The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on Dec. 23, 1939:
Russell Mainzer killed in hunting accident
Russell Mainzer, 22, of the North Monroeville River Road, was accidentally shot in the head and killed by James Pfleiger, 20, of 77 Woodlawn Ave., Norwalk, at 8:45 this morning while hunting rabbits on the farm operated by Edgar Schlachter, a short distance north of Monroeville.
Coroner J.D. Bradish reports he will render a verdict of accidental death. Both hunters had 12-gauge shotguns. A dog with which they were hunting started to chase a rabbit. Mainzer, evidently, had decided to make an effort to catch the rabbit by hand, as it doubled back in an effort to escape. Just as he ran in front of Pfleiger, the latter fired.The coroner said that under the unusual circumstances, Pfleiger was not at fault.
Charles Woller creates unique Xmas display
Charles Woller, of 29 Cline St., whose Christmas scene creation at his home has attracted much favorable attention for several years, has assembled another large and high quality display. Among the units of the village scene are two churches, 13 houses, a river, a road scene and a white way. There are 56 electric bulbs in the set-up. On one corner is a stable made of tuffa rock, the babe in the manger, Joseph, Mary and an angel with a cow and a donkey in the rear rock. Above the manger are a guiding star and guardian angel. Also depicted are the three Magi and camel, two shepherds, nine sheep, deer, wolf hounds and many other figures. The river is made of glass and runs under a covered bridge.
Infant child passes away
John Haupricht Jr., only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Haupricht, passed away at his home, 40 N. Linwood Ave. this morning after a short illness. John would have been two months old on Christmas day.
Fremont St. Joseph five tops Norwalk parochials
St. Paul High School cagers suffered a double setback in the basketball games with Fremont St. Joseph’s last night, the St. Paul varsity losing 30 to 18 and the reserves losing 27 to 18. It was the first setback of the season for the reserves. The games were played at Fremont.
Dick Merner was the only member of the St. Paul varsity able to hit the hoop consistently last night. While his mates watched the ball circle the hoop and drop out on numerous attempts, Merner rang the bell for four field goals and a like number of free throws for a total of 12 points. Only four members of the St. Paul squad including Merner scored any points for the locals. Wagner accounted for three points, Jack Meesig two and Mayle one.