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Blast from the Past: Star Massillon coach was born in Norwalk

• Nov 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on Nov. 20, 1939:


Star Massillon coach was born in Norwalk

The many Norwalk football fans who have marveled at the success of Paul E. Brown, coach of the conquering Massillon High School team, will be interested to be informed that the outstanding grid leader was born at 7 W. Elm St., Norwalk, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brown, now living at Massillon. The father was employed by the W. & L. E. railway when the family lived here.

On Saturday, A.H. Specht of Norwalk witnessed the 20-6 victory scored by Massillon over Canton McKinely at Massillon, and after the game was introcuced to the coach as a “Mr. Specht form Norwalk.”  Brown looked at Specht with delight.

“Why, I was born in Norwalk. I left there when I was nine years old but Norwalk is still the old hometown to me,” he said.


Garden club celebrates children’s birthdays

The Norwalk Garden Club celebrated the birthdays of Dewey Boles, Glenn Cladwell, Doris Moore, Stanley Mathews, Franklin Mathews, Pearl Martin and Herbert Robison at the Children’s Home Friday evening. Each of the the honored guests received a lovely lighted birthday cake with which ice cream with a turkey center mold was served to all of the children. A gift was also given to each of these youngsters who celebrated their birthdays this month.

The Little German Gand was present and played a number of selections to the delight of their listeners.


18 will get grid awards at St. Pauls

Six seniors, four juniors and eight sophomores are among the 18 St. Paul High School gridders who will receive football letters this fall, Coach Fred Geroge announced today.

The seniors include Ringholz, McLaughlin, J. Meesig, McKenzie, Newberger and Bob Weisenberger. The juniors are Gross, Wagner, Hilson and Earman. Sophomore letter winners are Merner, Ray Weisenberger, Burthon, Hugh, Moehlman, Bleclic, Myers and Rupp.


Elyria factory will not move to Norwalk

Efforts to induce the Olson Co. of ELyria to move its factory to Norwalk evidently have failed. Annoucnement has been made that the company has leased the old American Rolling Mill building at Elyria. The company manufactures air heating equiplment. The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, however, made a laudable effort to bring the factory here. More than $20,000 was pledged to obtain a Norwalk site.


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