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An appeal from the Union Relief Society

• Nov 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM

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An appeal from the Union Relief Society

For twenty-four years the Union Relief Society has frequently called upon the people of Norwalk for aid in carrying on its work, and it is due to a generous response to such appeals that the work could continue. The aim of the society is to help the deserving poor. Many families are helped through times of temporary distress, due to sickness or lack of work; others need occasional assistance for a long time owing to invalidism of other causes.

There are many widows on our list, hard-working mothers, whose small earnings are not always sufficient to keep their children from cold and hunger. In aiding such cases the Relief Society aims to supplement, not antagonize, the work of town and county authorities, which is, of necessity, less personal and immediate.

The saddest cases which come before us are the result of drunkenness. The fact that there is a wage earning in the family often puts the wife and children beyond the help of the public authorities. Even though hardly a cent of the drunkard’s earnings reaches his home. In these cases, the help of the Relief Society is often pitifully needed.

One of our special aims is to keep children under the good influence of the school room. Pathetic tales reach us of children who leave school because they are ashamed of their shabby clothes while many of them have not clothing war enough to protect them in cold weather...

The Union Relief Society,

Mrs. M. Patrick, President,

Miss M. W. Wildman, Secretary


Will appear in Norwalk

Frank James, of Missouri, the brother of the late Jesse James, is at last to appear on the stage in “Across the Desert.” For 19 years, he has lived down a past that was fraught with hardship and adventure. Since the great event of his life, when he appeared before Gov. Crittenden of Missouri, on October 5th, 1882, and surrendered his revolvers, each of 45 caliber, one of Smith & Wesson, and the other a Colt, with the remark, “Governor, you are the first man since 1861 that ever touches those revolvers save myself.”

He appears in every performance of “Across the Desert,” as a benefactor of mankind, a true American and ideal citizen, and may be seen for the first and probably the last time in Norwlak, next Tuesday evening, November 26th, at Gardiner Music Hall.


A stirring election

A miniature political campaign has been raging for the past week aone the students of the Senior and Junior classes who compose the Philomathean Literary Society. At their last meeting candidates for the offices on the different tickets were nominated. Howard Van Sciver heading the Independent ticket, Newell Wickham, the Woman’s Rights, Electa Roberts, the Self-Government, and Mae Carpenter, the Public Benefactors.

At 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at the polls in the Philomathean Hall, the balloting was carried on in secret, the usual number of clerks and judges presiding. The result of the election is as follows: 

President, Howard Van Sciver, Independent Party; Vice President, Irene Smith, Woman’s Rights; Secretary, Mary Laning, Self-Government; Treasurer, Bessie Loney, Woman’s Rights.


A horrible death

Albert Armstrong, the nine years old son of Jack Armstrong, of Pleasant Street, met with a horrible accident at 8:40 o’clock, Wednesday evening in the W. & L. E. yards in this city.

The unfortunate lad, with his brother, went to the yards to meet his father when he came in from his run on the Fremont local, and by some misstep fell under a train. His right leg was cut off below the knee, his left leg was lacerated and broken in several places above the knee, and his head was badly injured. He was taken to his home where he died at 12:30 this morning.



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