The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date in 1909:
Athletic field for schools
For the purpose of providing a site on which to eventually erect a new school building, and which in the meantime may be used as playgrounds and for holding athletic sports of the schools of the city, the city board of education, at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, adopted a resolution providing for the purchase by the board of sixteen acres of ground lying just north of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railroad tracks and west of the Huron branch of the Wheeling & Lake Erie, on East Main Street. The ladn is to be purchased from T.R. Washburn, the purchase price being $3,286.40.
For several years there has been almost a crying need of athletic grounds for the public school pupils, who have had no suitable place for holding athletic sports as nearly every other city in this section of the state as large or larger than Norwalk has provided for their schools.
When, therefore, the school board learned that it could purchase the Washburn property at a bargain price every member was in favor of the board making the purchase, and the resolution to buy the property was adopted by a unanimous vote Tuesday evening.
An athletic association will be organized by the pupils during the next school year and it is expected that this association will be able to fully equip the new athletic grounds with everything necessary for the holding of athletic sports.
Verdict in arson case reversed
Mrs. Martha J. Campbell, of Greenfield township, who was convicted by a jury in common please court in February a year ago, of the crime of aiding and abetting in the burning of Miss Lon Mather’s dwelling house in Steuben in October, 1907, and who was sentenced by Judge Richards to serve eight months in the Ohio penitentiary in Columbus, will not have to go to prison.
Wednesday afternoon the circuit court, which, Tuesday, heard arguments in the case which was appealed on error to the higher court, and which court consisted of judges Marvin of Akron; Kinkade of Toledo; and Metcalf of Chardon, rendered its verdict in which the verdict returned in common pleas court was reversed. Mrs. Campbell’s sentence was set aside, and the case remanded back to the lower court for a second trial.
One of city’s most prominent men dying
Calvin Whitney, president of the A.B. Chase Company, and one of Norwalk’s most prominent men, is dying at his home on West Main Street. His condition was reported as being very low Wednesday afternoon, and it was said at his residence that all hope of his recovery had been abandoned, and that, while he might live another day or two, his death was but a matter of a few hours.
In constant attendance upon the sick man are his wife and three children, Mrs. Daisy Dillon of Columbus; Mrs. Ina Gardiner of Houston, Tex., and Warren Whitney, of this city.
Minnesota man orders carload of “Auto-Bugs”
That the fame of the Norwalk Auto Bug Company’s cars is spreading to distant parts of the United States was shown this week when, after spending two days in the city investigating the merits of the company’s products, A.G. Evans, dealer in agricultural implements, hardware and grain, of Tracy, Minn., gave A.E. Skadden, president and general manager of the company, an order for a carload of auto-bugs to be delivered at his place of business in Tracy. Mr. Evans expects to place the cars on sale in his home town. He and his daughter, who accompanied him to Norwalk, left for home on Tuesday.
Coming Saturday — June 2, 1958: Local man gets patent
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok