook and line, and that she was suffering considerable pain from the hook in her stomach. A veterinary surgeon was called, but all efforts to get the hook out of the animal’s stomach proved fruitless.
Man at infirmary says he is 150 years old
A man who is believed to be an escaped inmate of the Longview insane asylum near Cincinnati, is now being held at the county infirmary in this city. The stranger, who gives his name as William Lyons, was arrested while acting in a suspicious manner in Chicago Junction Monday morning. As he gave plenty of evidence of having a deranged mind he was brought to the infirmary here in the afternoon.
Lyons is about fifty years old, although he informed Superintendent Bedord that he is 150 years of age. Apparently he is a well educated man, as is evidenced by the manner of his talk while he is rational. He claims that his home is in Glendale, a suburb of Cincinnati.
Coming Friday — June 1, 1909: Athletic field for schools
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok