The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1943:
City of Norwalk will sidestep August primary
Paul Tucker, secretary of the Huron County Board of Elections, reports that Norwalk, for the first time, will not have a primary election this year, since the time the primary system was established.
This situation was brought about yesterday by the withdrawal of Mayor Joe E. Dudley, a Republican, as a candidate for renomination. Mayor Dudley is serving in a Texas army camp.
In 1939, an Ohio law was enacted authorizing that no primaries may be held in the off years when there are no contests. The cost of the average Norwalk primary is about $1,000.
Candidates who wish to have their names on the general election tickets next fall, may do so by filing petitions of one percent of the vote cast for governor at the last election.
Parole granted to Mrs. Emma G. Roethlisberger
Mrs. Emma G. Roethlisberger, of Willard, sent to the Woman’s Reformatory at Marysville March 20, 1942, after being found guilty of slaying her husband, Louis Roethlisberger, is scheduled to be paroled Aug. 2. She was found guilty of manslaughter.
A native of the Slayersville region in the mountains of Kentucky, Mrs. Roethlisberger became the central figure of one of the most interesting murder trials in the history of the local common pleas court.
She was accused of fatally stabbing her husband with a knife. Witnesses testified that the killing was the climax of numerous quarrels in which Mrs. Roethlisberger was fearfully beaten at times by her husband.
At the outset, the woman was adjudged insane and was sent to the Lima Hospital for the criminal insane. After being released from that institution as cured, she went to trial on the killing charge.
News from our boys in service
Word has been received here of Ensign Robert Kline, on a very successful and interesting trip to foreign lands on a ship of the Pacific carrying supplies to our fighting men.
While in San Francisco for a week after his first trip, Ensign Kline had the pleasure of dining with three former Norwalkians:
Robert Holiday, Vern Harkness and Henry Culp, who warmly congratulated him on graduating from the New London, Con. officer’s Training School in April. He was the youngest and one of 25 out of 2,390 boys to receive the highest grades.
Ensign Kline is twenty-one years old and a graduate of St. Paul’s High School, Class of 1939.
Pvt. Buddy L. Coffey, son of Mrs. Hazel Coffee of Norwalk, would like to hear from his friends. He is stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Edwards received a letter from their son, Jack, on his arrival in Australia.
John R. Corf, son of Mrs. Ruth Corf, 154 Whittlesey Ave., left for the Naval Training School, at Worcester, Mass., for training.
Find man guilty of sodomy
Charles Brown, city dump area denizen, who was indicted sometime ago on the charge of sodomy was found guilty this morning by Judge K.H. Savord of Sandusky. He waived a jury. Only one spectator was present.
Witnesses for the plaintiff were Dr. Harry Fulstow, Norwalk veterinarian; Patrolman Ray Chapin and Clarence Jenkins.
Pending a possible appeal for a new trial, Judge Savord has reserved passing sentence.
Coming Tuesday — July 3, 1943: Rev. C.H. Gross of Old St. Paul’s to retire Sept. 1
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok